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The self-management and optimization features are probably the best on the market
The solution is very stable, in both hardware and database.
The most valuable features of this solution are security and stability.
The scalability and availability of this solution are the most valuable features.
The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration with other IBM products.
Some of the most valuable features are the scaling from a small very cheap installation to a very large enterprise installation. In addition, the backups and assistance are good.
It has a good, stable performance.
Scales well enough for a relational database.
The most valuable feature is replication because we had several replicas of the SQL Server database in different geographical locations.
It is one of the most stable relational databases out there.
I have experience with this product for many years. I never have problems with it. It can handle a PC, and it can also handle huge data. It is fast and efficient.
This solution has proven stability and operational power.
Tuning Advisor suggests where to add indexes and from where to remove them. It works like an adviser.
SQL Server Profiler makes finding and debugging easy.
I use it to fine tune my procedures and functions.
Enables us to convert to bigger DBs and more easily move or upgrade between branches.
The ease of use, or ease of management, could be improved.
End-to-end encryption specifically is something the solution needs to have in the next release.
It would be helpful to have more querying tools and more development tools for us to work easily with Microsoft.
I would like to see better support for advanced analytics.
The initial set up was complex.
Do not use support. Freely available documentation is a bit weak.
Not very solid compared to its competitors' products.
Some of the internal rearrangement in the administration is not as straightforward as it is in competing products.
I would like to have more replication scenarios.
I would like to see native plugins built for other platforms versus having to buy third-party plugins to tap into S3 buckets and AWS Cloud. Right now, it does not have those built-in plugins.
It would be nice if there was a feature to search for a specific value across multiple tables. This would save a lot of time for its users.
Improvements to the indexing, columnstore indexing, and high availability groups are good improvements for future versions.
Third-party services from Redgate should be built-in to it, like SQL Search.
Debugging from the debugger tool functionality should be enhanced.
From a DB administrator perspective, I would like to see more space requirements and space capacity history, so that we are able to see which DBs are growing, and by how much per day or week.
An area for improvement would be the SQL Server process monitoring, which is quite basic and could sustain more information.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Licensing fees are on a yearly basis.
They are competitive and honest (compared to how peer firms approach licensing conversations).
Compared to Oracle, it is so much cheaper.
It is expensive, but you get what you pay for.
Since we are a cloud-based company, there is AWS pricing on top of the SQL Server pricing. The Enterprise Edition can typically sell from around $1000 dollars a month, which is not cheap. Then, there is an additional one-time Windows cost, based on the code, which can go anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 for the license.
The setup cost is high, but it will return every penny.
My advice is quite straightforward. If you know the number of users who really and truly need access to the Server then it is a no-brainer. If you do not know, then get the basic package and minimum licenses and start from there. Needless to say, users can develop/use data structures outside and then deploy onto the Server.
The price has been going higher and higher. The market is quite price sensitive.
This is a downside of enterprise Microsoft products.
Currently, almost all of my machines are in Azure and I think it is the best way of licensing now (VM+software).
We are a Microsoft shop, so we use Active Directory. That integrates well with this product, but we did look at Oracle. We also looked at IBM. This was the best price point for us for what we were getting.
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|DB2||Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL|
|DB2 Enterprise for Linux, UNIX, and Windows is the ideal data server for the most demanding workloads. New XML support is designed to help firms minimize the time and effort it takes to persist and use their XML data reducing development costs and improving business agility.|
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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