Who Uses This Software?

Any company of all sizes, looking for database management software


Average Ratings

1125 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $931.00/one-time/user
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Microsoft
  • www.microsoft.com
  • Founded 1975
  • United States

About SQL Server

A relational database management system developed by Microsoft as a database server, designed to store and retrieve different requests. Choose your preferred language and platform and build modern applications creatively. Take advantage of breakthrough performance and availability while turning raw data into meaningful reports that can be delivered to any device or platform.


SQL Server Features

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Data Migration
  • Data Replication
  • Database Conversion
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Programming Languages Supported
  • NOSQL
  • Performance Analysis
  • Relational
  • Virtualization
  • Backup
  • Data Migration
  • Database Conversion
  • Monitoring
  • OLAP
  • Performance Analysis
  • Queries
  • Storage Optimization

SQL Server Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Best DBMS tool for scalable enterprises

May 16, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Microsoft SQL server is one of the best database management system that provide top rated performance optimisation with SQL queries, below is the list of top highlights:

1. Richness of user interface that provides ease of use with cool features like dock able windows.

2. Intelligence window is prominent feature that saves a lot of development time up to large extent.

3. Code debugging and performance tuning with query flow maps is the best features that assures about code optimisation.

4. Microsoft SQL Server Agent is provided with this software and that runs the automatic jobs in very secure way and later we can track the statements executed.

5. We can filter out the records in SQL Server Agent interface based on our interest.

6. Code snippet manager makes it easy to write high standard code that is perfact for code convention.

7. Most prominent feature is that it can handle large quantities of data, runs automatic jobs with concurrent transactions.

8. At last it's a Microsoft product that provides a belief to users.

Cons: I have been using SQL server from version 2012 to 2014 and never troubled with SQL server's performance in any way.

However I feel that error details must long descriptive when statement have some syntax error. Sometime its pathetic when we wants to know the exact error line but is hints the whole block of code instead of exact line number.

Otherwise Its a great product and happy with it.

Overall: My overall experience is 100% satisfactory because of its robust feature.

I recommend this to all either its a large or small scale compan y because SQL server can handle large quantities of data and process it smoothly. Just loving it.

Perfect for all types of workloads!

Apr 03, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: The review is based on my experience of using SQL Server as a database with SAP.

What I like about MSSQL :

- ACID compliant like any enterprise based RDBMS (Oracle, IBM DB2, SAP HANA)

- Runs well and scales well with commodity x86 hardware

- Various editions to suit customer needs and requirements. For example Express Edition for small workloads and is free, or all the way to Enterprise Edition for state-of-the-art functionality (High-Availability, Disaster Recovery etc. to prevent Single-Points-of-Failure). Its current functionality definitely rivals the existing enterprise RDBMS's

- Straightforward learning curve as it is Windows based. Unlike other RDBMS's (e.g. Oracle or DB2), administering a MSSQL DB is very easy GUI (SQL Server Management Studio) is very easy to use especially if coming from Oracle/DB2, or if you're learning from scratch

- Supports Linux (finally!) - MSSQL is no longer limited to the Windows platform, and Microsoft has released version on Linux to compete with the likes of Oracle, DB2, etc.

Cons: Over my years of using MSSQL have encountered numerous bugs (performance issues, corrupted data, etc.) but these are normal with other RDBMS's (Oracle, DB2, SAP HANA, etc.) given the enterprise nature of the workloads. Can't really think of any other disadvantages.

Overall: Have used SQL Server as a a Relational Database (RDBMS) for the past 15 years, primarily to support SAP based enterprise workloads. Microsoft's development of SQL Server has been fuelled by its largest customer - SAP, in order to provide better functionality to rival its competition (Oracle, DB2, Informix (who remembers this one?). I started with MSSQL 2000 and boy has it come a long way. MSSQL versions are denoted via the year and is still a practice till today, similar to how Microsoft denotes its Windows versions. To date, the latest version of MSSQL 2017 is also supported on SAP, and I am sure once MSSQL 2019 is released later this year it would also be certified by SAP.

SQL Server is the backbone of my life!

Feb 03, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I absolutely LOVE SQL Server. It is my favorite software to use because the possibilities for query-writing are endless. I would say this is the most reliable and flexible of all the database software I have ever used. SQL Server allows you to write in T-SQL (T = transact, SQL = structured query language), which means that you can create variables, use temp tables, and write code in a procedural format that runs akin to a module in other programming languages. We use SQL Server 2008 at work, though I am really loving the new features in the latest version (as of today) SQL Server 2016.

Overall, SQL Server is a platform for creating table schema, storing information, and then writing scripts (queries) to manipulate that data--to find insights that are useful to making better business decisions. The interface is easy to understand, the error-checking is strong (and actually tells you what is wrong). It doesn't hold your hand like other simplified coding languages, but it becomes very reliable and easy to use once you obtain a solid foundation in relational database theory and SQL language.

Cons: Hmm...if I had to speak ill of SQL Server...I would probably say that it is a bit tricky to get up to speed quickly with. There's a lot to it, so to speak, so it's taken me the better part of five years working in the data analytics industry to finally say that I feel I am completely proficient in utilizing the software to its full potential. Topics such as query optimization remain my areas of biggest weakness. I can write a query to pull any kind of desired information; however, the art lies in being able to pull it quickly and with reasonable efficiency. If your query takes more than 15 minutes (or even hours!) to run, it's probably not written correctly and likely poses a major threat to the server you are connecting to (and tying up!) in the process. I would like more information in the software (GUIs, warnings, etc.) regarding poorly-written queries from an execution standpoint.

Overall: Overall, my experience with SQL Server is amazing! I am able to store all of our Las Vegas luxury casino data (gaming, hotel, food & beverage, entertainment, etc.) and query that for information that we then turn into automated or ad-hoc reports. These then go to the operators of the business as well as the executives who analyze the reports and make better decisions daily, weekly, and monthly. The goal is simple: just become better over time...better than you were last year, last month, last week. And SQL Server is the vehicle to empower your organization to find those valuable insights hiding in plain sight to do just that!

SQL Server 2016 - Features Review

Dec 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: In our project we have been migrated from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to SQL server 2016 directly for all our databases & SSIS packages. There are many features that was available to use for the projects and some of those are:

1. Data was always encrypted, so less vulnerable to SQL injections and useful to take a backup when database is in motion. Prior version (Before SQL server 2016) support only when databases is in Rest.

2. Data/Software Migration is very useful from prior version without any issues or taking any time. It took only set of testing activities and 2 hours of trun around time to get it upgraded.

3. Very simillar like XML TSQL clause created in SQL 2005, in SQL 2016 JSON clause T-SQL has been created for JSON output from querying database objects.

4. In prior versions we have to wait for long running query to capture, however in SQL server 2016 ability to view the execution plan as the query is active on the system.

5. Strecth Database is a new concept that has been created and stored in Azure. However in the background it is shown as single databases for user views.

Cons: Only I know very least number of disadvantages this MS SQL server 2016 is having:

1. Enterprise pricing may be costly as some of the organisation cant afford for the count of data they are having.

2 With the performance tuning, Microsoft SQL Server will be having some gobble resources.

Overall: Overall experience with SQL server 2016 is very nice and excited in my perceptions due to Better support for memory optimzed tables, Built in JSON support, Stretch DB concepts, Query Store and dynamic temp db according to size and presence of CPU in the databases.

Easy to configure, difficult to master

Oct 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: The most noteworthy features of Microsoft SQL Server are the many tools and wizards that allow even novice users to get started by creating tables and views without extensive knowledge of relational databases. The query wizard can even assist with creating queries with its intuitive IDE. These features lower the intimidating barrier to entry that accompanies other relational database software such as Oracle or MySQL. There is even a free version call Express that allows anyone to dabble in the software before committing to the product.

Aside from the user assisted features, the other appealing aspect of SQL Server is the integration with other Microsoft products that are probably already running in an organization. SQL Server interfaces with Active Directory allowing for easy user management so appropriate levels of database access can be allotted via group membership. This is useful because even something simple like user access management in another RDBMS may present a learning curve for anyone that is not a DBA. With SQL Server a general IT resource could manage user access with an existing knowledge of Active Directory providing more time to focus on core database design.

Cons: SQL Server carries a high cost subscription based licensing cost. The user assistance features provide a great introduction to relational databases, but there is still a significant and continuous learning curve. Databases continue to evolve with industry need. Anyone that interacts significantly with SQL Server during day to day database or application design may need to consider yearly training to keep up with all the changes.

Overall: Easily the most intuitive RDBMS software out of the box.

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My experience with sql Server has been satisfactory, I have done punctual work.

Jul 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: This software has as its first advantage that it is a Microsoft product and has the full support of the company and the stability of a well-tested product. At the basic level, I find it very efficient, the sql responses are fast and there are almost no service interruptions, which is a point in its favor when I use it, I find the Transact-SQL language that is used very powerful, I was able to assign commercial processes of the application in the database that allows multiple applications to use them and it is not necessary to program these functions in each application, the SQL server administration tools are very well thought to be all in a Microsoft environment, the integration is perfect, they are very intuitive to find new functions, they do not require prior knowledge, what is important to train new staff, another thing that I like about this software is the scalability that can start with a small database and grow, in A past project had transactional tables that inserted millions of records daily. I like security, it is possible to assign specific permissions to different users who perform different activities within the same database, this makes me trust the product.

Cons: The least I like is undoubtedly the cost SQL-Server does not have a good cost-benefit ratio, other brands offer better benefits in this regard, another point is the high consumption of RAM, it is necessary to allocate a large amount of resources for this And to guarantee the quality of the service, until now I have not found a hosting provider that offers me a PHP server with Sql-server. This stopped once a new development for a client was disappointing to me. It is difficult to learn in a particular way, the free versions of this software are very limited and the certifications are expensive, which reduces the interest when it is investigated.

Overall: I have worked several times with this software for different reasons I have been able to simplify developments thanks to the Transact-SQL so it has saved me programming time, the services that I have under my responsibility at work are stable, this gives confidence and tranquility for me and for my bosses, I made restorations in record time.

Ridiculously powerful and full of features we do not make use of. We love it, and cannot do without.

Jul 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: SQL Server is just so incredibly powerful, most users probably do not know how much it can do, or how much it can handle. In our type of organization, we deal with people and animals. We rely on donors and members for funding, we track everything about our animals from health issues, to medications, to physical exercise. Every one of our systems relies on, as the backbone, SQL Server. This software is powerful, versatile, and reliable. With pretty much every department of ours needing some type of database, standardizing to SQL Server was just the best move. It can handle it all. It can track it all. And it can report on it all for us. To date, we use it for: our Accounting software, our donor tracking, our membership tracking, our animal tracking (includes tracking from what zoo or aquarium animals came, their medical history, their exercise history, their diet, their location in our facility, their trainers, their behavioral issues/environmental factors), our vet's digital imaging systems, our guest services scheduling, our security systems (surveillance, door locks), our water quality and hvac sysytems logging and controls, our point of sale system (for admissions and food court and ecommerce), and our facility management software (maintenance and IT requests). This system does indeed handle everything we need it to.

Cons: You need a lot of training to make the most of it. Or it could cost you a lot if you have to pay a developer to help you get the most out of your systems. Luckily a couple of us are really into databases, and we both have a lot of experience with SQL, we can do most things in-house. But still the amount of training we go through to keep current, or to keep learning is probably the biggest "problem" with this software. Most software packages, you can buy, setup, receive a few hours or a few days of training, and you'll be good to go. With SQL, if you intend to use it, to get the most of out it, you will need more extensive training, or to hire people to put in the work. It's not cheap. But it can help you accomplish so much if you put in the time.

Overall: This software practically runs our facility. Without it, we couldn't keep track of our animals or our people (staff, members, donors). To us, this software is well worth the costs involved.

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If you are working from scratch,it is relatively easy to set up a new database server and connectivi

Mar 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: If you are working from scratch, it is relatively easy to set up a new database server and connectivity between clients. Everything is quite simple, given that you have knowledge of the database. The DBMS allows you to easily create several things completely in design (tables, views, etc.), which is a great advantage when you do not know all the syntax.

The integration of other monitoring software such as fog light is very easy without the consumption of time. Great ability to handle all complex query requirements. Suite of advanced functions of sql. Provide all the excellent functionalities, such as Reporting Services, Integration Services, Job Scheduler, Resource Manager, Query Analyzer and Profiler, etc. Each of these modules is perfectly constructed and manages the tasks effectively. Configurable in each level. The user permission is on all objects and other higher levels. Changes can be made for specific privileges at the user level. Window service based on Control to the server to start and stop the service.

I think one of the best things about Microsoft SQL (currently using 2012) is the Developer Network and the useful resources that are available. Thanks to the network of developers, I have been able to learn much more about queries and create more useful and advanced queries over time. Things like Transact-SQL (T-SQL) are useful many times due to the large number of new queries that can be generated after learning T-SQL.Compatibility with most SQL Server administ

Cons: Sometimes, performance when executing some long queries is not what you would expect. Although the power of the CPU is important for this part, but in the company we have state-of-the-art servers in the NAP of the Americas, so it seems a software problem instead of a hardware problem.

Some of the configurations of previous versions (2008 - 2012) are quite clumsy and not very well done - I have had several instances of my corrupt installer and have to re-download. The administrator of the database, sometimes, takes time to load.

Scalability is excellent, but not the best, like other new databases in the market. The memory consumption of the CPU is always more than normal in the production specifically by the sql server. Scope of the improvement in the profile generator for the most used options.

Sometimes, if it is not handled properly with a predefined scheme, the relations and the maintenance of the data become a problem. This happens mainly only when it comes to new users or with people who do not work as part of a larger workforce that manages the system.

Certain add-ons also provide useful features, but if SQL added them, it would save users the problem of finding and installing them. The database is the target of many attacks from your SA account, this should be disabled by default and just after installation, about 30 seconds, the attacks begin, with many requests per second, need to improve the firewall to prevent these attacks, or place the SQL Server inside a VPN

Very reliable, relatively easy-to-use, and reasonably-priced compared to Oracle

Oct 05, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: As a Systems Administrator, MS SQL Server is one of the easiest DBMS you can use from a management perspective. SQL Server Management Studio is a very robust client, and it allows you to configure everything from either the GUI or SQL scripts. No digging into config files, calling apps from command line, etc. User management in SQL server is easy and straight-forward while being EXTREMELY granular. Plus, it easily connects to Active Directory if you so desire.

The software is very reliable. MySQL can have issues during backups, but not SQL Server. Once you get it set up and configured properly (again, not hard to do), you can leave it running for months without encountering problems.

While SQL Server is by no means cheap, compared to the other enterprise-level DBMS like Oracle, it's quite reasonable. MySQL is free, but it's quite limited when you do a feature-by-feature comparison with SQL Server.

If you're on the fence, install an Express instance (up to 10GB databases with some limitations). You won't be disappointed.

Cons: Like a lot of other Microsoft software, the installer is pretty bloated with prerequisites, components, etc. But that's a fairly small nitpick.

I will also say that RAM management in SQL Server isn't perfect. SQL will, as long as it is regularly used, consume all of the RAM you have allocated it. By default, that setting is 2 petabytes of RAM, so it will slow your system to an absolute crawl, consuming everything it can to the detriment of the OS itself. This means you need to manually allocated a reasonable amount of RAM to SQL knowing full-well that it will likely consume this RAM at all times. That's fine for dedicated database servers, but it's not ideal for people running SQL on laptops.

Aside from that, I have very few complaints about SQL Server.

Overall: Our entire product line (IIS-based web applications) relies on SQL Server. Without it, our business wouldn't function at all.

Good for medium and big companies

Aug 21, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: Is powerfull

Easy

Complete

Customer Support

Features

interoperatibity

Cons: Have some errors

You need to reset de SQL 1 time at week

Consumes a lot of ram

it needs a Windows Server

Overall: I am using SQL Server for 4 years in a Low, Medium and Big environment, but in low environment i have a bad experience using SQL SERVER, Mysql is better in a small busines for cost, and simplicity, but in Big environment SQL SERVER can compete with ORACLE DB.

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Solid relational database ecosystem with useful accessories

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I have been using Microsoft SQL Server for about 20 years and have watched the product evolve into a very mature and vibrant offering. SQL Server gives me the flexibility and performance needed for many different relational database solutions ranging from application OLTP databases to enterprise level business intelligence implementations. With my main focus being business intelligence, I have been very impressed with the SQL Server 2016 releases and improvements. It seems the Microsoft is very dedicated to this BI ecosystem and they seem committed to continuity in the products. Some of my favorite things to note are the new SSRS portal interface in 2016, the ColumnStore indexing in Enterprise versions, SSAS tabular models, and the ease of use with Power BI. Overall, I feel extremely confident in this product in terms of its use to solve almost any problem related to data. I find most things very easy to use and due to the wide use of this product, figuring out the more complex issues is not difficult thanks to Google.

Cons: I sometimes don't appreciate the complexities related to transnational logging and the time it takes to roll back large transactions. Purely a performance and optimization issue, but the ambiguities in terms of when a task like this will complete can be frustrating.

Overall: The ability to solve data problems and syndicate actionable information to the right audiences in a timely manner.

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Two words - "Best RDBMS"!

Sep 05, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Microsoft SQL Server is the best RDBMS package I have ever worked on! (Other DBs I have used are - Oracle, Teradata, MySQL, and Redshift)

Just like other Microsoft products; SQL Server is by far the most User-friendly Database Server - best IDE

Lots of wizard features from import, export, backup, query builder etc that anyone can easily learn and do just with few clicks!

Intellisense (like visual studio) to complete code while typing and showing common mistakes before you even execute

Built-in execution plan viewer which is nice enough to start with.

Free Plugins and third-party tools available to make your life even easier like: Poorman SQL Formatter, SentryOne Plan Explorer etc

Integrates very well with other MS products. Full MS BI stack includes SSIS ETL, SSRS BI Tool, SSAS etc.

Cons: No considerable cons. Maybe Microsoft should consider offering built-in features/tools for which developers use third-party tools and plugins. Like builtin execution plan viewer is not as great as SentryOne Plan Explorer.

With so many built-in features one little must have to include is One click code indentation. Until Microsoft can add this feature, we can live with Poorman SQL formatter.

Overall: Highly recommended - The Best RDBMS Package I have worked so far.

Best IDE - let the wizard do basic things with you few clicks so you can focus on actual DB tasks and writing query.

Developers in your team are going to love this Database!

My Database Engine

Jun 18, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I am not DBA but i am using it from more than 3 years from university days and still using SQL in my professional life.

I like everything about from query writing, to testing using SQL profiler.

Most about it is that you can do most thing by using queries and GUI as well.

Its easy to connect and configure with any kind of application with single line of code.

Most thing about it is its prediction while typing and highlighting errors with underline squiggly.

Cons: As a developer i cant find anything that i dont like in it. Its always more than my expectations.

Overall: It has been awsome as i am now a good Database developer because of this awsome tool.

SQL Server Great for SQL Database Creation

Aug 19, 2019
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I love the ability to create SQL databases separate from Visual Studio. Although you can create databases in VS, I like how SQL Server Management Studio is designed specifically for database creation. Plus, it has advanced features for database admins which Visual Studio does not. After creating a database, the admin can migrate the SQL Server database in Visual Studio.

Cons: It is difficult to learn if someone at a beginning level is using it. They will need to utilize the many tutorials provided within EDX.org, youtube or Udemy (to name a few) to learn it. It makes sense if you know how to create SQL databases and the SQL language prior to using it. If not, I suggest to learn SQL first prior to jumping into SQL Server to do database management.

Overall: Overall, my experience with SQL Server has been pleasant. If I had employees, I would strongly recommend them to use is as their main source to create SQL databases. It makes sense to use a platform that is specialized and can be a one stop shop. That is what SQL Server is.

I have been working with this software from last 8 years. I like this software and used its features

May 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This software offers a lot of features that are very handy to work with. And frankly it took very less time to understand this software and get used to it. I have used this software for creating stored procedures, functions, views, database schema.

Easy to connect with external database as well. I have heavily used the SQL profiler which again is a very useful feature. SQL profiler let you see the request that SQL receive from a source and it help you debug your code. Generating backup, restoring backup, importing and exporting data tiers all features are so easy to understand. Even I never googled to know how to do it, I just saw the option and start following the instructions and it's done. Its easy to use and all its features are very useful. Even when you didn't saved your file and accidentally your laptop got off,it help recover your files. Easy interface to create database tables even if you do not remember the script syntax.

Cons: There is nothing that I don't like kind of this with this useful software.

Its just if the edit rows option could have been made easy by auto showing the SQL pane to write query while editing the rows. I found it one step extra. It should be like when we select rows. Also running the query on edit rows if could be done via f5 only, then it would be easier for the user.

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A great database system for any purpose

Jul 25, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: SQL server is packed with features. It was a very fun job to implement it and using it is even better. Runs well, built-in tools are useful and plenty.

Cons: It takes up quite a bit of resources. Sometimes, tech support isn't very helpful. Otherwise, it's good.

Overall: We use SQL Server for a data warehouse project in a large bank. It stores thousands of tables and terabytes of data, so it's mandatory for DBMS to run smoothly. SQL server does its job extremely well.

Easy to use. Lots of possibilities

Jul 11, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: It is easy to use. it uses standard structure T SQl language. Reporting options are not limited at all. It is very good and quick with queries. With 2017 there is a lot of changes and improvements on the fly queries as well as self monitoring of Data sources and server health. It works well with all microsoft products and easily can send things to SSIS or Microsoft office excel automatically.

Cons: It is hard to use with products not owned by microsoft. It is not easy to pull data directly from oracle. There are a lot of known driver issues that are being worked on. In the cloud as it is now it runs a little slower.

Overall: We use this for reporting and keeping a health of the business

A nice Relation DB

Jul 18, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
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2 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use , many tools to help you with , most of our partnets use it. Lots of information on internet. Frequenly updated and patched up for microsoft. Help you with data analysis works on windows and ISS

Cons: Heavy size . Most of the features are not used for new users. Costly yearly billing.

Overall: I used to be working with freeand unexpensibe software like postgreSQl and mysql , moving to paid bar allowme to programm all my task on jobs or triggers making everything more easy and leaving me with more time to develop. Also my team controll allow me to check whats going on an d how did every move.

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Efficient & Affordable RDBMS Product

Sep 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Nice GUI & Easy to configure using wizards. Scalable product from midsize to complex solutions. Has come a long way from where it was started back from late 90's to till date. On par with other RDBMS products like Oracle in the market. Microsoft has built nice cluster support especially for redundancy and high availability.. New features such as Dynamic resource allocation, Graphical Query Analyzer, OLAP services are huge win. Additional products to support warehousing & Reporting, Transformation services, Analytics is a huge plus. Lot of performance improvement with 2017 version.Bang for the buck.

Cons: Still there's a concern from consumers perspective that SQL Server is for mid-complex systems. For ERP based systems, IoT use cases users go for No SQL products. Another challenge is for global distributed database solutions there's challenge especially Mirroring of data, synchronization, concurrency it's a huge challenge.

Overall: Great experience using this product back from SQL 2000 days to SQL Server 2017. Have used for both small size applications to big data projects that has data over 100 gb. Partitioning, Indexing, Sprocs, Views are used and taken advantage off. Automatic plan correction, Adaptive Query Processing are improvements in 2017 need to take advantage off. My vote is for this product

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The best is yet to come.

Aug 06, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SQL Server in traditional sense always belonged to a group of mid range companies. Hosting terrabytes of data was never a part of its ideals. But the recent upgrades for its availability on the cloud makes one wonder where it is headed. I think the future for SQL Server is good.

Cons: NO SQL functionality does not exist. Although columnar, flat file data sources can exist, the SSAS functionality needs to include a database conversion to a NO SQL database view. This greatly enhances the visibility of a transactional database.

Overall: great and fulfilling. the Future is definitely bright.

MS SQL -- Database Engine

Apr 14, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: it is a great RDMS engine that has a great User friendly interface .We can easily manage the database with the help of interface that provides a lot number of options and thus makes job of DBA more effective and Reliable .we can easily restore the database and operates Database functions like update , delete , insert etc and if needed we can also trace the query that is running at a time with the help of inbuilt tool called profiler. Remote access of the Database engine is very easy to configure , we just need to put the Database engine name , user name and password and we are connected and perform operations. To automate certain query , another built in tool called Job agent can be used by which we can create the job in which we just need to put the SQL query and its timing means when will it be executed .We can also integrate permission in the SQL as per the Organization and thus making it more secure .Database backup , schema extraction of the objects , most heavy query , most occupied table can be done with very ease.

Cons: WebAgent takes a lot of CPU utilization and thus making System slow

Large queries having millions of lines of code is not handled properly

Does not automate shrink table size when data is deleted from the table ,need to done manually

Overall: We are using it as a main backend Database engine and it is doing well

MS SQL Server is the best tool for DBMS - All in one

Feb 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The MS SQL Server helps our organization to create/organize/maintain customers data. For most of the Web applications, we are using the MS SQL server for database management. It is not only helping to manage customer database, but it also helps in generating SRS reports for our valuable client. It gives ability to create tables, stored procedure, functions, triggers, backup and restore the data. It is having job scheduling capability as well. It is having the ability to create indexes on database tables which allows us to retrieve the database in a faster manner.

Cons: I don't have anything to mention here. I find everything is good in this software. Using the MS SQL Management Studio you can use this software for your database management.

Overall: I am using the MS SQL server since 2011 which is almost 9 years and I never faced any challenges in database management. I would say it is a great application, easy to learn, use and play with it. Also, Microsoft is having great support for this application in terms of documentation, trouble shooting and live support. Whenever I faced any challenges in terms of server connectivity, database connection, authentication I always get a solution from Microsoft forums to resolve this issue. Simply I am a happy user and I would recomend MS SQL to others as well.

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Stable, fast and reliable

Jan 09, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: As a lot of my development work depends on SQL Server, it is something that I use almost every day. It is extremely stable and reliable and certainly the only database platform that I will ever consider working with. There is still so much I have yet to learn about SQL and so much to explore, but for my current skills and work requirements, it is excellent and always works well. From simple queries to complicated procedures, I always find it a pleasure to work with.

I have worked with other database architectures before, but found that SQL is much quicker, as well as easier to work with.

Cons: My problem is with SQL Management tools and some of their limitations, but not SQL Server itself. One such example would be backing up and restoring of large databases (40GB upwards). While backups are mostly a breeze, restoring becomes extremely challenging and time-consuming as the database grows beyond the 40GB mark. I am not sure if this is because of the limitations on the available management tools, or if it is an actual problem with SQL server, as the large databases I have worked with had no issues with CRUD operations or backups.

Overall: Overall, my experience with SQL Server has been awesome

SQL Server - Keeps Getting Better

Nov 15, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SQL Server is an industry standard software. It is highly configurable, capable of multiple setups, and deeply ingrained with the Microsoft Windows platform. Administration is quick, effective, and easier than ever.

Cons: SQL Server 2017 has a weak implementation of Graph databases which will be a much more prevalent database type once big data and IoT really kicks in. In my opinion, Microsoft should be forcing the graph database capabilities forward and trying to match products like NEO4j in performance.

Overall: I have spent more than a decade working with SQL Server and various technologies from a Sys-Admin/Sys-Analyst role in modern day IT organizations. I've had the opportunities to install, maintain, worked on and within, and develop throughout several versions of SQL Server.

I've worked in SaaS and Web App for providers that combined have covered the entire Fortune 50 and more than half of the Fortune 500. I've worked in JavaScript prior to and throughout it's massive growth creating projects in NodeJS using mssql and node-mssql to transform SQL data into useful JSON object sets on the fly since before SQL could even output JSON. I've authored several helpful tools over the years combining SQL Server with bleeding edge platforms to provide tools to previous organizations that were better at the time than even some leading tools performing those functionalities today.

SQL Server in my daily life

Aug 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This is one of the product which I use in my daily life.

1. With this , I check all the data in the tables which show in the front end (display).

2. I use one of the feature i.e. Sql Profiler to get the query, procedure, tables etc which executing while load the display.

3. Get the execution time , CPU time , Reads, Wrtites, etc of the query from profiler with this product.

4. We can make shortcut keys of the query which you use the most like select query, show the columns of particular columns etc.

Cons: Sometimes, I faced the issue while using the WINDOW+R shortcut which toggles the result set. Many times it stucks and then I toggle the result set by dragging it.

For installing it , need compatible software, window version. It took more time to set up . If one of the requirements is not fulfilled then you have to make it compatible and try again the process.

Overall: 70% of my daily office work is depend upon this product. Whenever i need to debug the issue, find the query, procedure executed behind the display then i have to execute on Sql Server. I use to select the data, update, alter , change in any column as per requested by customer. I always check my CPU, Execution time, reads and writes to improve the performance of my product display.

SQL Server - Costly but Worth It for Business

Aug 14, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Set up and deployment is simple compared to some of the 'free' and 'open source' software packages available.

Cons: Costly. Very, very costly. The price keeps increasing for on premise versions of SQL Server.

Overall: Our in-house ERP system was built originally on Access. We moved over to SQL Sever and gained many business rich features that help empower us to meet our customer requirements.

MS SQL Server Perfect Database Management Solution

Apr 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I would definitely recommend that you read the Windows administration book before you start exploring SQL server.

Pros: SQL server is a great database management product. This is a very fast and stable and at the same time cross-platform solution running on both Linux and Windows operating systems, the security of which is implemented at the highest level. It is also gratifying that SQL server works equally well on both physical and virtual servers, both on the ground and in the cloud. Since this product is produced by Microsoft, it integrates well with other products of this company, such as Power BI. This app can provide you with high availability and a wide selection of options available of your choice, though everything will depend on the edition. And most importantly, many features can be tested completely free using Developer Edition.

Cons: Although SQL server is easy to manage through the graphical user interface, but to understand how it works, to fix some problems you need to read a thick book, and even more than one and read ton of documentation. Does not have good monitoring tools out of the box. For some companies will not be a cheap solution.

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SQL Server - Robust application for database storage, analysis and reporting

Dec 09, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Sql server is a powerfull data storage tool and widely used in our organisation. Its enrich with numerous inbuilt features. In sql server backup and restoration task is much easy. Its preety much secure and reliable tool. In sql server there are several security roles to authorize the user, so we use to supply the privilege according to need. Its reporting services are greatly helpfull for us to analyse the data. I can easily monitor the performance / health of the database. Dtabase tuning advisor extremely good in case of performance improvement task as this reveals proper detail of missing items like Index, primary key, stats etc. Easy to review the execution plan of a stored procedure. Data movement from one server to another server is much easy. I can trace the sql statements nicely with the use of trace component.

Cons: Microsoft Sql server setup takes a bit more time but once done then all good.

Overall: We are using Sql server in our organisation to create new databases and maintaining the existing one. Data access is so simple and secure. If there is any sensitive data then we use to encrypt the table columns data. Overall its a great application.

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Powerfull Database

Aug 10, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Enterprise level database

Fast

There is a free(express) version for small application

Go to database for Microsoft ecosystem

Cons: Slow installer

Eats all of your server's memory

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SQL Server - A RDBMS by Microsoft

Nov 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: SQL Server is the one of the best database management software I have ever worked on. Relational database management system based on relational model. Performance of the SQL Server is also high. It is easy to setup and GUI also provide the user friendly interface to work on it. Integration on SQL Server with non relational data source is also improved compare to the SQL Server 2015. The Best feature in it advance analytics which help you to keep the track of the development. Support and integrity also improve in the SQL Server 2017 with cross-platform as it can now work with Linux as well as Docker container.

Cons: SQL Server is having the large community so the vulnerability and fixing are coming very frequent. Real time intelligence sometime not work as expecting. The SQL profiler should come with more default option and Microsoft should provide the interface where we can develop and design the profiler template.

Overall: Microsoft SQL Server is helping use to find the best programming capacity to match up with the secure and best performance. User interface is also user friendly as it does not need any basic training to under the infrastructure.

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SQL over the time

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: For long time has been the working horse for database oriented applications and corporate data on Microsoft side. Is a highly robust database engine and supports a lot of punishment on production enviroments. Also provides a long standing continuity for older database repositories over from previous versions of the product. The management tools in their several incarnations provided almost all the needed capabilities for developers and database administrators. Also the cross data capabilities and the support for OLAP has been among the stronger points, currently enhanced capabilities for memory oriented data, cloud computing and the newest support for Linux enhance the experience

Cons: I found that a major drawback i found over the time is than usually SQL Server releases are a little behind their competitors in terms of state of the art capabilities and features.

Overall: I have used SQL Server as the weapon of choice for business development and despite some minor product bugs over time, always has been a highly manageable and capable especially for long-standing data, very friendly even with developers who are not familiar with Microsoft technologies

A great database and a data management solution

Nov 21, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: You can do practically anything with this database because it, has complete solutions integrated into it like SSIS, SSRS, Monitoring, Task Schedule (SQL Agent), alerts, other database connectors, etc.

And currently Microsoft is working to finish his database 2016 version to running on Linux.

Cons: Perhaps the only (at the moment) problem, are the locks management in the database when the update/delete operations are very big. I miss the possibility to auto-partition (internal scripts) of these operations, managed by the database engine.

Overall: I have been working with MS SQL Server from the SQL 2000 version. Currently I work with SQL 2016 (and I am testing SQL 2016 in Linux). In all of these years, I have been using a different solution of the database (clustering, data mirroring, CDC, log shipping, AlwaysOn, etc..), always with a great satisfaction.

A great number of people think that MS SQL Server is a database for small data volumes but, these people are wrong. This database, can manage a big data volume and his management could be very easy if you follow the MS recommendations.

On the other hand, you have a great knowledge base in Microsoft and in a great number of tech portals and blogs. You can find in the Internet, (almost) any T-SQL code to implement with only search it.

Stable, high performance and extremely capable enterprise database software

Jan 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Microsoft Ecosystem

SQL management studio

Query Analyser

DB Tuning / Optimization wizard

Estimated Query Results

Ease to integrate with any front end technology

High Performance

High Scalability

Scheduled jobs

Ease of Integration via Visual Studio

Cons: Enterprise License costs

Slight learning curve for advanced features like SSIS, data warehousing.

Performance Tuning of large database would take years of core specialized training and experience

No supporting software like RedGate to performance schema / data comparisons

Overall: This is a very vast and complex software and one has to spend years using this software to summarize its very many benefits.

Having worked in mostly Microsoft development shops for the past 14 years, I have used SQL server in almost every enterprise project that I have worked on.

Ease of use, simplicity to alter schemas, easy TSQL syntax, ability to easily create and manage indexes/stats, reporting services, ease of access control, security via encryption, performance tuning capabilities, always on features, backup and restore capabilities with advanced backup and restore options, cloud capabilities, ease of integration with various front end software are just some of the various benefits of this mammoth software.

It really is a complete DBMS, and easy to use, with very good support and documentation. I recommend

May 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: That is a relational DBMS that allows programming in hybrid environments, either locally or in the Microsoft cloud. It allows you to transfer databases in a very simple and intuitive way between your local environment and the cloud. It is one of the most secure databases in the world, because it allows transparent data encryption, audits, extensible key management and encrypted backups to protect data in critical workloads, and its storage system allows a query performance much higher than usual. All the processes of analysis, consultation, cleaning, data formatting and access are carried out at a speed that surprises you. It allows to carry out backups and recoveries: they can be configured in advance, which makes their execution carried out in a simple way. It provides extreme compression of tables and indexes and High availability: the downtime caused by updates and revisions disappears or is minimized, in order to guarantee an almost permanent availability. These availability and maintenance status of the databases can be checked easily with a very visual panel. It provides a Task Scheduler which allows you to plan tasks in advance, and they will be executed automatically. It has good documentation. And management of data types and users, which strengthens

Cons: Really as such, there is something that I do not like, in which case what I like the least is the price

The premier database engine

Jun 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SQL Server's features, interface, and vast amount of documentation make it an amazing choice for a database engine. Management Studio makes dealing with day to day database needs simple and intuitive.

Cons: The cost. SQL server for large systems can be expensive. With that expense you do get the piece of mind of having Microsoft support behind it's product which when needed has been top notch.

Overall: I have been using SQL Server for over 20 years as a full stack developer. I have used other DB engines as well but nothing has come close in feature set and ease of use. Microsoft support, when needed, has been exceptional as well.

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SQL Server - RBMS by Microsoft.

Mar 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Microsoft SQL Server is a structured query language based relational database. SQL server is easy to implement as administrator makes it simple. The high performance sql engine help in data compression and can be scaled upto petabyte of data with maintaining the enterprise grade. MS SQL improves the security with its each patch and make it least vulnerable. High availability and feature like load balancing make it user's first choice to implement it as its production friendly where A high end server is needed. The backup can be scheduled under maintenance plan.

Cons: Microsoft SQL server price for enterprise edition cost thousands of dollars. Depending on the requirements it also needs high end and dedicated server which indirectly increase the cost with the platform licensing cost.

Overall: We are working with this technology from past seven years. The buffer pool extension and encryption for database backup make its production ready RBMS. The high featured management tool for SQL Server help in administration and make it user friendly. The SQL express edition is also good as it comes with all basic feature to host the RBMS.

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RDBMS by Microsoft

Apr 24, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: SQL Server is a relational database developed by Microsoft. SQL Server manages the data warehousing and manage the workload efficiently. The real time analytics help in improving the store-procedure performance. Clustering help to distribute the workload in the peak hours. Mirroring database helps in redundancy and can be recovered in case of database corrupt .Dynamic data masking and data encryption help to secure the data. Fail-over is easy to configure in SQL Server 2019 edition.

Cons: MS SQL Server backup encryption is one of the best feature Microsoft added in it but it needs some more options like recover key options. Microsoft SQL Server Developer edition should also support the hybrid cloud environment so DBA's can also implement the 2 Tier architecture.

Overall: Microsoft SQL Server is a great software to manage your relational database. Data Maintenance plan can be configured easily to setup the different kind of backup like differential backup,transaction log backup, tail-log backup. Microsoft is working on simplifying the management part with high availability of server using features like fail-over and load balancing.

SQL Server database administrator

Aug 12, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1. Fast searching and supporting large sized data.

2. SQL indexing is making it very fast.

3. support all framework.

4. Integration and support for most of dotnet based software and erp solution.

5. highlt secured and very precise reciovery option.

Cons: Not at all only it should be free to use for small shops.

Overall: I am developer of sql server which makes me easy is SDLC and SSRS reporting . Which is very fast and efficient.

"Microsoft SQL server - WHY"

Oct 17, 2016
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Data accessing via Excel or Access is very easy.

Reporting services are a really good example to present and analyze the data to management.

We do have an analytics team which does a lot of data modeling and also uses lots of integration services.

Cons: Definitely room for improvement in SQL server reporting services.

Missing the functionality to purge/archive/delete the reports from the server. We have to do it one at a time.

Overall: I prefer SQL Server for SharePoint applications. There are SSIS data sources, destinations that can be used to sync data between SharePoint lists and SQL Server tables. SQL Server is a good choice if you are looking for a solution with quicker time to market. It is simple to use and administer. However, I would prefer something else (like Oracle) for enterprise solutions.

Recommendations to other buyers: I think for any application it really works well. It has lots of features which could help with business requirements. It can easily import the data from different data sources and also can export the data in the required format. It is really good in OLTP transactions too. We will have to use it well to make it more efficient. For ex: if you don't have proper indexing, it might take time to retrieve the data you wanted or you might run into time out situations.

Great data base! Recommended for bussiness or personal use.

Jul 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: SQL Server is a data base that is increasing your functionality, features; has a great performance on Windows or Linux, is stable, secure. You can use it for big projects like SAP without any trouble. Highly recommended, you can do a test with the free version of SQL Developer - you will get all the features, but it is just for devoloping, not for production use. You can use the Express edition for free but with the limitation that the dabase file size is just of 10GB.

For example in a company that I give IT services they had SQL Server 2005 with Windows Server 2003 r2 for many years, they moved to SQL Server Standard 2014 with Windows Server 2012 in 2016 because they need to apply an update over a software. So, it is very stable and secure. We didn't have any issue or problem during all the years (and still).

Cons: I don't have any negative comment about SQL Server, because from my point of view it is a very good and stable data base. May the only one could be the price.

Overall: Easy to use, secure, stable, good performance.

Solid Data Consolidation Platform

Sep 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: SQL Server continues to get better all the time. I use it for helping SMBs consolidate their data for BI/analytics for both on-premise and Azure. The product is solid and never have a problem (especially Azure). If you have used any of the previous versions. Due to its long history and wide use, resources are always available to support the product. The security continues to get better and integrates well into Power BI. Over the last couple of years, Microsoft has also added additional connector services which is great for many IT shops.

Cons: If Microsoft wants to stay relevant in the SMB world they need to make it more automated, intuitive and dummy proof for individuals in Marketing and other disciplines. The product requires some serious IT support which is not always available. I have never been happy with their Training and certification programs (basically they suck). Microsoft dictates how classes are to be run and lost connection with the evolving world.

Overall: If you are an IT resource, the experience is great.

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So far I enjoy using SQL Server to query databases that our customer have at my job

Apr 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that you can upload a database, then immediately start querying the data or altering if needed. There is no waiting afterwards. Our customer at my job have databases that we don't really query on to reduce usage or traffic. So we make backups and upload on our person computers that way we can hit it hard and not have to worry about the customer seeing any issues or if we accidentally mess up, it doesn't shut them down instantly. Once you get used to using select statements, joins, and looking at store procedures, SQL is pretty easy to use.

Cons: My only con is that the learning curve is difficult but I understand why. It would be ridiculous to make it easy and then hackers all over would destroy data or steal it even more. The actual con I have is in the latest release of SQL Server. It is a bit glitchy when it comes to opening the application and waiting for it to fully load after signin. This could be the hardware I am using it on but at times it is the only thing running and still is slow.

Great for Enterprise application

Feb 01, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Even for beginners it's easy to use. Great for creation, management and easy to learn. The query analyser is awesome. Inbuilt template for New Database, stored procedure, views, tables. Easy to generate script for table and it's data. Execution plan is really helpful when writing complex queries. Overall, I really like it. I have full version installed my machine and have disabled some services which I don't want like SQL Agent.

Cons: The heavy one. I know it has many in built features like sending emails directly from database and generate reports but still heavy. Sometime I couldn't restore the backup from older version and that is painful. The price is high, may be the reason they have done tremendious job since they release 2005 version.

Overall: I will rate it 9/10. Looking into features and ease to operate, performance etc. I have tried other DBs but personally like this one. SSDT is great component for Visual Studio and sometime you don't need to run SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio), as you get most of it on SSDT, but database engine must be running. I love it.

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SQL Server is a powerful, fast and feature-rich enterprise database platform

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SQL Server is constantly being improved for features, performance, reporting and stability. The SQL Server community is great and Microsoft do a good job at providing information, training and resources to support it. SQL Server is all the tools and features for modern software development against a database platform. The query tuning/profiling continues to improve, as does the database engine itself which allows software developers to gain valuable insight into how the engine works. SQL Server features and components all work together under one management solution which is great.

Cons: SQL Server dependencies can sometimes be painful to deploy and manage correctly. The installer continues to improve, but would be great to have more smarts in this part of the solution. Would be great if SSMS had better support for visualizing which database you're currently working on, when using in a multi-database environment.

Overall: SQL Server is the back-bone of all of our software development and reporting.

DBA's review on SQL Server (v7/2000-2017)

Nov 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: Since the redesign of the database engine in 2005, each new version is enriched with more and more feaures and functionallity, also pushing down more and more Enterprise features to lower editions.

Microsoft took another road a couple of years ago and are now fully embracing other platforms and eco-systems that makes the choice for SQL Server easier (or harder ... :-)).

With R, Polybase, Linux and dockers, SQL Server is definitely on their way to the future.

Cons: It takes some time to figure out which licens model you have to choose.

Even with the assisitence of third parties you hear different suggestions that makes it even harder.

But with some effort and puzzling we were able to come up with a structure that is robust an least expensive, you should closely watch the type of VM's you put on the same host in a VM-cluster and think about the way you (over)provision that host.

The massive amount of new features are hard to keep up with though ...

Overall: Keeps getting better and better!

Enterprise-grade SQL that is polished and with high adoption for the Microsoft eco system

Feb 22, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: - Support: Well-documented, and is a cornerstone of Microsoft enterprise software, and is well-designed very robust.

- Integration: If you are standing up Microsoft applications that require MS SQL as it's back-end, the process is flexible regarding if you want the SQL server hosted on the same box or on a remote server for design and resilience. The process is generally very well documented and the requirements for the installation are highlighted and straightforward.

- Clustering: It can be complicated to initially setup, but it is worth it. Clustering your SQL servers reduced single points of failure, leveraged our hardware resources more efficiently while also making maintenance and patching more flexible.

Cons: - Pricing confusion for physical vs virtual licensing: Pricing is a moving target with Microsoft, so pay very close attention to your infrastructure, how you use SQL, and work with your reseller to determine the most cost-effective way to move forward.

-Split-permissions: Active Directory is the flagship of Microsoft enterprise software, and it grooms you to understand shared permissions that are integrated around Active Directory, and everything joined to it. MS SQL is not setup this way, they are split out, so to understand the permissions model of MS SQL, you have to invest in the MS SQL eco system.

SQL Server Review

Jun 19, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: During the backup process, the database is not blocked.

Supports multiple programming languages.

Query can be truncate without killing the process.

Cons: Only native storage Engine support.

Very Expensive solution.

Overall: SQL Server is a proprietary RDBMS developed by Microsoft. SQL server offer multiple distribution option, developer and express edition of SQL Server 2017 are free of cost, but Enterprise and Standard editions are very expensive. We have used SQL server for multiple DotNet projects, perform well and stable under heavy load. Taking backup on SQL Server is quite easy to manage.

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security and great data processing power.

Jul 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: it is quick and easy to create data and tables using their built-in ide, has a wide variety of fields, we like to correctly support stored procedures which facilitates processes and enriches functions to the application and can delegate more responsibility to the database , it integrates seamlessly with other microsoft applications such as visual studio in addition to many other third-party applications either natively or by means of ODBC connectors, the ide allows us to develop queries and unions graphically by dragging and dropping making the job much easier, can manage easily the user's permissions.

Cons: The installation may take longer than expected. it requires a lot of resources for its implementation.

Overall: we have used sql server for some years has been our main database for desktop projects, has been the database engine to choose when developing financial applications for its speed and security also when working with complex data and variety of fields, also its ide facilitates its administration.

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The BEST RDBMS for your BUSINESS

Oct 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have used other open source RDBMS software, but nothing comes close to the ROBUSTNESS and SCALABILITY of Microsoft's SQL Servers. I have been using them in the office for almost ALL of our mission critical applications. What makes it more USEFUL is that it is closely INTEGRATED to the entire Microsoft Developer ecosystem. No matter how BIG the database is, the performance is CONSISTENT but dependent on your HARDWARE, specially the HARD DISK.

Cons: Probably the least liked feature of MSSQL is it is heavily dependent on the Hard disk. Most of the Server hard disks are still MECHANICAL and recently SSDs have been the preferred choice for storage in servers. I just read they have in memory OLTP in Azure which I have yet to explore.

Overall: Overall, the experience with MSSQL over the years when it was version 2000 all the way to its latest version (2016?), it was an AWESOME and continuously LEARNING experience. I would recommend it for its reasonable PRICING and solid RELIABILITY for mission critical application systems.

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My views on Microsoft Sql server

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SQL server support numerous data type on a database table column name.

SQL Sever's profiler is a great tool to find out running query on sql instance.

SSMS and SSIS reporting services functionality are easy to generate the data report.

Database tuning is great feature to improve the performance of db as this provides good suggestion during this activity.

Its linked server functionality is great to retrieve data from remote server.

Cons: Sql server constrained to a single cpu. There is a limit on stored procedure's parameter but this is still sufficient number 2100.

Overall: In our organization,, we are using widely this tool to create new database objects like table, stored procedure, function in our existing application.

SQL server's profiler, database tuning functionality a reporting services etc. helped a lot in daily development work.

By creating master key in database used decrypt and encrypt feature on required tables and maintained confidentiality.

Greatly helped in performance monitoring.

I'll say its a great database storage engine.