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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Database-as-a-Service

    7.8

    IBM Cloud Databases

    78%

    Microsoft SQL Server

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cloud Databases ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Automatic software patching

    7.7
    77%
    75 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database scalability

    7.7
    77%
    85 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automated backups

    8.2
    82%
    88 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database security provisions

    8.4
    84%
    81 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring and metrics

    7.2
    72%
    85 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automatic host deployment

    7.5
    75%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cloud Databases is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Microsoft SQL Server is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.7

    IBM Cloud Databases

    77%
    92 Ratings
    9.1

    Microsoft SQL Server

    91%
    95 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    IBM Cloud Databases

    80%
    7 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    6 Ratings

    Usability

    8.6

    IBM Cloud Databases

    86%
    5 Ratings
    9.9

    Microsoft SQL Server

    99%
    10 Ratings

    Availability

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.9

    IBM Cloud Databases

    99%
    15 Ratings
    7.9

    Microsoft SQL Server

    79%
    49 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Configurability

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    100%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    IBM Cloud Databases

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft SQL Server

    90%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    I think the best use case for using IBM Cloud Databases is when other products in the IBM Cloud ecosystem are being used. It works very well when computing is being used, or any other IBM cloud products really. I could also see these products being really useful in any scenario where a managed database is wanted with little overhead to set it up and manage it.
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    Microsoft

    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.
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    Pros

    IBM

    • The ease of setup was effortless. For anyone with development experience, a few simple questions such as name and login data will get you set up.
    • The web application to manage cluster settings, billing settings and even introspect the data was simple and most importantly worked all the time. This can not always be said for web interfaces of other products.
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    Microsoft

    • 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
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    Cons

    IBM

    • Better cost reports, before just increasing to another tier, thus increasing the price. This is critical for early stage startups, where budget is tight.
    • Add more data center options. As a comparison, a similar service, Aiven.io has dozen more options than Compose (basically all big cloud providers). We moved from AWS to Digital Ocean, which made us stop using Compose, since Compose forces us to be either on IBM or AWS.
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    Microsoft

    • 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
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    Pricing Details

    IBM Cloud Databases

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cloud Databases editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Microsoft SQL Server

      Starting Price

      $0 Per License

      Editions & Modules

      Microsoft SQL Server editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Enterprise$13,748.001
      Subscription$1,418.002

      Footnotes

      1. Per License
      2. Per License

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      IBM

      IBM is our trusted partner which never failed to meet our expectations. Stability, efficiency, usability and security is a must have for our business which is fully provided by IBM Cloud Databases
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      Microsoft

      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.
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      Usability

      IBM

      It is great the only things I have stumbled upon is the non standard port 80 they use and sometimes expired SSL certificate.
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      Microsoft

      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.
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      Reliability and Availability

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      Its does not have outages.
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      Performance

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
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      Support Rating

      IBM

      Support is helpful enough, but we haven't always had questions answered in a satisfactory manner. At one time we realized that Compose had stopped taking database snapshots on its two-per-day schedule, and had in fact not taken one for many days. Support recognized the problem and it was fixed, but the lack of proactive checks and the inability to share exactly what happened has caused us to look elsewhere for production work loads
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      Microsoft

      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.
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      In-Person Training

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      It was good
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      Online Training

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      very hands on and detailed training
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      Implementation Rating

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      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.
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      Alternatives Considered

      IBM

      The reason why I choose IBM Cloud Databases is that the IBM cloud toolset is already being used in other functions of the company and by using IBM Cloud Databases, the other cloud tools are better embedded and integrated. If the company is set to use amazon tools, I would go for rds.
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      Microsoft

      [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.
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      Scalability

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
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      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • Prove use cases prior to administering entire platform, obtain ROI faster
      • Able to achieve the technological components of our advanced analytics team without full scale purchase of AI platform
      • Developed several studies to prove out cloud Db value, speed to deploy
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      Microsoft

      • 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.
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