Compare SAP IQ vs. SQL Server

SAP IQ is ranked 10th in Relational Databases with 2 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 18 reviews. SAP IQ is rated 7.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of SAP IQ writes "An excellent column-based, enterprise relational database solution with good speed and compression". 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". SAP IQ is most compared with SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise, Apache Hadoop and SAP HANA, whereas SQL Server is most compared with Oracle Database, SAP HANA and Teradata. See our SAP IQ vs. SQL Server report.
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Pros
Unbeatable speed and compression with a colummn-structured relational database.

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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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Cons
The organization who owns the product does not support it well and appears not to be doing significant development for the future.

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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
The only costs after standard licensing fees are for add-ons and upgrades.

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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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Also Known As
Sybase IQMicrosoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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Overview

SAP® IQ software delivers speed and power for extreme-scale enterprise data warehousing and analytics. Its column-oriented, grid-based massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture and patented data compression and indexing technologies enable companies to exploit the value of huge amounts of data at the speed of business.

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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Sample Customers
ASR Group, Citrix, State of Indiana, PocketCard Co. Ltd.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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Financial Services Firm67%
Insurance Company11%
Healthcare Company11%
Marketing Services Firm11%
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Software R&D Company9%
Retailer9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Logistics Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company22%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm10%
Insurance Company6%
Find out what your peers are saying about SAP IQ vs. SQL Server and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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