Average Ratings

125 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $1.00/one-time/user
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support
    Online
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

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

About SQL Server

Database and analysis offering for rapidly delivering the next generation of scalable e-commerce & line-of-business solutions.


SQL Server Features

  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad Hoc Reports
  • Benchmarking
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Dashboard
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • OLAP
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trend / Problem Indicators
  • Backup
  • Creation / Development
  • Data Migration
  • Data Replication
  • Data Search
  • Database Conversion
  • Monitoring
  • Performance Analysis
  • Queries
  • Relational Interface
  • Virtualization

SQL Server Reviews Recently Reviewed!


I like this tool

Jan 18, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I have years using this tool and i like its power and stability when works with high volume of data and transactions.

Cons: I don't like than this tool don't work in another operating systems, i think than it could be a good alternative tool for more users with another operating system.

Overall: I have been able to work with high volume of data without problems on transactions

A fast and stable solution

Jan 18, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Microsoft SQL Server is a fast and stable solution that caters to a business database needs. What I like about SQL server is the ability to adjust and track performance levels which ultimately reduces resource use. A major plus is that it works well with other Microsoft products.

Cons: A great solution for database needs, however it can have a toll on resources. However, it has performance tuning to address this drawback.

Overall: Great for Database Management

Best SQL engine for SMB based projects or products

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Best editor in the market
Good ACL support
Good backup/restore support
Good AD integration
Good role support

Cons: Some SQL statements are only specific to Microsoft SQL server.
Porting from Microsoft SQL to other takes time

Overall: Easy to manage and easy to get the developer to develop.

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After using SQL server for several years It has been a great tool for my projects

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
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Features & Functionality
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Pros: The power and flexibility of SQL server make it one of the best database tools in the market. Lately, I find the file tables feature to be extremely useful when managing files for a project I think that feature is one of the best lately.

Cons: I would say the complexity of usage can be overwhelming for new users. Not very intuitive and initial configuration can be misleading.

Overall: I have successfully implemented many SQL Server databases and has been an important tool for personal and workplace projects the benefits I have got are many. Almost all my work has depended on this tool.

Rock solid for web applications

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I've used SQL Server in web application development for many years. It is the fastest and has the most features of any web application relational database I've seen. The geography data type came in handy for a zip code lookup app I wrote a few years ago. I don't believe that was available in any competing software. (I wouldn't consider Oracle and several others web application friendly)

Cons: The licensing can get a little pricey, but thankfully web hosting companies generally offer a reasonably priced license for hosting plans.

The real deal for business DB - not only option but for most the best.

Jan 15, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Consistent UI and configuration that means multiple generations of product don't require relearning to transition. Huge community and history of people finding the same problem you have encountered so fixes are often easy to find.

Cons: SQL script is not programing and despite everyone's best efforts to convince me otherwise it is not. Some of the concepts of the product, backup recovery models, backup types, and more are not as intuitive or "consistent" with industry terms.

Simply powerful

Jan 15, 2018
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Overall its easy, fast and efficient

Pros: The auto fill feature is helpful and works well for digging through a lot of tables. It works well for managing databases, controlling security for access to the SQL databases, setting up simple scheduled management tasks such as database backups (dumps), and it lets you generate and test queries.

Cons: Often it crashes and needs to be restarted. Computationally intensive processes can take a long time relative to distributed systems. Certain aspects such as managing security permissions and accessing logs are not fully intuitive and the location of these items are not accessible from the top level, requiring the user to dig deeper and find them

Safe and robust application, easy to use for data control

Jan 11, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: 1. It available on Linux as well as Windows-based platforms.
2. It is very fast and stable.
3. It works very well with other Microsoft products.

Cons: 1. Many individuals have issues using the SQL Server Integration Services to import files.

Using Microsoft SQL Server was a great experience! It is one of the best RDBMS in the market.

Jan 11, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I think what I liked the most was the availability of various tools and plugins like SQL Server Management Studio - It enabled me to connect to any database remotely/via the internet.
The Intellisense feature was very useful to help me write queries.

Cons: I think the Settings tab can be configured to be more user-friendly. It is not very intuitive and does require experience to adjust it properly.

If you know how to use the SQL language, this is an extremely good platform. If not it still works!

Jan 11, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: Offers a wealth of features to help you easily see optimizations, timing, performance, and basic information about all your databases, whether remote or local.
Connects easily to most modern coding frameworks, as well!
Even if you don't know SQL, you can still easily use the GUI to run basic queries.

Cons: Costs money, but that's to be expected.
Not a problem for most, since it is often covered by work expenses.

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Powerful and Reliable like nothing else.

Jan 11, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Nobody can doubt how reliable and powerful SQL server has become. Today represents the base for every serious deployment over Microsoft software. Features I really enjoy are, high availability, clustering, mirroring... There is a solution for every need, Small or huge. SQL can handle it all.

Overall: Peace of mind knowing that I am using the best product on the market.

No complain no compliment

Jan 10, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: - Using SQL standard
- Great security
- Easy to configure and setup

Cons: - Only able to install on a Windows Operating System machine
- Making relationships is a painful action

Easy to use

Jan 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software is easy to use and universal. It is easy to begin and easily transfer data from one SQL server to the next.

Cons: It is a bit expensive, which would be the only real con. I can¿t think of anything else that could be considered a con.

Frequent SQL user over last several years, best relational db software in the market.

Jan 09, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Microsoft SQL Server has a very user friendly interface, allowing for a quick ramp-up time for new users and ease of user for those more familiar with the software.

Overall: Like with any relational DB software, you have to understand that specific iteration of the software syntax for queries. This means that users need to be versed in the specific syntax for MSSQL Server (less of a con, and more of just part of the territory with this type of software).

Use with Entity Framework

Jan 09, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: Been very easy to switch to I came from using Oracle Server and the transition has been pretty seamless.

Overall: I have not found a problem or had any difficulties with documentation which is where I usually see problems.

Es una herramienta de trabajo que me permite almacenar de manera facil y rapida gran volumen de info

Dec 22, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It allows me an easy integration with the software that I develop for the processing of the stored data, easy to manage and administer

Cons: It requires a good computer with a lot of memory and a lot of disk space. Additional you need a good internet connection to keep it updated

Overall: Easy handling and storage of large volume of data, administration, etc.

Using SQL Server for day today software development works

Dec 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The simple steps for taking and maintaining a backup of the database and to apply the old version immediately to verify any issues in software development.
This feature saved me hours of recreating the database during local development process.

Cons: Enabling file channels or setting up different channels with the SQL Server is complicated process sometimes. But n our company we do not do this on a daily process, so we haven't encountered a major backdrop because of this.

SQL 2014 Feature and Upgrades

Dec 14, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Database clustering with always On is one of the nice feature we use. An application was working with SQL 2008 R2 and after upgrading the SQL 2014, we have some issues popping up.

Pros: Database clustering with always On is one of the nice feature we use. Very user friendly when we do failover from Node1 to Node2.

Cons: An application was working with SQL 2008 R2 and after upgrading the SQL 2014, we have some issues popping up.

Easy to work with, interface like visual studio

Dec 11, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I really do enjoy working with the SQL Server client. Something about its familiarity like visual studio makes it pretty easy to use. It's definitely the nicer looking client out there for those user other database clients. The nice thing is that the client is rock solid and I've never had it crash on me. You have the ability to query multiple servers at a time, and the answer sets are preserved per query window - very useful. Its definitely more powerful than Access since it is a fully fledged database.

Cons: I find sometimes its hard to bring things into or out of the tool. Exporting data can be a pain sometimes, it would be nice as a Microsoft product to export to excel, and vice versa to be able to import with excel files too.

Powerful Database

Dec 05, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Reliable; relatively easy to administer; huge amount of paid and free books, videos, blogs, forums, third-party products available; actively being improved by Microsoft. Free Express edition for desktop and small server databases up to 10GB.

Cons: It can be pricey SQL Server often challenged to due to limitations of integration to 3rd party software like MySQL etc.

An incredible database

Dec 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is a powerful database, with extra features of bank design, it is possible to program with it, making it one of the most competent alternatives

Cons: The fact that this bank do everything makes it superficial in some specific areas, as in OLAP cube management the best alternative is postgresql

Leading Database Management System at current time

Dec 04, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: SQL Server is most flexible and manageable solution for enterprise data management, and it`s integrations with Azure making it the only really cloud oriented DBMS for now

Cons: Performance tuning tasks are bit complex and involves analizing a lot of data from different sources

Great database software!

Nov 26, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I'm a big fan of Microsoft SQL Server. It's easy to install, use, configure, administer and run structured query language statements against.

Cons: It has some limitations once you get into situations where you need to run large, high-performance databases but, other than that, I've had great success using it.

It is an easy-to-use software, strong, robust and safe.

Nov 22, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: *It is easy to use.
*The security restrictions for the different users that manage the database is good.

Cons: *The commit is not configurable.
*The Express edition has many limitations.
*Uses a lot of RAM in the installation.

Overall: Fast access to data, security,

MS sqlserver Database

Nov 21, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: User friendly with high-end datacenter.high service levels for mission-critical workloads and end user access to data insights. cost effective compare the Oracle licensing.

Cons: Not having much features for the data warehousing and data integration between multiple system. SSIS can be improved with respect to the warehousing and analytical reporting.

Easy to create and maintain and backup database

Nov 16, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Pros: 1.All field types available 2.Easy to manage indexes and relationships 3.Easy maintenace plans 4.Db backup made simple

Cons: 1.Take database offline is time consuming from the context menue. It has to be done using script. 2.Big size log

I use the application, to review the data tests of the applications that are developed or data adju

Nov 16, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It is a simple database manager, very inductive, you can search and change data quickly and easily. It is easy to install.

Cons: Comparing with other software really what I do not like is that it is auto commit, this should be configurable.

Overall: It is easy to use, it is very easy to adjust data or review test data that allows faster corrections at the time of development tests

Any person can work with MS SQL

Nov 15, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Error logging and indicators Colors keywords Allows for easy formatting Allows for multiple tabs Allows for multiple subqueries

Cons: Would prefer more built in queries for DB optimization rather than having to find scripts on the internet. Data encryption Security Fuzzy SQL logic

Great Database Server

Nov 14, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: We use the MS SQL server to host our case management software. It makes searching through thousands of files and millions of pieces of information remarkably simple. There is no question it has increased our efficiency.

Cons: It's definitely not the easiest type of server to set up and it's easy to run into errors is everything is not set up exactly the way it has to be.

Overall: Hosts our case management software

SQL Service is a business standard for a reason

Nov 13, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I've found that using SQL Server has been smooth sailing ever since we've set it up. As long as you know how to use SQL properly, everything should be a walk in the park

Cons: No real negative about Microsoft SQL Server, but rather SQL itself. Learning the syntax may be the only downside, but its a needed requirement

Love it!!! So easy to learn

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Super easy to learn-the syntax is pretty straight forward Really helps with data analytics and integrates with all the BI tools for data visualization

Advanced rdbms but performance and backwards implementation let it down.

Nov 08, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: Easy to install and setup. Some nice features like ability to detach databases.

Easy "wizards" to create availability groups, log shipping etc - in some ways can be more forgiving than other dbmses

Cons: Backwards implementation of transaction logs, and having to schedule backups rather than do continuous archiving.

Log shipping and "replication" functionality implemented in very dodgy way - all hanging off scheduled jobs.

Intuitive tabular database tool that integrates across Microsoft¿s huge catelogue as well as countless other products

Nov 07, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Despite the above critique, the troubleshooting and development issues become less and less frequent and all of the positives mentioned above become more noticeable than any cons. Also, although the software can be pricey, it is unnecessary to have a large number of licenses for most businesses as long as a handful of professionals have the skills to role it out and manage it, you can get away with limiting the costs.

Pros: For the 90% of businesses that use Excel at the very least, SQL offers seemless integration for compliling, staging, and connecting multiple data sources in an easily accessible format with little or (in the case of dash boarding and automated refreshes) no training.

Cons: Building a database from scratch is tedious, and sql server is granular enough that minor mistakes can cause big problems and can be hard to fix once an instance has 100s of variables, multiple sources, or connections.

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Industry Standard for Databases

Nov 07, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Industry standard, full featured SQL Database.
Reliable code completion in the SQL Server Manager.
Large Community online able to answer questions.
Ability to Pivot data on the fly.

Cons: Generally considered to be a little expensive.
Proprietary standard.
Open Source could provide alternative solution.

Overall: As an Analyst it was good to use an industry standard and reliable tool that was relatively easy to use. Code completion in the Server Management Studio works really well, unlike some of the tools for open source equivalent tools. Full functionality vs other DBs like MySQL, so I was able to complete complex tasks at the database rather than reporting layer which sped analysis time up considerably.

I love using it !!

Nov 01, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ok, maybe I am a little biased because I develop on the Microsoft stack. But I have developed a lot of applications using other databases as well including: Oracle, MySQL, and Access. I was really surprised about how much Oracle was lacking as it seems to be one of the top Databases these days. I really don't see Oracle really being that far off from MySQL and MySQL is free! SQL Server is by far the best... most feature rich database in the world. I would take a free SQL Server Express instance over any Oracle database any day of the week

Cons: Ok, maybe I am a little biased because I develop on the Microsoft stack. But I have developed a lot of applications using other databases as well including: Oracle, MySQL, and Access. I was really surprised about how much Oracle was lacking as it seems to be one of the top Databases these days. I really don't see Oracle really being that far off from MySQL and MySQL is free! SQL Server is by far the best... most feature rich database in the world. I would take a free SQL Server Express instance over any Oracle database any day of the week

Easy and efficient

Oct 25, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: SQL Server makes pulling reports an easy task. Being able to view all of the tickets processed in one month on one spreadsheet divided by companies, yards and dates is an amazing thing when looking for just one ticket.

Cons: This program can be slow at times and unavailable at others. Pulling the reports can take up to five minutes.

this software has changed the world of reporting for me

Oct 25, 2017
4/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: DTS feature is a powerful and flexible tool. Although Microsoft created it to facilitate data warehousing, the product's usefulness doesn't stop there. DTS simplifies importing and exporting data between any two Object Linking and Embedding Database (OLE DB)-compatible databases. DTS also generates Visual Basic Script (VBScript) files that you can run from the Windows Scripting Host (WSH) or other component object model (COM) environments.

Cons: The lack of Cascading DRI is probably SQL Server's biggest shortcoming in comparison with competing databases in the NT market. Even Access provides support for Cascading DRI. You can use triggers to compensate for this shortcoming, but you don't need to go this route with other databases, so you shouldn't need to do it with SQL Server 7.0. Considering SQL Server 7.0's other features, the fact that this one didn't make the cut is a shame.

Best full stack data platform

Oct 18, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: You get everything with SQL Server. A fully functioning database, ETL tool, report server, and multidimensional analysis server. All included in one low price. Features are being added quite frequently, and the software assurance license makes sure you have the best features for the next couple years.

Cons: It can seem a bit fragmented at times. But that is only because there is so much available to you. The documentation out there does require someone with the base knowledge of SQL and programming in general. Biggest problem for me is the separation of PowerBI away from SSRS. That really should be included all together. It is a shame they separate it.

Top of the industry solution deserves its place

Oct 12, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Fast, simple to use in a difficult market space, SQL server is a huge benefit in database development.

Cons: It has a learning curve and some things are non-intuitive, but nothing that can't be overcome with adequate training.

Generally stable relational database system, however performance and usability a disappointment.

Oct 12, 2017
3/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
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Pros: Easy for beginners to install a fairly usable database server, and good connectivity to the Microsoft suite of programming languages and tools.

Cons: Generally backwards functionality of fundamentals, especially with regards to vital components being slung as jobs into SQL Agent - not where they belong at all. Admins and developers coming from other mature relational databases will feel the limitations.

Transaction logs being stored in one large file become cumbersome on large systems in their "full recovery" model; with the only option for txn log archiving to be "tlog backups" run on a regular schedule meaning throttling to demand is almost impossible.

Actual data files are no better; often resulting a a cach22 situation of file bloat vs fragmentation.

Add to this more backwards functionality such as "Replication" (logical replication) agents being SQLagent scheduled jobs that start and intend run indefinitely - until they fail on a condition that would have easily been handled by a dedicated process/thread.

General convenience when writing SQL is also lacking, functions available

Works well for a relational database

Oct 11, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: This database has increased functionality with every release. User interface still keeps getting better.

Cons: Explain plan sometimes doesn't work quite right when running complex queries and sql statements in the UI.

If its windows it should be MS SQL

Oct 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Its reliable, lot of books and documentation to support you and off course Microsoft with you. Its available on cloud as well. Most of all easy skilled resources available with MS SQL experience.

Cons: Its cost, pricing models can be more lucrative. Linux availability should have been earlier though it is coming soon !

Overall: Robust database management !

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

Oct 05, 2017
5/5
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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.

I use Microsoft SQL server to import data.

Oct 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This software has worked for me every time. It is user friendly enough and highlights errors as they occur.

Cons: The software is not as user friendly as it could be, but it works if you have knowledge of SQL and your database connection.

I love SQL Server!

Oct 03, 2017
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 easy to use and has so much functionality built in. I can get anything I need from my data in just seconds (or less).

Overall: Being able to report almost anything from our data for our executives is huge. I use SQL Server for almost everything I do and love it.

Great software. Solid.

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Quick and easy to use. Lots of features that let me query the database. Overall a value to any company.

Cons: INSANELY OVERPRICED. The cost of this software is too expensive. It shouldn't be this expensive to implement this in a workplace.

Time saving

Sep 29, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: I really like how quickly I am able to pull useful data that is already formatted in a way that I can just paste it into Excel for further data manipulation

Cons: I have to actually be in the office in order to use it. I can't connect to the database even when on the VPN

The best database system on the market - both on premises or in Azure

Sep 25, 2017
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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Pros: Comprehensive functionality - you get database engine, analysis services, integration services and reporting services. All pieces play very nicely with one another. You can easily set up SQL server on premises or in Azure. Very large user community with tons of documentation, tutorials and walkthroughs.

Cons: Enterprise edition is very pricey. Anything that you choose to set up in Azure tends to be pricey as well. Overall decent value for the money as long as you stay away from the Azure world. Storage in Azure (even premium storage) is less powerful than even middle-of-the-road SANs.

Overall: One stop shop kind of a tool for all of our data management needs. Nice integration with Power BI for visualizations.

A very robust SQL solution. Offers great flexibility with little fuss.

Sep 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is perfect for SMEs. The support is great and the fact that is backed by Microsoft is a very big plus. Also, one of the biggest plus is the multi-CPU query support which is great for CPU intensive work.

Cons: The documentation is very unwieldy and hard to get. The procedural language is a lot of other open-source competitors such as PostgreSQL due it's speed and features that it offers.

New versions have become very robust

Sep 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use. This is a very robust database server and good for business. I have been using Sql Server for a very long period of time and with every new version there are many new features and ease of use. This product is good for personal, small size, mid size and large organizations. Also very easy to understand as there are many resources available online and so one can get help easily. There are many courses available and has a great job market. I would recommend companies to use this product and organize their data. It also has great BI and reporting which has now become a very important part for any organization.

Have worked with several DBMSs over the last 17 years but I specialize on MS-SQL

Sep 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Relatively easy to use, both from DBA and developer perspectives, great functionality has been added over the years and improved performance to handle large databases and tables.
I also really like and use the other tools that are part of MS-SQL: SSIS, SSRS, SSAS, etc.

Cons: Upgrades can be difficult from a technical perspective, learning some of the new features especially from a DBA perspective is often a steep learning curve in order to become proficient.

Good

Sep 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: What I like most about this software is that it is fully functional with so many different types of software!

Cons: What I like least about this software is that it can really get confusing for the novices. After some training though its certainly usable.

Reliable, solid database platform

Sep 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: I use this software for all of my database needs. It is reliable and easy to use. I can't imagine my work without it.

Cons: The different versions sometimes don't play well together. Also depending on your machine DPI, older versions may not display correctly on your screen.

overall easy to use

Sep 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: fairly English-like--able to follow the flow, more or less, even if you are not familiar with the language.

Cons: debugging messages are vague making finding your actual error difficult at times. would like a way to display the information coming better.

Sql server works well and is an industry leader

Sep 08, 2017
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: Works well with other Microsoft software and provide the support neccessary to manage your database software

Cons: Sql is a bit costly but still provides all the neccessary functions from effective database management

It works great for our small network

Sep 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: We have used this software for many years & never had a problem.
It is used to link our Termite & Pest Control software on on our network of computers.

Cons: Sometimes, when we have all 4 computers using the software, it tends to slow or bog down.
I am assuming the SQL is the issue.

The simplest friendliest RDBMS ever !!!

Aug 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I have worked with several Database products, and Microsoft SQL Server is the easiest. We use it for our light-weight applications, because it is easy to manage and easy to train our new employees. It comes with a GUI interface, and the databases are pretty much "plug and play"

Cons: We haven't tested it extensively to its limits, but we feel a performance issue when the database size grows close to 1 TB. We dont have some of the features of other RDBMS like flashback, Automatic Database Diagnostic Manager, historical snapshots etc

For handling large amounts of data, it is best. Allows the analysis of the same.

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Is designed for the management of many information at the same time, its speed in processing.It can be used for the design of related databases, in small and large companies, making more efficient the management of the information, its traceability and its audit.

Cons: The administration of many commands. The system needs to handle a large amount of physical memory to be able to process the information, making the equipment where it resides, be a machine rubusta and updated.

Overall: Saving time and financial resources to the company, keeping information centralized in a powerful system.

Consitent and Performance

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the consistancies of the the software over time. They are able to bridge generations of coders to be able to continue.

Cons: I hope they could bridge the gap so that everyone could feel powerful programming in different languages.

Performance is very poor and unexpected

Aug 11, 2017
2/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
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Pros: Easy to manage for new users
good management interface that help new users to learn fast
managing databases and automation tasks are easy

Cons: MS SQL Server is very poor in performance as compared to other products
in MS SQL Server complex queries take too long
gain in performace only when profiler is on

Overall: its easy to learn

Easy to use management software for Microsoft-based SQL commands. Free for new start-ups.

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love how there are now fast-release cycles compared to back in the day where release cycles were slower.

Cons: I wish the UI was upgraded every second release like they used to do, they have lost the ball on this for the last one or two releases.

Overall: Easy to use SQL commands and reporting.

A very powerful tool in data analytics, data warehousing, and big data in general.

Aug 08, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: An extremely powerful and versatile Database Engine that integrates well with multiple platforms. In addition it has tools that provide lots of flexibility for automation.

Cons: Depending on the usage, the Database can eat up resources very quickly and does not tend to release them without some manual intervention.

SQL server - great product

Jul 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It allows you to easily create databases with huge amounts of data. With sql server we can create store procedures that help us extract data from the company data warehouse and, using reporting services, create reports with them.

Cons: When the size of the tables becomes important the performance decreases drastically and requires a lot of hardware resources

Easy to use

Jul 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Whether they advertise it a lot or not, Microsoft invests heavily in SQL Server¿s core database engine in every new version. Back in the old days, a nine-table join was a recipe for disaster; now it¿s no big deal. The same holds true for SQL Server 2012: You can expect better overall performance when compared side-by-side to older versions, and ¿better performance¿ is always a reason to consider an upgrade.

Cons: Newest versions of SQL Server brings some significant changes, and change isn¿t always best. For example, your IT team will have to re-think how they engineer database availability given the completely-changed high availability features in SQL Server. Most other administrative tasks will remain significantly unchanged, but if availability is an important concern for your organization, make sure you understand what you¿re getting into with this new version.

Solid Enterprise Database and great for database work

Jul 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Microsoft SQL is a standard for applying the Structured Query Language to tabular databases, which makes life much easier when your database is massive. You can select the data that you want using clear syntax, and from there work more quickly.

Cons: I dislike that Microsoft SQL isn't as as streamlined as you might expect. For example, it takes many more keystrokes and clicks to import a table than it should, and table entries that are too large may not display properly.

Overall: SQL helped with data replication across database with ease. Picking all of those out one by one would have take a long time, but SQL made this processes fast.

Effective database management software

Jul 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: A good software, one of the best around.

Pros: Continuous improvement and addition of more functions for easy of use. The application is a complete bundle for data management, development and BI.

Cons: Limited GUI tool for newbies in database development. Express edition is also very limited, needs to be improved on.

Ive been working with sql server 2008 for almost 5 years with excellent results cause its easy to ma

Jul 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: the ease of use you have to manage databases is amazing you can easily manage multiple databases with simple configuration

Cons: sometimes it has a hard time with big databases plus the larger the database the crazy it gets with hardware

Microsoft SQL Server

Jul 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Performance of SQL Server's database engine is a huge plus. Performance gets better and better with new versions of SQL Server. Keep upgrading to newer versions

Cons: Compatibility with other versions of SQL Server is tough. Not all companies use the same version. Administrative tasks changes with every version of SQL Server

Its amazing software to do lot of things.

Jun 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy when compared to other platforms like DB2 and Oracle. Can organize the data in a proper manner.

Cons: One needs to have knowledge of databases. Need to know the concepts of traditional databases. PL/SQL knowledgs.

One of the easiest places to exhibit your SQL brilliance

Jun 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The colour formatting is smart, and being able to shrink/expand coding chunks for smarter faster skim reading.

Cons: Auto-fill can sometimes be hard to reverse as it persists with the wrong value, I've found myself reverse typing the field names so it didn't do this.

SQL Server helped wonderfully for my work needs

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Was working as a part time Jr. DBA and being able to use MS SQL was very nice! I really enjoy the large community that uses SQL Server because if I have any questions I can use Microsoft's own community forums to ask!

Good

May 18, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Userfriendly administrators use it efficiently as it is easy to manipulate. The issues are very much included in the software and more easily used.

Cons: License is costly if the organization doesn't have an enterprise agreement. Sometimes the support is difficult to understand as a language barrier

Is the good for small busne

May 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Essay to set up, search motor good, easy upgrade, multilengual system and easy to buy, install queacly

Cons: If the data is damage not recovery easy, for bigger data is to easy to damage and los data, if you no have license the suppr no work

Overall: Search easy, data consulting is good

While difficult to set up for the novice, once done, it is almost bulletproof.

May 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Fast, simple to manage with third party tools.

Cons: Not the easiest to set up and use. Prepare to spend time on Google to figure out setup. They need better management and status tools,

Very good product

May 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The software is very easy to use and simple to navigate through. I enjoy the interface and the functionality.

Cons: I tend to experience patches in the system. This can be quite discouraging. Repairing these patches would be such a help/

One of the better Database Platforms

May 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: A great product overall.

Pros: I love that it's a Microsoft Product. The programming tools and interface is easy to use and the online help is very good also.

Cons: Not much to say as far as cons for SQL Server. It may be a little pricey for a small business and you may need some help/expertise in house or consultants.

Senior BI Developer

Apr 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I use Microsoft SQL Server daily and generally enjoy the product.

Pros: Microsoft's SQL server is extremely affordable and is relatively easy to use. You can quickly manage data, permissions as well as provide consumers access to the data through SSAS and SSRS.

Cons: Other BI solutions provide more intuitive features and better ETL/ELT solutions. SSIS & SSRS can be clunky, but they get the job done with extremely low overhead relative to Microsoft's competitors. If permissions are mismanaged, they can get messy very quickly.

MS SQL Server a reliable database system.

Apr 19, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We are processing and storing large volume of data, we find MS SQL Server an ideal DB system in terms of capacity and efficiency. There are also several features that we can use to do regular DB maintenance like purging, shrinking and re-indexing.

My database is sql

Apr 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: As a web developer sometimes i write desktop program and that time i use sql. It is the fast db for windows programs.

Best DB ever

Apr 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 5 years ago I started to use SQL Server. From that time I am very happy with this server. Because I can store my data in db very easily

SQL gives us Independence

Apr 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Using SQL has allowed us to continue using our Access based programs. We have not lost any time due to learning a new software, but the programs runs better.

Microsoft SQLserver Review

Apr 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Loaded with functionality, easy to use. Provides the backbone for our company. Recommended to any size company.

Not to bad

Mar 01, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Was a little hard at times but over all I say pretty good experience in the short time I had with it would recommend to other sites

EHR uses this database

Feb 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We use maxSQL for our eye care EHR and this is a good database. We have run in to speed issues but we have been pleased with its performance.

Expensive but functional

Feb 08, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Cons: Expensive

Overall: I am glad the ability to automatically load balancing, increased fault tolerance. Thanks to the creators for a good tool!

SQL Server for backend development

Feb 02, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to Operate, Low Cost

Cons: Not very great UI for operational use

Overall: We use SQL Server for small applications development many times at our organization, though it is not fancy as high profile ERPs, SQL Server is good at what it can do, for the money we spent, we recommend SQL Server for other organizations also

Recommendations to other buyers: SQL Server is more technical user oriented, not really a user facing application, but IT user can easily work with it

SQL Server Review

Jan 06, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Fairly easy to use if you have a SQL background.

Cons: I don't pay for it but I've been told the licenses are expensive.

Overall: I've been using SQL Server for about 15 years. We are primarily an Oracle DB shop but we have grown our SQL Server environment significantly. I'm a part programmer, part administrator, and part user when it comes to SQL Server. I'm pleased with the tools available (SQL Server Management Studio). I would recommend this to any business!

Recommendations to other buyers: We have a dedicated DB Team and it is good to have trained professionals backing you up.

Great database solution

Dec 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Reliability, flexibility, and ease of use. They also include a nice reporting tool (SSRS)

Overall: Microsoft SQL servers are very powerful, are easy to use, and are a relatively inexpensive database solutions which have a large community following. It also provides a very nice and flexible reporting tool (SSRS).

A robust environment

Dec 15, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Scalability and close integration with the Windows environment.

Overall: A very useful software for small or large organizations. I have used SQL Server for over 10 years and I am always amazed at how robust it is. I have used it for very large DBs and very small DBs, and it has been able to scale appropriately in each case.

Very powerful and Easy to use DBMS

Dec 15, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of Use

Overall: This is a very easy to use and powerful DBMS app. Most common features are available where you expect them to be and there is a strong community support for it. With SQL Server available on Azure Cloud and backing by Microsoft, one can't go wrong with choosing SQL Server. Free trials also available for developers to test their applications with.

MSSQL DB Review

Dec 14, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have used MSSQL Server for Data mining and generating Reports for Capital Market as well as Fraud Detection and Money Laundering detection for one of the biggest financial institute of UK. Our application was used by all executive for assessing the market risk associated with their investments.

Pros :
- GUI of MSSQL studio is very good, easy to grasp which in turns helps to do thing efficiently.
- Query plan execution helps to eliminate possible issue at very early stage of development.
- Query Profiler gives the insight of possible bottlenecks to fix Production and UAT issue.
- MSSQL Server has high availability features like Always ON, Replication, Database Mirroring

- MSSQL DB has very good integration with other Microsoft products which provides the edge for speedy development.
- Great community support for learning by forum, online video and expert blogs

Cons:
- Huge Licensing Cost of product
- Personally feels MSSQL server is too slow with 'XMLTYPE' Data
- Installing and maintaining MSSQL on Linux platform is the challenging task, which keeps O&M team on tow every day.

Great for Databases

Dec 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: SQL Server is great for power users that rely on large databases. Excel is still my go-to software for smaller databases, but SQL Server is great if you know what you're doing. If you have Excel databases that take forever to open, my advice is to switch to SQL Server, watch a few how-to videos, and it should be pretty familiar when you learn some basic queries.

SQL Server is a great easy to use database.

Dec 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to install and configure. Good user interfaces that makes logical sense.

Cons: Getting Microsoft support can be harder than smaller companies.

Overall: I've been using SQL Server for over 20 years and I find it easy to install, configure and use. It's a reliable database

Recommendations to other buyers: It is easy for a newcomer and can be easy to get up and running.

Invaluable product for any .Net Enterprise Application

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: An invaluable Database Management tool for any Enterprise Application

Overall: SQL Server relieves the pressure of any complex database solution to your project. Its a feature rich and very powerful Database Management System. Not only is the one of the most used Tools on the market, its been around that long, which has made it a reliable and dependable interface, which is continually enhanced by Microsoft.

SQL Server

Dec 08, 2016
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: We have never had to contact customer service. It takes care of itself. Less for me to do.

Overall: We recently upgraded to a SQL server. The team at Microsoft was very helpful to our outside IT team in getting it set up. It has ran very smoothly. I haven't had any issues.

SQL Server Rocks

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: There are so many features to uncover. Replication, Reporting Services, Integration Services, Analysis Services, and much more. Since it is so widely used, assistance is so easy to find via a web search. I rated Customer Support low only because I don't use it.

Most powerful database management system

Dec 08, 2016
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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Comments: This is certainly one of the most powerful database management tools. With company like Microsoft behind it, there is little that you can complain about. It manages your tables and relationships well and also features visual relationship among your tables.

Best database program for the masses

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: SQL server has been around forever and is the best database product for the overwhelming majority of use cases. Consistent interface and usage from prior versions makes upgrades easy as well.

A good runtime product

Dec 05, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We are using Ms SqL SERVER Runtime standard for over 10 versions and with each release they have improved the product.

Great Product!

Dec 05, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I used to use this at a previous job and found the product to be reliable and never gave me any issues. Was able to query everything I needed.