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Likelihood to Recommend

Cassandra

Apache Cassandra is a NoSQL database and well suited where you need highly available, linearly scalable, tunable consistency and high performance across varying workloads. It has worked well for our use cases, and I shared my experiences to use it effectively at the last Cassandra summit! http://bit.ly/1Ok56TKIt is a NoSQL database, finally you can tune it to be strongly consistent and successfully use it as such. However those are not usual patterns, as you negotiate on latency. It works well if you require that. If your use case needs strongly consistent environments with semantics of a relational database or if the use case needs a data warehouse, or if you need NoSQL with ACID transactions, Apache Cassandra may not be the optimum choice.
Rekha Joshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Since [Microsoft] SQL Server is a widely-accepted and popular database format, it is well-suited for smaller and larger environments, thanks to the different SQL Server versions available. SQL Server installation and configuration is fairly straightforward, and can be installed on different hardware, depending on needs. It may be less appropriate where simple database usage is required.
John Suit | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

NoSQL Databases

Cassandra
8.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Performance
Cassandra
8.5
Microsoft SQL Server
Availability
Cassandra
8.7
Microsoft SQL Server
Concurrency
Cassandra
7.6
Microsoft SQL Server
Security
Cassandra
8.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Scalability
Cassandra
9.4
Microsoft SQL Server
Data model flexibility
Cassandra
6.7
Microsoft SQL Server
Deployment model flexibility
Cassandra
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server

Pros

Cassandra

  • Continuous availability: as a fully distributed database (no master nodes), we can update nodes with rolling restarts and accommodate minor outages without impacting our customer services.
  • Linear scalability: for every unit of compute that you add, you get an equivalent unit of capacity. The same application can scale from a single developer's laptop to a web-scale service with billions of rows in a table.
  • Amazing performance: if you design your data model correctly, bearing in mind the queries you need to answer, you can get answers in milliseconds.
  • Time-series data: Cassandra excels at recording, processing, and retrieving time-series data. It's a simple matter to version everything and simply record what happens, rather than going back and editing things. Then, you can compute things from the recorded history.
David Prinzing | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Good range of data types helps us store lots of diverse data
  • Easy administration helps us control who has access and what they can do with the data
  • Backup and restore processes are easy to manage and provide good security
  • Data can be easily replicated from Server to Server for use in other countries
Paul Nockolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cassandra

  • Cassandra runs on the JVM and therefor may require a lot of GC tuning for read/write intensive applications.
  • Requires manual periodic maintenance - for example it is recommended to run a cleanup on a regular basis.
  • There are a lot of knobs and buttons to configure the system. For many cases the default configuration will be sufficient, but if its not - you will need significant ramp up on the inner workings of Cassandra in order to effectively tune it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Enterprise is unbelievably expensive.
  • Not tolerant of bad practices and poor query writing, really shows up when you do it badly!
  • Deep insight into what is happening with query performance is not especially great (but as mentioned in the "Pros", software support from third parties does cover this).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cassandra

Cassandra 8.6
Based on 16 answers
I would recommend Cassandra DB to those who know their use case very well, as well as know how they are going to store and retrieve data. If you need a guarantee in data storage and retrieval, and a DB that can be linearly grown by adding nodes across availability zones and regions, then this is the database you should choose.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cassandra

Cassandra 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It’s great tool but it can be complicated when it comes administration and maintenance.
Glen Kim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.1
Based on 10 answers
SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cassandra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cassandra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cassandra

Cassandra 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Sometimes instead giving straight answer, we ‘re getting transfered to talk professional service.
Glen Kim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 7.9
Based on 32 answers
We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cassandra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cassandra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cassandra

Cassandra 7.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cassandra

We evaluated MongoDB also, but don't like the single point failure possibility. The HBase coupled us too tightly to the Hadoop world while we prefer more technical flexibility. Also HBase is designed for "cold"/old historical data lake use cases and is not typically used for web and mobile applications due to its performance concern. Cassandra, by contrast, offers the availability and performance necessary for developing highly available applications. Furthermore, the Hadoop technology stack is typically deployed in a single location, while in the big international enterprise context, we demand the feasibility for deployment across countries and continents, hence finally we are favor of Cassandra
yixiang Shan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is one of the fastest RDBMS systems available in the market. Pricing is a bit on the higher side but all the features it provides pretty much justifies it. It can be integrated with a large number of frameworks thus enabling to work on multiple frameworks for your application without much worrying about the backend support or compatibility.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cassandra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cassandra

  • I have no experience with this but from the blogs and news what I believe is that in businesses where there is high demand for scalability, Cassandra is a good choice to go for.
  • Since it works on CQL, it is quite familiar with SQL in understanding therefore it does not prevent a new employee to start in learning and having the Cassandra experience at an industrial level.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • With just one server we can easily host databases for many applications, which makes it easier to maintain.
  • The ROI on Microsoft SQL Server is very good as we have been able to set it and forget with out too much time invested in keeping it up and running.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server down time has been minimal and 90% of the downtime is due to our user error.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cassandra

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cassandra Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft SQL Server

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft SQL Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise$13,748.001
Subscription$1,418.001
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cassandra
6.8
Microsoft SQL Server
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Cassandra
8.6
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Usability

Cassandra
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Cassandra
Microsoft SQL Server
10.0

Performance

Cassandra
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Support Rating

Cassandra
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server
7.9

In-Person Training

Cassandra
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Online Training

Cassandra
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Cassandra
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Scalability

Cassandra
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

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