Microsoft SQL Server

Relational database management system for data analytics

About Microsoft SQL Server

SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDMS) designed to help businesses of all sizes analyze structured or unstructured data across various data environments including Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, MySQL, and more. It enables administrators to track the performance of databases, monitor data lakes, and handle data warehousing operations on a unified platform.

Features of SQL Server include multi-language support, compliance management, data classification, automated alerts, full-text search, and more. It allows software developers to manage big data environments and deploy data clusters of containerized instances of Apache Spark and Hadoop Data File System (HDFS). DevOps teams can also utilize in-memory database capabilities to track the performance of business workloads.

SQL Server provides extract, transform, and load (ETL) capabilities, which enable users to extract business data from various sources, create custom workflows, execute aggregation, deduplication, or merging of data, and export the transformed data into destination databases or files. It allows employees to store digital objects including dynamic management views (DMVs), procedures, indexes, constraints, and transaction logs in a centralized repository.

Pricing starting from:

US$931.00/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$931.00/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server

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Features

Total features of Microsoft SQL Server: 36

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Benchmarking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Dashboard
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Dictionary Management
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Mapping
  • Data Migration
  • Data Profiling
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Verification
  • Data Visualisation
  • Full Text Search
  • Performance Analysis
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Queries
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Data Preparation
  • Server Monitoring
  • Visual Analytics

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MySQL

4.6
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Oracle Database

4.5
#2 Alternative to Microsoft SQL Server
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PostgreSQL

4.6
#3 Alternative to Microsoft SQL Server
PostgreSQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS), which helps businesses store, manage, and...

MongoDB

4.6
#4 Alternative to Microsoft SQL Server
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(1,675)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Jonathan alexander C.
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A robust database engine with high information security standards.

Reviewed on 25/05/2022

At the moment we have no negative features to add to the product

At the moment we have no negative features to add to the product

Pros

How safe this database engine can be, its integration with other technological tools, say, programming languages, infrastructure, datawarehouse and more

Cons

A bit the price, since the enterprise license is a bit expensive

Alternatives Considered

Oracle Database and IBM Db2

Reasons for Choosing Microsoft SQL Server

We needed a more robust database engine due to the growth of the company and the processes that are currently being handled, plus the integrations with different platforms.

Switched From

PostgreSQL and MySQL

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

We needed a more robust database engine due to the growth of the company and the processes that are currently being handled, plus the integrations with different platforms.
Paolo P.
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  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The quintessential database server

Reviewed on 25/05/2022

From the administrative point of view, database management is certainly more efficient than in the...

From the administrative point of view, database management is certainly more efficient than in the past, I must say that in some cases we have been able to solve particular data extractions that without the use of the T-SQL language we would not have been able.

Pros

Microsoft has always tried over the years to improve its flagship product, achieving good stability and robustness. For administrators, the management interface is particularly useful and easy to use.
SQL Server has allowed us to manage several databases at the same time from our applications without problems giving the possibility to colleagues to have, for example, always updated sales data.

Cons

Unfortunately I must also report the defects and in this case in my opinion the interface for administrators has become too slow in terms of starting in the latest versions.
Sometimes product updates do not install correctly, even if this rarely happens it can create a general disservice almost always in time of need.

Alternatives Considered

PostgreSQL

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

Because when it comes to Microsoft products, it's inevitable not to rate them
Anil C.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Database Tool from Microsoft SQL Server

Reviewed on 01/06/2022

I used Microsoft SQL Server for my customers website to work with developer team, it is handy but...

I used Microsoft SQL Server for my customers website to work with developer team, it is handy but it is quite expensive and hard to use if you don't understand SQL programming.

Pros

Microsoft SQL Serves has many feature inside, you can use if you are SQL developer but it might be hard to use if you are not developer, just an marketer.

Cons

Microsoft SQL Server is really expensive when you compare it with MongoDB or MySQL.

Masoud D.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A database system that you can trust your data with!

Reviewed on 10/03/2022

I believe we rely on Microsoft SQL Server and its great features and performance a lot. It's our...

I believe we rely on Microsoft SQL Server and its great features and performance a lot. It's our first choice in terms of an RDBMS database and I believe it remains as such for a long time.

Pros

I've been using Microsoft SQL Server since version 2000 and I must say that every year the team behind it adds tons of improvements and great new features that keep this software a fantastic competitor in the market.
The database engine is very clever in optimising your queries, giving insights on improvements and dealing with your complex queries.
Microsoft's TSQL is very easy to understand and very easy to grasp even though in recent years the team have introduced more complex query templates but still it stands out impressively amongst the others.
I also love that they have released the full version as a Developer version where you can try all the software's great features without any cost at all!

Cons

The huge cost difference between the Standard and the Enterprise version is a put off as certain features like table partitioning should be part of the Standard version.

Alternatives Considered

MySQL

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

The greater community behind it and the performance difference made us go to Microsoft SQL Server as our first choice.
Anthony B.
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

SQL Server | The Gold Standard

Reviewed on 28/04/2022

Overall, I have had an excellent experience with SQL Server. It is cost-effective, provides a great...

Overall, I have had an excellent experience with SQL Server. It is cost-effective, provides a great deal of functionality, and is a great piece of software for database management.

Pros

In my current role as an Application Manager, it is vital to have a means of benchmarking and assessing application performance. The tools within SQL Server, particularly Activity Monitor, make it very easy to determine when performance bottlenecks arise.

Cons

I believe the default alerting functionality could be improved. For example, I believe it would make more sense to alert the user to any failed SQL Agent jobs when launching SSMS. Currently, either alerts need to be set up individually or the user would need to view the job history.

Alternatives Considered

Oracle Cloud HCM

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

Cost was the main deciding factor, but we also had/have more SQL Server experience in-house when compared to Oracle.
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Microsoft SQL Server FAQs

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Microsoft SQL Server offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$931.00/one-time
  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • Free Trial: Available

SQL Server offers a 180-day free trial for new users, after which the software is available across various pricing tiers Enterprise - $13748 Standard (per core) - $3586 Standard (server) - $899 Standard (CAL) - $209 Developer – Available to users for free Express – Available to users for free Additional cost for subscriptions and add-ons include - SQL Server Enterprise - $5434/year SQL Server Standard - $1418/year Big data node cores - $400/year

Microsoft SQL Server has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Microsoft SQL Server supports the following languages:

English

Microsoft SQL Server supports the following devices:

Microsoft SQL Server integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Azure, MySQL

Microsoft SQL Server offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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