SQL Server Review

Flexible and easy to use but the performance could be better

What is our primary use case?

We use the product for information systems. This is a must both for us. We use it for our Enterprise Portal.

What is most valuable?

The solution has proven to be very flexible.

The product is quite stable.

Overall, we've found it to be extremely easy to use. 

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. It's not difficult to implement and the deployment doesn't take too long.

Technical support has been pretty good so far. They are helpful.

It's a good option for those that have a lot of Microsoft solutions in use.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs to be more secure. It's lacking, compared to, for example, Oracle.

The product needs to work on its scalability. Oracle can scale a bit more effectively.

Sometimes we have some performance issues. It's not like Oracle. Oracle is more powerful in terms of performance. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've just been dealing with the solution for a few months. It hasn't been too long just yet.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had some performance issues overall. It's something that's a pain point for us. They need to work on their capabilities in this regard.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution could be more scalable. Oracle scales better for companies that need to expand.

We have two to three customers that use the solution currently.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've used technical support in the past. They've been helpful and responsive. We haven't had any issues when we deal with them. We are quite satisfied so far with the level of service we receive when we reach out. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've also used Oracle in the past. From my side, Oracle is more technical and is more scalable, and more secure than the SQL server.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is quite straightforward. It's not overly difficult or complicated. I found it to be quite simple.

The deployment is rather quick. It took us about one hour, from what I can recall.

We just need one technical person to handle the implementation and maintenance processes. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Customers do have to pay to use the solution. They tend to pay on a yearly basis. 

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

I'd recommend the solution to other customers, users, and companies. It's a good option of r many. Sometimes the customer is Microsoft-oriented and sometimes they are Oracle-oriented. If the customer is already using a lot of Microsoft products, SQL just makes sense. 

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**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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