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It costs $5k for SQL Server with replication, you can use SQL Express for the monitor so all you're looking at is the 5K license you'd need for SQL Server Standard, if you need Enterprise it's only 20K. This are all retail prices which no one actually pays.

Ok, and if you have 50GB of data and have made a determination that SQL Server has some features that you're willing to pay 5k for, fine.

I still think embedding all your app logic together with your underlying data in PL/SQL or any equivalents is a bad idea but hey that's for anyone to do and find out themselves :)

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