CAL means Client Access License. A CAL is required if you want a client computer to access a Microsoft SQL Server.
We can supply Device CALs and User CALs.
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|License Type||This is a perpetual license. Also known as a lifetime license. That means that it does not end. You can use it for as long as you wish.|
This product is a SQL Server 2022 User CAL. If you prefer SQL Server 2022 Device CALs, please click on this link:
About Device CALs and User CALs
In order to license SQL Server Standard Edition software under the Server + CAL licensing model you need to purchase a server license for each operating system environment (physical server or VM) and a client access license (CAL) for each user (User CAL) and/or device (Device CAL) that will access the SQL server or any of its components.
A Device CAL is required for every device not operated by humans.
For human operated devices, such as PCs, mobile phones, hand-held terminals, User CALs or a Device CALs can be used.
A single CAL permits access to any number of licensed SQL servers.
SQL Server CALs are required for all users or devices that input data into, query, or view data from a SQL Server database either directly or indirectly (through a pooling device, an intermediary system or product, a web-based application, etc.). Such technique of aggregating or pooling connections to a SQL server is defined as “multiplexing”.
If you have more users than devices, it is cheaper to choose Device CALs. For example, you have twenty staff sharing five computers.
But if you have more devices than users, it is cheaper to choose Users CALs. For example, you have twenty computers available for five staff.
Microsoft describe the difference as: A Device CAL permits one device (used by any user) to access or use the server software. A User CAL permits one user (using any device) to access or use the server software.