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Attribute Ratings

  • MySQL is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating
  • Microsoft SQL Server is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

MySQL

85%
133 Ratings
9.1

Microsoft SQL Server

91%
95 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

MySQL

99%
4 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
6 Ratings

Usability

10.0

MySQL

100%
6 Ratings
9.9

Microsoft SQL Server

99%
10 Ratings

Availability

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft SQL Server

100%
2 Ratings

Performance

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.6

MySQL

86%
4 Ratings
7.9

Microsoft SQL Server

79%
49 Ratings

In-Person Training

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

8.0

MySQL

80%
2 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
10 Ratings

Configurability

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft SQL Server

100%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

MySQL

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft SQL Server

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle

For smaller database backends, this product works well. Our backend printer management software is using MySQL as its backend and we have not had any issues since it went live 2 years ago. It's also free so no licensing worries.
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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

Oracle

  • Security: is embedded at each level in MySQL. Authentication mechanisms are in place for configuring user access and even service account access to applications. MySQL is secure enough under the hood to store your sensitive information. Also, additional plugins are available that sit on top of MySQL for even tighter security.
  • Widely adopted: MySQL is used across the industry and is trusted the most. Therefore, if you face any problems, simply Google it and you shall land in plenty of forums. This is a great relief as when you are in a need of help, you can find it right in your browser.
  • Lightweight application: MySQL is not a heavy application. However, the data you store in the database can get heavy with time, but as in the configuration and MySql application files, those are not very heavy and can easily be installed on legacy systems as well.
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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

Oracle

  • Although you can add the data you require as more and more data is added, the fixity of it becomes more critical.
  • As the demand, size, and use of the system increase, you may also need to change or acquire more equipment on your servers, although this is an internal inconvenience for the company.
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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

MySQL

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

MySQL 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

    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

    Oracle

    For teaching Databases and SQL, I would definitely continue to use MySQL. It provides a good, solid foundation to learn about databases. Also to learn about the SQL language and how it works with the creation, insertion, deletion, updating, and manipulation of data, tables, and databases. This SQL language is a foundation and can be used to learn many other database related concepts.
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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

    Oracle

    I give MySQL a 9/10 overall because I really like it but I feel like there are a lot of tech people who would hate it if I gave it a 10/10. I've never had any problems with it or reached any of its limitations but I know a few people who have so I can't give it a 10/10 based on those complaints.
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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

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    Its does not have outages.
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    Performance

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

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

    Oracle

    The support staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. I only had to get part way through my explanations before they had a solution. They will walk you through a fix or actually connect in and fix the problem for you--or would if you can allow it. I've done it both ways with them. They are always forthcoming with 'how to do this if it happens again' information. I love working with MySQL support.
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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

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    It was good
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    Online Training

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

    very hands on and detailed training
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    Implementation Rating

    Oracle

    1. Estimate your data size. 2. Test, test, and test.
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    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

    Oracle

    MongoDB is an application oriented solution with unstructured data. Percona Server for MySQL is a good solution when looking for performance peaks and the amount of data grows continuously over time. MySQL is the ideal solution when we have a data schema defined and we do not have great requirements at the performance level.
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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

    Oracle

    No answers on this topic

    Microsoft

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

    Oracle

    • It has made site management through a CMS like WordPress or Drupal infinitely easier to manage.
    • It is a critical part of the LAMP, WAMP and MAMP stack and has been a major driver of innovation in the content-management-system space, pushing site and web-application development toward greater democratization.
    • It has proved to be very reliable and easy to set up and administer and saves me tremendous time troubleshooting query and performance issues.
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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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