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"Unbeatable speed and compression with a colummn-structured relational database."

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"The most valuable features are ease of use and the integration with Single Sign On (SSO), as well as with other Microsoft products.""SQL Server is a stable product.""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 features that we have found the most valuable are reliability, availability perspective, and current scalability.""Very good security features.""The feature that I have found most valuable is that it is easy to code.""It helps with moving the design of the database into reality.""SQL is very easy to manage."

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"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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"The performance needs some improvement and it needs more features integrated into it.""The number of concurrent users is too limited and other databases are better than SQL in this regard.""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 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.""Query optimitzer could be simplified.""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.""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.""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."

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

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"Pricing is reasonable for small organizations, but the scaling increases the price.""SQL Server is a cost-effective solution for a small database.""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."

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Top Answer: The availability is the most valuable feature. It has high availability. It also has good performance.
Top Answer: In terms of improvement, it could use more integration with other products.
Top Answer: My primary use case is for data mining and processing data from plants. It's normally just for databases for the systems.
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Sybase IQMicrosoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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Overview

SAPĀ® 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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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.
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Financial Services Firm67%
Healthcare Company11%
Insurance Company11%
Marketing Services Firm11%
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Computer Software Company50%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government9%
Retailer6%
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Computer Software Company13%
Financial Services Firm10%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider7%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider10%
Media Company9%
Retailer6%
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SAP IQ is ranked 11th in Relational Databases with 1 review while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 16 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 "Stable with a straightforward setup and the capability to scale". 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, Teradata, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database and MariaDB.

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