SQL Server

Who Uses SQL Server?

Any company of all sizes, looking for database management software

What Is 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 Details

Microsoft

http://www.microsoft.com

Founded 1975

SQL Server Pricing Overview

SQL Server has a free version and does not offer a free trial. SQL Server paid version starts at US$931,00/one-time.

Starting Price

US$931,00/one-time

Free Version

Yes

Free Trial

No

Deployment

Installed - Windows

Training

In Person

Webinars

Documentation

Support

24/7 (Live Rep)

Online

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

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  • Backup
  • Data Migration
  • Database Conversion
  • Monitoring
  • OLAP
  • Performance Analysis
  • Queries
  • Storage Optimization

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SQL Server Alternatives

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SQL Server Reviews

Showing 5 of 1 377 reviews

Overall
4,6/5
Ease of Use
4,3/5
Customer Service
4,3/5
Features
4,6/5
Value for Money
4,2/5
Kudakwashe N.
Software Developer
Information Technology & Services, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/03/20

"Data Management made so easy with MS SQL Server"

Pros: For any developer, before first they can this own what their apps are going to be developed in their should think of what server should host their database. I do believe that MS SQL Server is the best on the marketing when comes to data management and administration. The best feature that i really love the most on MS SQL Server is the ability to disable remote execution of your queries and really helps protect data integrity in case your server authentication has been compromised. You can also be rest assured that your data is consistent and accurate at all times. Yes hackers some times can try sql injection but i believe MS SQL Server its the most secure servers around.

Cons: The license key for MS SQL might cost you an arm and a leg but at the end of the day its really worth it when you think of a platform where you are able to develop enterprise apps that secure and helps with Business Intelligence.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/03/20
Imi C.
MIS Developer
Political Organization, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    1/5
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/11/21

"SQL is getting better as it grows older"

Comments: SQL Server centralized my data and allows my staff to "believe" that they are working in Excel, It is super fast for loading data from the server, and allow large data set that will normally take hours, or even crash the Excel spreadsheet to load without any issue.
When I am ready for a web app.. SQL server is easy as piece to develop a simple CRUD application and push live.
It seem to connect to every thing - from MS Word Mail merge, MS Excel, MS Access and of course for development environment such as Visual Studios.
One Database ( Centralized) and many presentation modes for the end users. I love it!

Pros: MS SQL Server is certainly a competently relational database engine, with reporting service and now R.
Easy to install for small onpremise application.
Easy to administer, easy to backup, easy because it is a Microsoft application.
It is so easy that most of the application today I work on seem to be pulling data from SQL into Excel and or Power BI.
You can start from free version and expand as time goes by.
The management studio take the pain our of scripting, and the online support community most likely have your questions answered with T-SQL scripts for copy and pasting.
If you deciding on an option for an Relational Database system - you should look at this as your most productive option. It allows you to focus on the problem by making the technology easy.

Cons: The new the version, the more memory intensive this management studio will become.
Microsoft need to create some more easy to use tool for change control and change tracking.
Backward compatibility - if you used a higher version during development, then it become a pain to use a lower version during production environment.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/11/21
Prabhu S.
associate projects
Information Technology & Services, 10 001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/08/29

"All time market leader"

Comments: When comes to business critical it can consume the raw data, process it and provide to the user understandable format. More than decades, this software providing tremendous help to business to evolve and reach their goals by fetching data from any formate and load it into structured form and with help of powerful Tsql query languge we able to fetch the right data from database. We can also connect with any visualization tool to provide the better UI(Power BI) to users to take right decision.

Pros: 1. Optimized storage and querying business critical data.
2. Powerful Tsql Query language.
3. Query execution plan to predict and optimize the data.
4. Query profiler to find out anomaly and query latency.

Cons: 1. We need to take care of all patching works.
2. We need to take care of all infrastructure scalability(RAM,HDD and IO etc)
3. Server maintenance and outrage time is high.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/08/29
Vikash kumar S.
Lead Engineer
Industrial Automation, 10 001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    3/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    3/5
  • Value for Money
    4/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/09/19

"Easy and Fast for Development"

Pros: MS SQL makes your life easy by bringing SQL Management tool
easy to create new database on the fly.
Free express Database for development purpose
Easy to troubleshoot performance issue,.
Same SQL can be published to azure or get the same feeling on Azure.
Most used database

Cons: When DB size grow large then it leads to performance issue.
these days in world on No SQL database, ppl tend more use other kind of DBS

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/09/19
Verified Reviewer
DBA
Food & Beverages, 1 001-5 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    3/5
  • Value for Money
    3/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/05/21

"SQL Server 2017 on Linux! It works.."

Comments: I have been a SQL Database administrator for over 10 years. I recently had the challenge of implementing it in Linux environments, mainly due to the low cost of licensing / subscription.
The product behaves in a very stable way, and delivers superior processing capacity (performance).

Pros: Operating system licensing is always an additional cost. What I like most about SQL for Linux is the possibility to reduce this cost drastically, with an amazing OS and extremely stable SQL in this environment. Adjusting the environment variables for SQL is a differentiator.

Cons: The lack of reporting services is a terrible shortage.
It could have an alternative in Apache, or even allow integration with Windows servers for this demand.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/05/21