SQL Server Previous Solutions

Scott Albritton
Applications Business Intelligence Analyst at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
My team and I have tried many different technologies including MySQL (cheap but effective), Oracle (expensive and effective), PostgreSQL, and DB2. I never jumped on the PostgreSQL or DB2 train, but could not give you a specific reason why due to my limited knowledge of the products. It usually came down to lack of knowledge for available programmers in our area, meaning we would have to train new hires and take a lot of time getting them familiar with a new database structure. That defaulted us to either Oracle or SQL Server since MySQL was not used in production at the time due to limitations surrounding support. Oracle owns MySQL these days and they, of course, would prefer you run full fledged Oracle database for support needs. Oracle’s supremely expensive licensing has normally pushed me and coworkers to Microsoft SQL Server although every organization I have worked with pays for some form of Oracle even though SQL Server is primarily touching end users. I personally feel Oracle is a great database but also think Microsoft SQL Server can be configured to run just as well as Oracle in most cases. The problem I normally find is that many bloated applications run SQL Server where more streamlined (and many times less functional) applications run Oracle. For that reason primarily, Oracle has had a better reputation in the pre-Amazon world. This could all change in the years to come as Microsoft starts to fight Amazon and Google in cloud processing. View full review »
Gaston Nusimovich
Software Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
I have always used DW tools from Microsoft since SQL Server 2000. View full review »
Senior Developer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Yes, in the past I have worked with different versions of SQL server and have switched due to upgrades to utilise the latest version. I have also used Oracle, Tableau, SAP, and Jaspersoft. The main reason I went for SQL Server is because it felt easier and more adaptive. Also, most of the products we use within the organisation are Microsoft-based, so that provided an extra advantage over the rest. View full review »
CEO/CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I typically use whatever database platform my client uses. However, whenever I am provided with the option to choose, I will always go with SQL Server. View full review »
Aju Mathai
Database Architect at Huron Consulting
Our company has probably been using this solution since it was released. View full review »
Sr. Database and Application Administrator with 10,001+ employees
We previously used MySQL, because it is a free product. It was just hard to operate, do backups, and make automated. Also, it was not scalable. View full review »
Leonardo de Andrade
Brazil IT Coordinator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I am still using other commercial solutions, but the price of this database is much less expensive than others. It is about four times less expensive. View full review »
Systems Analyst/DBA at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
I did not use a previous solution. I have heard of other companies using Microsoft Access or Excel for similar problems. However, after hearing the headaches they have, I would not recommend those for large scale projects. View full review »
BI Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We used a combination of RDBMS platforms and we still do in addition to this solution. View full review »
IT Director at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
In the earlier versions, we used log shipping to the other servers for the failover and replication requirements. With this version, all the servers are Active/Active and there is no issue related to the availability or failover. View full review »
Managing Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
We used PostgreSQL, and we also used some other OLAP servers. View full review »
Lead Software Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Yes I did use another solution previously. The switch was mainly for the performance. Secondly, it was for the technology compatibility. View full review »
CEO and Founder at a tech services company
No, I have been using SQL Server for the past 20 years. View full review »
Lei Liu
DBA,data architectuire at a tech services company
I have no choice. our customer choose MS SQL View full review »
Technical lead/Senior embedded software engineer at a wireless company with 51-200 employees
I have experience with Sybase SQL Anywhere . I switched mainly because the SQL Server is widely deployed and known, for better XML support, and for better integration with .NET framework and its related technologies. View full review »
Paul Nockolds
Data Analyst at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Used MS Access, but data ports became too large for it to support, so we needed a product to take us to the next level as our data ports grew. View full review »
Birsen Tunç Yazar
Business Intelligence and Decision Support Team Leader at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
No. We’ve been using SQL Server for 17 years. View full review »
Rahul Kumar Singh
Software Developer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
I have been using SQL Server from the start. View full review »
Chief of Engineering at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Postgre has a weird syntax and it is slower than MS SQL. The command line interpeter makes it complex to learn. View full review »
IT Consultant & IT Project Manager Assistant with 10,001+ employees
We were using a few other solutions such as MySQL, Oracle and Pervasive PSQL. View full review »
DBA de Desenvolvimento at a tech services company
I have used Oracle and I also use IBM DB2. All of them have pros and cons. View full review »
T Macul
Pre-Sales/System Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oracle, some times i used others solutions, but working by compatibility. View full review »
Programmer Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Ahmad Yaseen
Corporate Data and BI Lead - Database Administrator at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees

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