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:

$931.00/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Markets

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Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

$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 Software
  • Data Cleansing
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Extraction Software
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Mapping
  • Data Migration
  • Data Profiling
  • Data Quality Control
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Verification
  • Data Visualization Software
  • Full Text Search
  • IT, Server & Network Monitoring Software
  • Performance Analysis
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics Software
  • Queries
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Search/Filter
  • Visual Analytics

Alternatives

MySQL

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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
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MongoDB

4.6
#4 Alternative to Microsoft SQL Server
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(1,596)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support Software
4.3/5

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Lucas D.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Great use for any company

Reviewed on 05/12/2021

Overall a great SQL service, at first I did not consider paid SQL servers but it is pretty...

Overall a great SQL service, at first I did not consider paid SQL servers but it is pretty efficient and worth the cost

Pros

Easily manage tables using the server management studio, able to set custom permissions for all use cases, has a decent log keeping for auditing, Easy to spin up even without a lot of experience with SQL servers.

Cons

With large data sets doing restores takes a long time between systems. Used mainly with the Windows operation system.

Alphonce A.
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • 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.
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  • Industry: Libraries
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

SQL Server as a primary tool for developers

Reviewed on 18/06/2021

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.

Carlos hugo martin C.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support Software
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Experience with Microsoft SQL Server

Reviewed on 25/12/2021

For highly transactional systems in windows environments.

For highly transactional systems in windows environments.

Pros

The ease with which you can implement and manage a database, without necessarily taking into account a series of advanced confirmations initially.

Cons

In the case of highly transactional systems, the implementation of the replication functionality becomes very complex, since the control of the transaction log has to be carried out independently or else it ends up running out of space.

Alternatives Considered

MariaDB, MySQL, and Oracle Database

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

For the licenses and windows environments in which the systems would be implemented. In addition, there are systems that are more performant with that database.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Corporate relational databases

Reviewed on 16/11/2021

Its interface is so complete that any query and data transformation task can be carried out. As...

Its interface is so complete that any query and data transformation task can be carried out. As well as procedures and functions. It is a tool that combined with other systems such as SSIS can become vital for the BI of a company.

Pros

Being a software with so many years of experience, it has the solidity and stability of a highly efficient and corporate platform.

Cons

It is not a platform that is easy to implement and use for small or medium-sized companies. Its use would be very expensive and exhausting.

Alternatives Considered

MySQL and PostgreSQL

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft SQL Server

For its stability and support as it is a highly efficient and corporate platform. For large companies it is the most successful option.
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Microsoft SQL Server FAQs

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Microsoft SQL Server offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: $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 Software, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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