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Microsoft SQL Server

Overview

What is Microsoft SQL Server?

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database.

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Recent Reviews

Solid and Reliable.

10 out of 10
August 28, 2023
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We use MSSQL Server along with SSIS and SSRS as it's a very competent software suite and very stable. It integrates well with other …
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Microsoft SQL Server Review

9 out of 10
October 28, 2022
I am a computer engineer. I have been working as a software developer for about 7 years. I've been using Microsoft SQL Server since I was …
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SQL Server Review

8 out of 10
June 19, 2021
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We use MS SQL Server as our main database to store customer data. We have a monolith web application that is using a single MS SQL Server …
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MS SQL Server

8 out of 10
May 25, 2021
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For the uninitiated it is first important to point out that many programs use a Database at the back-end and the end-user will be totally …
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Pricing

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$1,418.00

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Per License

Enterprise

$13,748.00

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Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

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Product Demos

An Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server's Statistics

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Introduction to Transact SQL (T-SQL) using Microsoft SQL Server

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Product Details

What is Microsoft SQL Server?

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Microsoft SQL Server Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 9.9.

The most common users of Microsoft SQL Server are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The first database application taught when I was in school was Microsoft SQL Server. Microsoft SQL Server was used where I first started, so I had the opportunity to improve myself in MySQL. SQL is also used in my current workplace. It is widely used in very large projects due to its smooth operation.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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We have a few different DB's in the organization, including: Pervasive, Oracle, Db2, MySQL. Many of them are of limited use for one specific application. These don't really compare to MS SQL server. Oracle is heavy and cumbersome and overkill for smaller apps. Pervasive - at least the older version we're one - isn't a great performer and has it's own problems. None of them integrate as well with .net code when compared to MS SQL. DB2 on System i is quite good once you figure out which packages to use - it's very performant and is almost as easy to use as MS SQL. They all have ongoing costs, but MS SQL still comes out ahead with minimal maintenance and reliable performance.
Pritesh Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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Microsoft SQL Server is a comprehensive solution as transactional database, data warehouse, analytics, reporting, and ETL. It also integrates with the cloud well (Azure). The ease of use and setup makes this better than Oracle Database because the query syntax is also different for that one, and it's harder to support. MongoDB is great for small applications and mobile apps. If you have limited resources to support and maintain the environment this may not be ideal compared to a managed service or SAAS solution such as Snowflake.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
Microsoft SQL Server is one of the fastest RDBMS systems available in the market. Pricing is a bit on the higher side but all the features it provides pretty much justifies it. It can be integrated with a large number of frameworks thus enabling to work on multiple frameworks for your application without much worrying about the backend support or compatibility.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I think both tools are really powerful and close to each other but since I moved to Europe I realized that most of the companies have been using SQL Server which in my opinion means something. The support from Microsoft I also consider a bit better and you can also find more information about SQL Server by yourself.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Microsoft was the original creator of the SQL database, and thus, they still rule the market and drive innovation when it comes to data warehousing systems. It's comparable in price and allows you to retain the structured datasets that you lose when you change to a NoSQL database structure.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
[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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle are both extremely powerful and scalable enterprise relational database platforms. Microsoft SQL sets itself apart with its ease of use and licensing and support model. Microsoft is good company to work with and they provide clear and predictable licensing terms. Oracle is difficult to work with, they use vague licensing terms and you're always waiting for the next audit.
June 19, 2021

SQL Server Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
MS SQL Server is easier to use compared to other RDBMS which really speeds up development time and relatively easier to find a problem when it happens as well. It's also pretty quick to run a query, especially in a large table make it pretty convenient if we need to monitor the whole data in a table.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It just boils down to why learn anther product when you are going to run across it so seldom. Developers determine what database engine I am going to need so I just tend to pick products for implementation that use a well know product that has lots of support resources available.
May 25, 2021

MS SQL Server

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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The most known and widely used competitor of Microsoft SQL is most probably the open-source MySQL. If given the choice I would personally choose MySQL over Microsoft's SQL Server, mainly because it is totally free and open source, but also because it integrates better with Linux in my opinion. While feature wise I don't see any big difference.
Salvador Orochena | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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[Microsoft SQL Server] offers a full solution, Inhouse Applications and hosted application continue to use SQL as backend database. Allows easy creation of development environments and continuous feature release.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We stopped looking at alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server a long time ago simply because it meant only having one DBMS that we needed to learn and to support. If we were to implement other database solutions that don't run on SQL Server, we would have to spend more time moving data around to make it easily reportable.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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All of the platforms have their own benefit. I was not the decision maker in selecting Microsoft SQL Server, as it was already being utilized when I joined the company, 7 years ago. I can say that I feel more comfortable with utilizing this platform as opposed to the other ones.
John Ramírez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The free version is very powerfull and easy to install and use for small companies.
Going to Professional and Standard, gives you all the support and the flexibility needed. It is known within the Database Administrator crew, and you can get support very easily over the internet from daily users, dealing with real time production roles.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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We use both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server for our entire product line, using the best features of each of them to solve different business requirements and technical challenges. Microsoft SQL Server is simpler to install and use, but lacks some advanced features and has fewer configuration options than Oracle, so we use each of them based on each module requirements.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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On this one, I cannot fairly comment as I was not involved in the original decision making behind choosing SQL Server. I am aware that MySQL was a contender, and as mentioned I have some experience but not vast. I am pleased that we didn't go with MySQL at least as I think that SQL Server is overall more powerful and more robust a product, but it is expensive in comparison.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Native to Windows and being required for other MS apps puts it above others in terms of usage. If we were not heavily dependent on Microsoft applications or OS, we might have considered other database solutions. It's an expensive solutions but it is a solid reliable solution. Ultimately having a SQL server is a must in any Windows based environment.
John P. Maher | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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I was not too impressed with Oracle. Following the manual prohibited installation. They did provide a phone number and explained the manual was wrong and provided me with the correct information with which I was able to install the product. This was awhile back and I do not know how it works currently.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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Microsoft SQL Server is still the industry standard for the type of development we do, and the types of applications that we use. Almost every developer or analyst we hire has at least a reasonable grounding in the use of SQL servers, and it is almost universally compatible with most business tools and apps.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Oracle DB and SQL Server are very much alike. They provide the same quality of service and applications. The difference is only the price and support from them. Development codes and almost similar and can be used either way, which is very favorable for users. They can adopt to other Database with the knowledge of the other. Database Queries wise, they are almost identical. Very useful if your company has both services.
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