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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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: 33

  • API
  • 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 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
  • Server Monitoring
  • Visual Analytics

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PostgreSQL

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(1,575)
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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Mir fida N. Mir fida N.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Best database management tool for relational databases

Reviewed on 11/8/2021

I would recommend it to all low-scale and small organizations that are already using MS Office...

I would recommend it to all low-scale and small organizations that are already using MS Office products or subscriptions. Its interface is similar to learn and use like other Microsoft software. Enterprise and large corporates can look into Oracle services if they require specific Oracle-made enterprise functions and features to handle very complex data.

Pros

First and foremost, it has all the features and functionality from the basics to advanced users for relational database management. Can be integrated well with other Microsft software especially Visual Studio code for a smooth development experience. Along with data storage management, professional performance analysis can be performed through GUI server management studio tools like Database Tuning Advisor. Data Analysts will find data extraction and filtration as well as visual & interactive report generation quite beneficial in their routine tasks. Backup and restore from one SQL server to another is fairly simple. Pricing is very reasonable according to the DBMS system and tools that are provided.

Cons

One of the main issues is that licensing price packages are difficult to choose due to confing choices for common users. One other limitation is that a backup made in a newer version of MS SQL server is not compatible with an older version of SQL Server. For large volumes of data records and for complex data it becomes slower to process queries. Taking backup of a very large number of records also takes time. Sometimes difficult to debug syntax errors.

Alternatives Considered

Oracle Data Management Platform

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

We decided to use an MS SQL server as it suits our needs in pricing, features, and performance. Also, it is easier to use for development teams that are already using Microsoft products like MS Office. Students should also use it to learn the basics of SQL through a GUI environment. Oracle database service is more expensive due to the fact it handles complex & large-scale enterprise data. We did not require those enterprise features.
Anthony G. Anthony G.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The Only Enterprise Level DBMS I Use

Reviewed on 21/7/2021

We build enterprise level SAAS, Desktop, Web and Mobile applications and API's. I've been SQL...

We build enterprise level SAAS, Desktop, Web and Mobile applications and API's. I've been SQL Server for over a decade mainly as a DB Developer but at times as an administrator as well.

Pros

A mature DBMS with no limits. Anything we or our customers wanted has always been possible with SQL Server. First class security, speed, and connection capabilities have enabled us to create world class applications for desktop, mobile, and web.

The SQL Server community is huge which is critical for those new or rarely used features. I've been working in SQL Server for over a decade and still haven't touched many of the features available. Having a robust community makes learning any new feature quick and easy!

Cons

It's not a SQL Server thing per se... but Microsoft's support in general is weak at best. I've never really had a good experience using Microsoft support as it is slow and cumbersome and many times the reps don't communicate well. The huge community is what really what makes all Microsoft products manageable as most anything you want to learn or figure out is a quick browser search away.

Alphonce A. Alphonce A.
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Why I chose Microsoft SQl Server as my RDBMS

Reviewed on 14/11/2021

I am interacting with the organizational databases through Microsoft SQL Server.

I am interacting with the organizational databases through Microsoft SQL Server.

Pros

My 4 years of interaction with Microsoft SQl Server have been a nice experience. Before I knew Microsoft SQL Server I could not imagine an RDBMS that is so easy to integrate with other systems and has better security features that ensure that data in the database is well protected.

Cons

Even though Microsoft SQL Server is an RDBMS, it felt like too much work transferring data to other statistical software just to conduct simple analyses. I feel that in addition to the currently available analysis that can be done on Microsoft SQL Server, more statistical tools should be added to the software.

Wilmer josué G. Wilmer josué G.
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  • Industry: Libraries
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

SQL Server as a primary tool for developers

Reviewed on 18/6/2021

I have been using SQL server since the first periods of college in my programming classes, as a...

I have been using SQL server since the first periods of college in my programming classes, as a storage of information I have been taught its practical use both personally and for program development in companies. I find it a very useful and versatile tool, it is used with ease as long as the developer has studied enough information about sql server because a novice and a pro can delete by mistake a whole database, you have to be careful because there are no request messages to deny the deletion. To use the tool I recommend to practice a lot and to comment the coding.

Pros

What I liked about the tool is the practical use it has, it can be used by novices in an easy way, as long as someone teaches them the basics, it is very useful on a daily basis due to the management of databases and their respective migration to other platforms. The management of the information becomes useful, it is versatile to changes before, during and after the development of the project.

Cons

What I liked least is the interface and the work area because when moving a part of that interface it is not very intuitive to place it to the default place, I have had problems with that and also that for processes of adding data I find the work space very small.

Hasan S. Hasan S.
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  • Industry: Banking
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

SQL Server

Reviewed on 25/6/2021

Overall experience is just amazing. I have been using it for almost 2 years and it helped my...

Overall experience is just amazing. I have been using it for almost 2 years and it helped my organization a lot during release upgrade and it made database migrations so smooth.

Pros

Microsoft SQL is quite simple to install and configurations are also easy. As it is a relational database management system, it is a perfect tool for data analysts. As it enable users to filter and extract required data in a few seconds. The product comes with a lot of features like Query analyzer, Integration services, Job scheduler and Reporting services as well. Restoration and backup of multiple databases is a great advantage and I found this feature very useful because it helps a lot in restoring databases in case of any disaster. Also, one can easily schedule tasks in job tools section which is also a very helpful feature of this tool.

Cons

Well, it occupies more data storage in order to install database engine as compared to other SQL databases. Also, support is pretty much expensive and requires a lot of maintenance. It consumes too much resources to load and start.

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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+

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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