We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Unbeatable speed and compression with a colummn-structured relational database."
"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."
"The organization who owns the product does not support it well and appears not to be doing significant development for the future."
"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."
"The only costs after standard licensing fees are for add-ons and upgrades."
"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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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.
SAP IQ is ranked 12th in Relational Databases with 1 review while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 96 reviews. SAP IQ is rated 8.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. 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 "A stable, scalable, and easy-to-deploy solution that pretty much covers everything". SAP IQ is most compared with Apache Hadoop, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise, SAP HANA, Oracle Database and Oracle Exadata, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database, Teradata and LocalDB.
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