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Find out what your peers are saying about MySQL vs. SQL Server and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"One of the best features is this solution is easy to use.""It is easy to use.""The solution is very stable.""I like the JSON stuff.""It is very easy to install and has all basic database features.""My main reason for using MySQL for this small customer database company and for some kinds of scientific projects was that I had to do the installation myself. I didn't have a database administration team behind me. Therefore, I was looking for something very easy to handle. MySQL is easy to install, connect, and do all such things.""I am totally satisfied with MySQL.""What I really like about MySQL is the opportunity to search for information and organize it any way I like."

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"We've found it to basically be pretty problem-free.""The documentation and manuals are very good.""The solution is very easy to use.""The solution is user-friendly, is a robust tool and is always reliable to users.""The most valuable feature is that it is easy to use and you don't have to do a lot of configuration.""Similar to Microsoft SQL, it is easy to scale.""SQL Server is quite stable. And now we are using the Lattice 2017 version.""It is a typical database solution, and it is working well so far. It is easy to use, and it is also very common and popular, which makes it easy to find a support partner."

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Cons
"There should be more tools to manage the on-premises version and more automation features.""When I run into issues, I really have to research how to fix them.""As an open-source product, there isn't really any technical support available if you get into trouble or have issues.""The replication needs improvement. It's becoming a native cloud product like Oracle DB or Cockroach DB.""Scalability could be improved.""From a user perspective, the initial setup could be simplified a bit.""It can have better monitoring. In addition, the enterprise manager should be able to cater to more than one virtual machine. Currently, you need one license per server. It seems a bit too much to get one license for one enterprise manager. I hope the enterprise manager for MySQL can accommodate more virtual machines for MySQL.""In terms of what I'd like to see in the next release, one thing that's always missing is dash boarding. There's no real BI tool for MySQL, like there is in Yellowfin and all the different tools that you get. They all have MySQL connectors, but there's no specific BI tool for MySQL. These open source projects have sprung up, but they're more general purpose."

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"Their datatypes need improvement.""Linux-based editions are not yet proven to be on par with Windows deployments.""I would like to see SQL Server add the ability to write to multiple sites or support replication between multiple sites at the transaction level.""Scalability of the database could be improved if it could handle increased volumes of data.""SQL Server could improve by enhancing the integration abilities, adding more inbuilt data security features, and simplifying the maintenance.""I would like to see more integration with other platforms.""The solution could improve by having better integration.""The treatment of database storage could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There is a license needed for this solution.""It's cheaper than other solutions.""MySQL is free.""I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge.""We are using the free community edition of MySQL.""It has a community version.""There is no cost involved, no licensing fees.""There is a licensing cost because we are going for a proprietary product. There are some other versions for which there is no licensing cost."

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"We are on an annual enterprise license for the solution and the cost of the license could be reduced.""We purchased our license and the pricing is fine for us.""It costs a lot.""The price could be cheaper.""I don't know the exact prices because my focus is essentially technical and not on the bills. A few years ago, they changed the billing policy for the Enterprise Edition, and it became less attractive. But I believe they are still cheaper than Oracle. SQL Server isn't cheap, but it's not expensive either.""It requires the purchase of a license.""The licensing involves a one time fee.""It's a bit expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The fact that it is free is what appeals to me the most.
Top Answer: The price of the licensing should be cheaper. We pay a yearly subscription fee.
Top Answer: Scalability could be improved.
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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Overview

Until its recent acquisition by Oracle, MySQL was possibly the most renowned open source database enterprise package that could be accessed completely for free. With the merger, the server increased both its features and its price tag, but there is still a free version available to the general community to contribute ideas and suggestions.

MySQL is a fast and relatively inexpensive database management system. It can easily integrate with a wide variety of programming languages, and it is considered to be a very reliable option. One of the most prominent features that customers seem to enjoy is the easy scalability of this system.

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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Facebook, Tumblr, Scholastic, MTV Networks, Wikipedia, Verizon Wireless, Sage Group, Glassfish Open Message Queue, and RightNow Technologies.
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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Computer Software Company21%
University10%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
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Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Computer Software Company12%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider5%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government5%
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Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise38%
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Midsize Enterprise20%
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Small Business17%
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Large Enterprise74%
Find out what your peers are saying about MySQL vs. SQL Server and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

MySQL is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 52 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 135 reviews. MySQL is rated 7.8, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of MySQL writes "Good beginner base but it should have better support for backups". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Veteran solution with critical log shipping feature". MySQL is most compared with Firebird SQL, Oracle Database, SAP HANA, IBM Db2 Database and SingleStore DB, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, LocalDB and IBM Db2 Database. See our MySQL vs. SQL Server report.

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