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Microsoft SQL Server

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Feature Set Ratings

    NoSQL Databases

    8.6

    Couchbase

    86%

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Couchbase ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Performance

    8.5
    85%
    98 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    9.2
    92%
    97 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Concurrency

    8.7
    87%
    95 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security

    8.4
    84%
    95 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scalability

    8.7
    87%
    96 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data model flexibility

    8.4
    84%
    96 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Deployment model flexibility

    8.5
    85%
    95 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Couchbase is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Microsoft SQL Server is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Performance, Product Scalability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.1

    Couchbase

    81%
    101 Ratings
    9.1

    Microsoft SQL Server

    91%
    94 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    2.1

    Couchbase

    21%
    3 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    6 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    Couchbase

    80%
    1 Rating
    9.8

    Microsoft SQL Server

    98%
    10 Ratings

    Availability

    Couchbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    8.6

    Couchbase

    86%
    156 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Couchbase

    88%
    5 Ratings
    7.9

    Microsoft SQL Server

    79%
    49 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Couchbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    Couchbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Couchbase

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    7.8

    Couchbase

    78%
    52 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Couchbase

    Best suited when edge devices have interrupted internet connection. And Couchbase provides reliable data transfer. If used for attachment Couchbase has a very poor offering. A hard limit of 20 MB is not okay. They have the best conflict resolution but not so great query language on Couchbase lite.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Microsoft SQL Server is a great RDBMS and meets all of our requirements. If you need a stable DB platform to support your line of a business application you'll be well served. Licensing costs are far cheaper, more portable and a lot more user friendly than Oracle. Product support and security patches from Microsoft are strong.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Couchbase

    • Couchbase performance is exceptional both for in-memory and persisted transactions.
    • Handling of node failures and cluster rebalancing (high availability).
    • Enterprise support from Couchbase themselves
    • Good documentation
    • Streaming of bucket (database) level mutations via their Database Change Protocol (DCP).
    • Replication of datasets between native clients and Couchbase buckets
    • Handling of simultaneous writes to the same record with performance penalties
    Jonathan Gurwitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft SQL Server

    • Easy to configure and use with Visual Studio and Dot Net
    • Easy integration with MSBI to perform data analysis
    • Data Security
    • Easy to understand and use
    • Very easy to export database and tables in the form of SQL query or a script
    Shivani Pandey | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Couchbase

    • The N1QL engine performs poorly compared to SQL engines due to the number of interactions needed, so if your use case involves the need for a lot of SQL-like query activity as opposed to the direct fetch of data in the form of a key/value map you may want to consider a RDBMS that has support for json data types so that you can more easily mix the use of relational and non-relational approaches to data access.
    • You have to be careful when using multiple capabilities (e.g. transactions with Sync Gateway) as you will typically run into problems where one technology may not operate correctly in combination with another.
    • There are quality problems with some newly released features, so be careful with being an early adopter unless you really need the capability. We somewhat desperately adopted the use of transactions, but went through multiple bughunt cycles with Couchbase working the kinks out.
    Bob Walters | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft SQL Server

    • The import/export process can be tricky to follow with lots of steps and could be better for importing flat files
    • Obtaining help from Microsoft is cumbersome and often other internet sources are better and quicker
    • The documentation is not great and again it's generally better to obtain help elsewhere if needed
    Paul Nockolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Couchbase

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    Couchbase Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Microsoft SQL Server

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0 Per License

    Microsoft SQL Server Editions & Modules

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

    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 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

    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 9.8
    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 2 answers
    Its does not have outages.
    Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Couchbase

    Couchbase 8.6
    Based on 156 answers
    One of Couchbase’s greatest assets is its performance with large datasets. Properly set up with well-sized clusters, it is also highly reliable and scalable. User management could be better though, and security often feels like an afterthought. Couchbase has improved tremendously since we started using it, so I am sure that these issues will be ironed out.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
    Based on 2 answers
    SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
    Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Couchbase

    Couchbase 8.8
    Based on 5 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 7.9
    Based on 49 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 10 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

    Couchbase

    When it comes to data storage solutions it generally all densely depends on requirements which have to be met. Couchbase is a great choice for enterprise projects where scaling together with possibly the highest achievable performance is mandatory. Having pricing under control is yet another Couchbase highlight if comparing with its direct competitors. Finally, it allows to avoid vendor lock-in.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft SQL Server

    [Microsoft] SQL Server has a much better community and professional support and is overall just a more reliable system with Microsoft behind it. I've used MySQL in the past and SQL Server has just become more comfortable for me and is my go to RDBMS.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Couchbase

    Couchbase 7.8
    Based on 52 answers
    So far, the way that we mange and upgrade our clusters has be very smooth. It works like a dream when we use it in concert with AWS and their EC2 machines. Having access to powerful instances along side the Couchbase interface is amazing and allows us to do rebalances or maintenance without a worry
    Nevin Vorfeld | 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

    • Great performance.
    • Leading Couchbase Lite capabilities for mobile use.
    • Developers' learning curve with replica reads and multi cluster can be long. Needs guidance and nurturing.
    • Cluster maintenance during OS patching, etc. has multiple ways to approach. Operational teams may need some guidance.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Microsoft SQL Server

    • Increased accuracy - We went from multiple users having different versions of an Excel spreadsheet to a single source of truth for our reporting.
    • Increased Efficiency - We can now generate reports at any time from a single source rather than multiple users spending their time collating data and generating reports.
    • Improved Security - Enterprise level security on a dedicated server rather than financial files on multiple laptop hard drives.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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