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"The solution is hands-off; you set it up insert your data and it self tunes queries."

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"The replication feature, user interface, reporting services, and notification services are really good. They are providing SQL profiler and SQLCMD as their integrated software, so we don't find it difficult to integrate any of our third-party applications with MS SQL because all of them support MS SQL very clearly.""It's easy to use and fairly intuitive. I do development and data analysis, so we do a lot of work with SSIS and SQL Job Scheduler. Deploying new databases is very simple with things like BACPAC.""From a security perspective, we have no complaints.""Similar to Microsoft SQL, it is easy to scale.""The solution has the capability to scale.""I haven't really experienced any issues that required the assistance of technical support.""The performance of SQL Server is perfect.""It is a pretty good solution. The on-premise version 2019 has many features, and they had introduced a really good and stable environment in version 2019. It has very good integration with big data clusters and other things. It covers pretty much everything that you can do with a SQL server. You can use any language to connect to it, which is not there in other solutions. They have also introduced Python, and it also has ArcScale. PaaS is a modern, scalable database. You can use Power Automate and a lot of features in this. It is very easy, and you don't have to worry about versions and upgrades. Microsoft keeps on adding new features to this solution. Microsoft is improving its connectivity on an ongoing basis. It connects well with Office 365. If you see something not working, in a couple of weeks, it is going to work because there is a team working on it. You can vote for the things that are missing, and Microsoft can work on them depending on the product that they're launching."

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"Lacks a cloud-based platform."

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"I am fine with the pricing, but pricing is an area that can always be improved.""Its ability to handle certain kinds of large data could be improved.""Better integration with other platforms would be an improvement.""There are a lot of improvements in the cloud space about which we open a case with Microsoft every now and then. These improvements are not in terms of features or functionality. They are more related to their own compatibility or connectivity on which they keep on working to improve the product.""We experience latency at times when there is a lot of data being processed.""I would like to see the performance improved. Migrating should be easier and the scalability needs improvement.""The scalability and the high availability feature can be expanded or improved. Currently, there is a limitation on scalability. A feature similar to the Oracle Diagnostic feature can be included to provide a better user experience.""Scalability of the database could be improved if it could handle increased volumes of data."

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"The licenses are really expensive. Their licensing model should be more simplistic.""This solution is available at a much lower price point than Oracle.""We pay approximately $12,000 USD per month for both the server and the license.""We have an enterprise license, which we consider to be fine.""We're looking at alternative solutions because we think Microsoft's licensing costs have been expensive.""There is a license required for this solution. One of the problems is for smaller businesses to purchases a license because it is expensive for a lot of them to afford.""Some of our clients purchase the license and others do not, they use Express SQL Server.""There is an annual license and it is priced reasonably."

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Top Answer: The solution is hands-off; you set it up insert your data and it self tunes queries.
Top Answer: I'd like to see this solution as a full, cloud-based platform, where there's no hardware at all to worry about, virtual or otherwise. The price is quite expensive relative to other similar solutions… more »
Top Answer: Our primary use case of this product is as a data warehouse. I'm a data architect and we are customers of Exasol.
Top Answer: The most valuable feature would most likely be querying. We query a lot, we use a lot of stored procedures. As for other features, such as replication and all other more fancy features we don't use… more »
Top Answer: The pricing is pretty decent. It's less expensive than Oracle. While the solution started out really reasonable, it's gotten a little bit more pricey, as Microsoft keeps changing how they want to… more »
Top Answer: If SQL Server could perhaps run on Linux, that would be good. Most of us prefer Linux and I've used a lot of Linux. I understand that SQL Server is quite powerful, but I'm not sure if the… more »
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SQL Server is the Microsoft-driven relational database management system. This system is used to store data as well as retrieve it when necessary; these functions can be supported by individual users or by multiple users within a larger network. The Microsoft SQL Server has warehousing options, quality and integration services, management tools that are simple to implement, as well as robust tools for development.

Looking at the more technical end of things, Microsoft SQL Server uses query languages such as T-SQL and ANSI SQL. Disaster recovery is one of the product's most prominent features, in addition to in-memory performance, scalability, and corporate business intelligence capabilities.

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Microsoft SQL Server is used by businesses in every industry, including Great Western Bank, Aviva, the Volvo Car Corporation, BMW, Samsung, Principality Building Society, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
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Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company22%
Media Company6%
Financial Services Firm19%
Computer Software Company12%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider5%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise36%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise9%
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Exasol is ranked 17th in Relational Databases with 1 review while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 132 reviews. Exasol is rated 8.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Exasol writes "A great tool and platform; self-tunes queries and works efficiently". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Veteran solution with critical log shipping feature". Exasol is most compared with Oracle Database In-Memory, SAP HANA, Teradata, Vertica and SingleStore DB, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database, LocalDB and Teradata.

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