Microsoft SQL Server

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.


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Overall rating

4.6 /5
(1,938)
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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Prabhu
Prabhu
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

All time market leader

Reviewed on 29/08/2020

When comes to business critical it can consume the raw data, process it and provide to the user...

When comes to business critical it can consume the raw data, process it and provide to the user understandable format. More than decades, this software providing tremendous help to business to evolve and reach their goals by fetching data from any formate and load it into structured form and with help of powerful Tsql query languge we able to fetch the right data from database. We can also connect with any visualization tool to provide the better UI(Power BI) to users to take right decision.

Pros

1. Optimized storage and querying business critical data.
2. Powerful Tsql Query language.
3. Query execution plan to predict and optimize the data.
4. Query profiler to find out anomaly and query latency.

Cons

1. We need to take care of all patching works.
2. We need to take care of all infrastructure scalability(RAM,HDD and IO etc)
3. Server maintenance and outrage time is high.

Lasha
Lasha
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

One of the best DB management systems.

Reviewed on 21/01/2020

I've been using SQL Server for a few years and I haven't had any problems with it except for...

I've been using SQL Server for a few years and I haven't had any problems with it except for partitioning. It's very optimized and stable and due to it being free - it's an amazing choice for small and medium enterprises.

Pros

MSSQL comes jam-packed with features. It's standard library is enough to cover the needs of a small enterprise. It is also very stable and can handle large amounts of database exceedingly well. However, my favorite tool is the built-in scripting language - T-SQL. It is very powerful and flexible and lets you do anything you might need.

Cons

SQL Server takes up a lot of computing resource. We have a small data warehouse and yet it takes up over 1 TB. Views are not as useful as in Oracle. For example, partitioning a fact table by multiple columns is impossible without a workaround.

Alternatives Considered

Oracle Database

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

SQL Server is free and offers all the features we needed. Oracle is overkill for a hospital.
Sergio R
Sergio R
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Good RDBMS

Reviewed on 25/06/2022

Pros

Very easy to implement and integrate with other systems.

Cons

MS SQL Server consumes almost all compute resourses

Alternatives Considered

PostgreSQL

Reasons for Choosing Microsoft SQL Server

Cost

Switched From

Oracle Database
Lew
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  • Industry: Farming
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Microsoft SQL Server - the heart of our organization

Reviewed on 25/01/2024

Pros

In a Windows Server world, MS SQL Server integrates easily on top of Windows Servers and is very easy to use if you have any SQL experience. The power it gives in a data-centric world is what I like most!

Cons

It is somewhat cumbersome to get data from a SQL query grid easily into an Excel format.

Giorgi
Giorgi
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  • Industry: Banking
  • Company size: 5,001–10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A great database system for any purpose

Reviewed on 25/07/2019

We use SQL Server for a data warehouse project in a large bank. It stores thousands of tables and...

We use SQL Server for a data warehouse project in a large bank. It stores thousands of tables and terabytes of data, so it's mandatory for DBMS to run smoothly. SQL server does its job extremely well.

Pros

SQL server is packed with features. It was a very fun job to implement it and using it is even better. Runs well, built-in tools are useful and plenty.

Cons

It takes up quite a bit of resources. Sometimes, tech support isn't very helpful. Otherwise, it's good.

Alternatives Considered

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Reasons for Choosing Microsoft SQL Server

Oracle didn't offer the needed stability for working with huge databases.

Switched From

Oracle Database

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

SQL server offers more functionality and stability.
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Microsoft SQL Server FAQs

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Microsoft SQL Server offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$13,748.00/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, French

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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