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Couchbase

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Score 8.4 out of 100

Microsoft SQL Server

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Couchbase

It is well suited to hold our player data and give us ease of access to it. Most of our multiplayer features in our titles leverage querying couchbase for the relevant player data. The resiliency of couchbase also gives us peace of mind with having a up to date replica and backups. I am not entirely sure were couchbase would not be appropriate in my experience
Nevin Vorfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

I've found Microsoft SQL Server a robust and affordable solution for most OLTP scenarios, starting with department solutions up to enterprise-level systems. There are many advanced features (like compression and partitioning) that correctly implemented provide huge benefits on performance, reducing hardware requirements and costs. The default locking mechanism can be a problem for systems with high concurrency if the READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT option is not selected.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

NoSQL Databases

Couchbase
8.3
Microsoft SQL Server
Performance
Couchbase
8.4
Microsoft SQL Server
Availability
Couchbase
8.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Concurrency
Couchbase
8.3
Microsoft SQL Server
Security
Couchbase
7.6
Microsoft SQL Server
Scalability
Couchbase
8.6
Microsoft SQL Server
Data model flexibility
Couchbase
7.5
Microsoft SQL Server
Deployment model flexibility
Couchbase
8.7
Microsoft SQL Server

Pros

Couchbase

  • Key/value data store. Couchbase is blazing fast at data access and retrieval when you know what keys you want to access.
  • Data querying with N1QL. If you have your indexes set up right, searching your unstructured data can be really fast too.
  • Management dashboard. The Couchbase platform has a great admin panel that provides tons of insights into how your cluster is performing.
Ryan J. Thompson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Easy to setup with the included Wizard that helps to get you up and running with the essential components covered. You won't waste a lot of time reading through documentation to just get started.
  • There is a large community of support for Microsoft SQL Server that can help to troubleshoot issues and explain how to tackle a problem.
  • The other components and modules to the system make is easy to setup backups and connections to other services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Couchbase

  • Should allow servers to change their roles on the fly - currently you will need to take down the server and re-assign roles
  • SDK documentation is not as helpful and should have more examples
  • No pre-compiled procedures - unlike in SQL Server, Couchbase does not have pre-compiled stored procedures therefore we have to run various test to optimize our application
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • There isn't as much that I dislike with SQL Server. It will be good to have features where we have fine grain control over internal things. For example, it would have been a good feature to have historical tracking of the metrics as opposed to setting up custom metrics. Overall SQL Server made my life easy to manage a lot of databases and ease of use while migration projects.
  • The database is the target of many attacks from it's SA account, this must come disabled by default and just after the instalation, some of 30 seconds, the attacks start, with many requests per second, it needs to improve the firewall to prevent these attacks, or put the SQL Server inside of a VPN and local network to avoid these attacks.
  • It requires knowledge and in-depth technical skills to make complex processes truly performing, especially if we are in very complex infrastructures
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Couchbase

Couchbase 2.1
Based on 3 answers
I rarely actually use Couchbase Server, I just stay up-to-date with the features that it provides. However, when the need arises for a NoSQL datastore, then I will strongly consider it as an option
Jordan Moore | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We are a Microsoft Gold partner and are very in depth with our SQL server development with out software and it would take too many resources to try and switch to another database product, not to mention all of our clients run SQL Server so we would then have to support SQL and another product which is fiscally irresponsible.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Couchbase

Couchbase 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Couchbase has been quite a usable for our implementation. We had similar experience with our previous "trial" implementation, however it was short lived.
Couchbase has so far exceeded expectation. Our implementation team is more confident than ever before.
When we are Live for more than 6 months, I'm hoping to enhance this rating.
Chethan Chandra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
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

Couchbase

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

Couchbase

Couchbase 8.8
Based on 71 answers
Couchbase's performance has been excellent in our experience. In one particular case, the use of Couchbase instead of RDBMS improved page load speeds by an order of magnitude. The fact that adding more nodes scales both the read and write performance automatically and transparently has been particularly advantageous for our OLTP use cases.
Brant Burnett | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Couchbase

Couchbase 7.5
Based on 2 answers
I haven't had many opportunities to request support, I will look forward to better the rating. We have technical development and integration team who reach out directly to TAM at Couchbase.
Chethan Chandra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.4
Based on 28 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

Couchbase

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

Couchbase

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

Couchbase

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 5 answers
As mentioned before, the implementation of SQL Server in a company that is beginning to use a new structure, which does not require any type of data migration, do not requires particular comment to make.
If you must to do a porting of databases from a different platform, definitely you need to consider the situation in detail depending on your needs.
Luca Campanelli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Couchbase

I'm not qualified enough to make a meaningful comparison, but 2 years after, I hear regularly about issues on Mongo from the other teams, especially on the SRE side. On our side, not much to say, except that it works. Ram, CPU, disk behave like expected. Same for bandwidth. Response time stays low. Not much to add.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

The reason we've decided to go with Microsoft over Oracle or MySQL is because our company lives in the Microsoft ecosystem. It works well with other Microsoft products (Exchange, Office, etc.). It allows for easier integration. Also, the support from Microsoft is crucial, in case we run across complicated issues. They've helped as a lot. Our company actually maintained the largest Microsoft Dynamics database at one time, and there were several times we've had to reach out to Microsoft to fix unique errors and issues we had.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Couchbase

Couchbase 8.4
Based on 53 answers
The system is multidimensional scalable. We can enable a specific service (DATA, INDEX, QUERY, ...) on specific nodes inside a cluster.The only limit, for now, is the Map/Reduce view service that is combined with the DATA service. It is then not possible to scale it independently from DATA nodes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Couchbase

  • We can implement the mobile app using community release.
  • The peer to peer syncing technology saves our development time.
  • The CRUD process will be stopped when index and view are growing rapidly, we have to delete index files and reindex again.
Kok Sang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • We can very quickly and easily start up a new database.
  • Active Directory integration has been a huge time saver for us.
  • It changed the way we did our data backup strategy by giving us a backup 4-5 times a day instead of once at night.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Couchbase

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Couchbase
8.3
Microsoft SQL Server
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Couchbase
2.1
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Usability

Couchbase
8.0
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Couchbase
Microsoft SQL Server
10.0

Performance

Couchbase
8.8
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Support Rating

Couchbase
7.5
Microsoft SQL Server
8.4

In-Person Training

Couchbase
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Online Training

Couchbase
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Couchbase
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Scalability

Couchbase
8.4
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

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