Compare MySQL vs. SQL Server

MySQL is ranked 4th in Relational Databases with 14 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 18 reviews. MySQL is rated 8.2, while SQL Server is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of MySQL writes "Offers a simple DBMS solution with a very low hardware footprint. Only one of the engines supports ACID transaction control". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Gives me the ability to mold a process flow or modularly add in new structures". MySQL is most compared with CockroachDB, Firebird SQL and IBM Db2, whereas SQL Server is most compared with Oracle Database, SAP HANA and Teradata. See our MySQL vs. SQL Server report.
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Pros
It creates a unified view of the entire architecture and performance factor, helping to manage the network more easily.It has a remote access feature to manage the database from a remote location. This enables in-work collaboration.I use MySQL for employee service in an OLTP database.Support for enterprise-grade features like clustering, master-slave replication, even Sharding (to some extent) which is an advanced feature.​The most valuable feature of MySQL is the informative error outputs of command line interface.​​We use MySQL for enterprise data storage as well as part of the back-end of websites and web applications.​Setup is easy. MySQL of various flavours has community editions to easily test, deploy, and run.​A lot of the software components have been trialed and tested for often more than 10 years.

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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.

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The only service which could be improved is its usability. The entire user experience needs to be revamped to meet the 2018 design standards.When working with a cluster wide, I have to use the MySQL cluster version.I feel that some tools which make it easier to create queries or make it easier for other functions would be really interesting to see.Some problems with big table operations, and a struggle to keep the servers responding in peak situations.It would be helpful if there were a graphical user interface to administer, configure, and tune it.If it had something similar to Microsoft’s DTS engine then it would be the best database system out there.​MySQL needs improvements on its diagnostic features.​​MySQL is not easily scalable on cost effective consumer grade hardware.​

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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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Can range from free to quite expensive, depending on the environments and requirements, so better to really set goals ahead of setting it up.MySQL Enterprise Support is not cheap, though might still be cheaper than Oracle or SQL Server. They may not have local support depending on where you’re based, but there are many smaller agencies out there that will readily provide support. You’ll need to spend some time looking around.​Enterprise editions and support are definitely needed for the heavy users who need direct support. ​When you know the setup will continue to grow, make sure you have the paid support.

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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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Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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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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Find out what your peers are saying about MySQL vs. SQL Server and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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