SQL Server vs Teradata

SQL Server is ranked 4th in Relational Databases with 23 reviews vs Teradata which is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 13 reviews. The top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Just like a Windows PC needs basic defragmentation maintenance to run effectively, SQL Server needs its own regular maintenance". The top reviewer of Teradata writes "It is the core of our fundamental real-time reporting and operational planning. ". SQL Server is most compared with Teradata, SAP IQ and Oracle Database. Teradata is most compared with Oracle Exadata, Vertica and SQL Server. See our SQL Server vs Teradata report.
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Pros
You could have an offsite and an onsite, and if the onsite goes down, the offsite picks it up. I like that flexibility to provide continuing operations.It is a simple query language. It is consistent across all versions. If you start with an older version, move to the newer version. The same code will still work.It can go easily on a virtual machine and be accommodated by a virtual machine easily. That is a plus, as not all databases can handle that.It will do clustering, so you can have two database servers looking at the same data simultaneously.There was an online system in which we had about 2500 requests to the DB per second. Every request had a completion window of one second to process and retrieve data. After switching to SQL Server, and AlwaysOn, and Snapshot, and tinkering, and configuring and tinkering, the handling capacity we measured increased to about 5000 requests per second, while the time decreased to 0.5 seconds per request.

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The key advantages are Performance when processing Terabytes of data and scalability.Improved performance of ETL procedures, reporting.We did performance testing. We had a set of real life MicroStrategy reports. Our conditions were: Not allowed to redesign data model, not allowed to rewrite the queries, all queries should be generated by MicroStrategy, no aggregates. Teradata appeared to be way faster than a similarly configured (in terms of hardware) Oracle server.

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Cons
It pesters you to update the Client every month when there is nothing new that you really need to add, but it is constantly pestering you. I do not care for it.Only one CPU core can be used. Can’t move a database between servers easily. Can’t use triggers.As a software developer, it can be hard to do something in Oracle that is SQL Server specific, and vice-versa, sometimes.One stability issue I encountered was the deadlocking between calls to the same resources (tables, etc.). That was solved by row versioning.

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The following could be better: licensing, architecture openness, integration with other tools.GUI of administrative tools is really outdated.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
​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.​​It has the easiest licensing.The free version is cumbersome to use and maintain. But $5000 for a licence is more expense than the benefit I would get from a licensed version. A licence might be worth the price to simplify management and speed up searches.

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Teradata is expensive but gives value for money, especially if you don't want to move your data to the cloud.It is still a very expensive solution. While I very much like the pure technological supremacy of the software itself, I believe Teradata as a company needs to become more affordable. They are already losing the market to more flexible or cheaper competitors.

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Also Known AsMicrosoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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Overview

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.

Teradata's portfolio of big data analytic solutions, integrated marketing applications, and services help organizations gain a sustainable competitive advantage with data.

Sample Customers
Sample CustomersMicrosoft 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.Netflix
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