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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft SQL Server

Ultimately [Microsoft SQL Server] is fairly easy to set up and easy to use if you have knowledge of relational databases and how they work. Being from Microsoft it is a well known, widely used robust piece of software that is ever evolving and plenty of related information can be found all over the internet in various guises such as forums and blogs.
Paul Nockolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vertica

Vertica as a data warehouse to deliver analytics in-house and even to your client base on scale is not rivaled anywhere in the market. Frankly, in my experience it is not even close to equaled. Because it is such a powerful data warehouse, some people attempt to use it as a transactional database. It certainly is not one of those. Individual row inserts are slow and do not perform well. Deletes are a whole other story. RDBMS it is definitely not. OLAP it rocks.
Eva Donaldson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Stored procedures, efficient and so much easier to update business logic when under pressure!
  • High availability always on groups (since 2012), is pretty easy to set up and just works - has been an absolute savior on 2 server failures.
  • Fairly straightforward to administer out the box as it were (but this can be enhanced see below).
  • So widely used that someone somewhere has probably faced the same challenges that you have so [to] find a guide, solution, suggested path is relatively easy (not strictly a SQL server thing but makes a massive difference knowing that you have access to huge resource with a well supported well adopted piece of software).
  • Very well supported in terms of third party software to enhance administration (backups, performance, etc.).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vertica

  • Extremely fast query performance - Vertica is one of the fastest query engines out there.
  • Scales to TBs - Scales reasonably well up to 10-20 nodes and 10 - 100s of TB of data.
  • Easy to Use - Fairly easy to user, we made quite some headway with just 1 person running it for a while.
Praveen Murugesan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Partitioning does not provide as many options as Oracle (like Foreign Key partitioning, list partitions, hash partitioning and sub partitions)
  • The default READ COMMITED isolation level block readers, so it is important to use the READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT option, that should be default right now...
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vertica

  • Could use some work on better integrating with cloud providers and open source technologies. For AWS you will find an AMI in the marketplace and recently a connector for loading data from S3 directly was created. With last release, integration with Kafka was added that can help.
  • Managing large workloads (concurrent queries) is a bit challenging.
  • Having a way to provide an estimate on the duration for currently executing queries / etc. can be helpful. Vertica provides some counters for the query execution engine that are helpful but some may find confusing.
  • Unloading data over JDBC is very slow. We've had to come up with alternatives based on vsql, etc. Not a very clean, official on how to unload data.
Traian Antonescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Vertica

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Usability

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

Vertica

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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft SQL Server

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

Vertica

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Performance

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

Vertica

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Support Rating

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.0
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

Vertica

Vertica 7.6
Based on 2 answers
I haven't had any recent opportunity to reach out to Vertica support. From what I remember, I believe whenever I reached out to them the experience was smooth.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Microsoft SQL Server

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

Vertica

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Online Training

Microsoft SQL Server

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

Vertica

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Implementation Rating

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 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

Vertica

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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft SQL Server

Since we run a .NET shop I'm not able to speak too much on how it compares to the alternatives. I would say in our dealings with MYSQL demonstrated that Microsoft SQL Server is less complicated to get up and running initially. The user interface of MYSQL seemed to be complex and require a lot of reading documentation before you could start running it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vertica

SAP HANA, Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL are too heavyweight for achieving real-time latency requirements. Google BigQuery is limited to Cloud that makes hard to integrate with a large ingestion pipeline that may have both Cloud-based and on-prem components. Hadoop is much more complex to setup. Snowflake is again Cloud-based and is a new player so its reputation is not well known.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

Vertica

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Return on Investment

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Since SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition, Microsoft has been offering these tools free of charge. The ROI is mainly focused around training investment. We do the training in-house, so the ROI is around one year.
  • The cost-benefit ratio offered by Microsoft's data warehouse solutions is, by a long shot, much more convenient for our customers, small and medium-sized companies, than solutions from other vendors.
  • Every system upgraded will benefit; from the improvements in Clustered ColumnStore, to increased throughput in Always On Availability Groups, to the enhancements of In Memory OLTP, not to mention the new security features.
  • We implemented with an in-house team only, with proper, prior training that was also done in-house.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vertica

  • The ROI on fast, interactive querying is very high.
  • Table size limitations force us to use other tools, slowing things down.
  • Relatively expensive pricing forces us to regularly upgrade our Vertica subscription and database. Each upgrade leads to a downtime of a few days.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
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Vertica

General

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

Vertica Editions & Modules

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