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I'm working on a project which at the moment is not being used for any commercial purposes, and I'm managing the data by using a SQL Server Database.

I read here that I should pay for it if I ever wanted to upload this database in a productive environment. So my question is: Is there any alternative to keep using it for free? If there's not, could I use the Express edition until I have 10GB of data?

The thing is I'm using EF Core to connect to the database, so I'm pretty attached to SQL Server.

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  • We usually do not give licensing advice for specific products on this site - but regarding the current SQL Express edition, look here, the guide tells you the restrictions of the Express edition, <10GB of data is just one constraint among some others. And if you have further questions about the licenses, you should ask in a Microsoft forum. – Doc Brown Jun 14 '20 at 8:39
  • Thanks @DocBrown, I'll have a look at it – Ferran R. Jun 14 '20 at 9:32
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The thing is I'm using EF Core to connect to de database, so I'm pretty attached to SQL Server.

No, you are not.

EF Core contains a bunch of providers, including Sqlite, PostgreSQL, and MySql.

Googling for specific databases gives you more information about the ability to use them with EF Core.

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