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"The solution is very stable. It was originally built under MySQL. It has a similar level of stability.""This solution is user-friendly.""The most valuable feature of MariaDB is the replication mode.""I would say that for most use cases it works fine.""The performance is very good.""MariaDB can solve things better than MySQL. Maria DB has better performance than MySQL.""From the user's perspective, the performance of the columnar queries is very good in terms of the database when comparing it to the Oracle, and MySQL.""What I like best about MariaDB is that it is open-source and reliable."

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"The most valuable feature is replication because we had several replicas of the SQL Server database in different geographical locations.""The availability is the most valuable feature. It has high availability. It also has good performance.""SQL is very easy to manage.""It helps with moving the design of the database into reality.""The feature that I have found most valuable is that it is easy to code.""Very good security features.""The features that we have found the most valuable are reliability, availability perspective, and current scalability.""The latest version supports for big data analytics. SQL Server's vector processing-based batch execution mode is now available to the entire execution of R or Python code. Since much of the work that tends to be done in R and Python involves aggregation, batch mode - which processes rows of data several at a time, can be very helpful."

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"The interface should be more user-friendly. It should be able to connect directly to the database and Interact with it without having to use commands. It needs better integration.""In the next release, I would like to see improvements in the scalability and redundancy features.""Maria DB has to improve from a management perspective.""It's not very stable. It needs improvement.""It would be helpful if I could specify multiple drives for the database storage.""I would like to see more compatibility going forward. This would help if there is a need to change databases.""The scaling for database online transactions needs improvement.""Master-master replication is something that needs to be simplified."

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"I would like to have more replication scenarios.""In terms of improvement, it could use more integration with other products.""Occasionally the performance, as good as it is, is a bit off. We sometimes experience memory spiking. If they could maybe fix that aspect of the solution, that would be quite helpful for our organization.""The product overall would benefit from the addition of better tutorials to help master the skills necessary to actually build a project database. Right now, what is available isn't sufficient.""In terms of what could be improved, everything on-premise is now moving to the cloud. Obviously SQL Server has also moved, because Microsoft Excel has its own cloud called Azure Finance. Every solution comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.""Query optimitzer could be simplified.""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.""CAL licenses should cost less. Microsoft usually prices high for client access licenses. Server plus user client access license (CAL) licensing requires a separate Server license for each server on which the software is installed, plus a user CAL for each user accessing the server."

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"The price of this solution represents a very good compromise between the cost and what it offers.""It's an open-source solution.""The licensing cost is approximately $4000.00 per year and the licensing is based on the software and the number of posts that you make.""I used the open-source version, which is available free of charge.""This is an open-source product, which can be used free of charge.""This is an open source solution with no licensing fees."

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"SQL Server is a cost-effective solution for a small database.""Pricing is reasonable for small organizations, but the scaling increases the price.""We didn't have any licensing costs for SQL Server.""We pay approximately $12,000 USD per month for both the server and the license.""The price could be cheaper.""Cost is a major derivative for any organization. It has a reasonable cost value, and its cloud support is also better than others. Comparatively, Oracle can do the same things or is even better in certain areas, but it is expensive. The cost along with the support are the plus factors for SQL Server.""We have had to purchase the Enterprise version to the tune of a few hundred thousand dollars, which is just ridiculous.""With recent releases, the Standard Edition (cheaper) SKU has some of the earlier version Enterprise features. SQL Express has some limitations."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.
Top Answer: This is an open source solution with no licensing fees.
Top Answer: It would be good to have tools for debugging procedures and functions.
Top Answer: I like that it's relatively stable.
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: It would be better if it had more integration with other systems.
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Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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MariaDB Server is the fastest growing open source database. With its open-source innovation and enterprise-grade reliability, MariaDB Server is a modern database trusted by everyone from highly regulated industries to cutting-edge web-scale companies. MariaDB Server is available through all leading Linux distributions, and is the default database in openSUSE, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / CentOS / Fedora, Arch Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Debian, reaching more than 60 million developers worldwide. As one of the most broadly adopted and widely deployed around the world, MariaDB Server receives contributions from companies like Alibaba, Facebook and Google — benefiting the entire community.

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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Google, Wikipedia, Tencent, Verizon, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Telefónica, Huatai Securities
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.
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm10%
Educational Organization10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider37%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Computer Software Company12%
Manufacturing Company8%
Transportation Company6%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm7%
Media Company5%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business42%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise72%
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MariaDB is ranked 7th in Relational Databases with 15 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 94 reviews. MariaDB is rated 8.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of MariaDB writes "Provides great database for systems monitoring data and performance stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "A stable, scalable, and easy-to-deploy solution that pretty much covers everything". MariaDB is most compared with PostgreSQL, Oracle Database, CockroachDB, Amazon Aurora and Firebird SQL, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database, Teradata and Amazon Aurora. See our MariaDB vs. SQL Server report.

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