There are two available options to deploy SQL Server on GCP: virtual machine instances and sole-tenant nodes
Virtual Machine instances: SQL Server per-core licenses are included in the cost of the Windows Server instances purchased on-demand. Whether you bring your existing SQL Server images to run on VM instances, or use the pre-built images available in GCP.
GCP provides images with Microsoft SQL Server preinstalled on Windows Server. For these SQL Server images, GCP manages the license for both Windows Server and SQL Server, and includes the cost in your monthly bill. Create instances with SQL Server and scale to large multi-node configurations when you need them.
Sole-tenant nodes: GCP will also enable you to bring your own licensing (BYOL) for SQL Server with your own images to GCP sole tenant and remain compliant for Microsoft licensing.
A sole-tenant from GCP is a dedicated single-tenant host that is fully dedicated for your use. GCP will not support two customers to share the same set of resources, such as hardware or storage for the term of your subscription. In this case, the outsourcing wording within the Microsoft Product Terms applies.
Sole-tenant – Software Assurance is not required to bring your SQL Server licenses to GCP sole-tenant.
Although Software Assurance is not required to bring your own SQL Server licenses to a dedicated sole-tenant, you will be able to leverage your legacy licenses for prior software versions. The use rights for the originally licensed version will still apply.
GCP sole-tenant is ideal for leveraging licenses where active Software Assurance has not been maintained, or licenses were purchased without Software Assurance. Additionally, sole-tenant will support per-core, per processor, and server with CAL based license models to take advantage of your prior software licensing investments.
However, it may be beneficial to maintain active Software Assurance to enable access to ‘New Version Rights’ as new software versions are released and to leverage Software Assurance Benefits.