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Project Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Overall good functionality, scalable, and stable

What is our primary use case?

SQL Server is our main database solution. For example, we use it for our contact center software.

What is most valuable?

In Poland, SQL Server is the most popular database engine, and overall, our customers like it.

What needs improvement?

For small-scale businesses, Microsoft could improve by removing some limits in SQL Express. In the future, it would be a benefit to have web-based management capabilities.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Five years ago there were some stability issues but in the current version, the stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. …

What is our primary use case?

SQL Server is our main database solution. For example, we use it for our contact center software.

What is most valuable?

In Poland, SQL Server is the most popular database engine, and overall, our customers like it.

What needs improvement?

For small-scale businesses, Microsoft could improve by removing some limits in SQL Express.

In the future, it would be a benefit to have web-based management capabilities.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Five years ago there were some stability issues but in the current version, the stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We use the documentation provided online by Microsoft that has been helpful. We do not need to use technical support because we have many high-level technical staff who know how to use the solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For smaller companies, they find this solution expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I rate SQL Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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SK
Senior Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A user-friendly relational database management system

What is our primary use case?

Our server projects are mostly related to SQL Server, and we're using it. All our healthcare projects are using the SQL Server, and we're able to load millions of data without any issues.

What is most valuable?

It's more user-friendly than most databases. If we don't have to use the command mode, it's very easy.

What needs improvement?

The performance could be better. When we pump in millions of records, we start struggling, and that's why we want improvement in those areas.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for more than ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In the past, it wasn't stable compared to other products like Oracle Db2, but it has improved, and now it's stable. 

How was

What is our primary use case?

Our server projects are mostly related to SQL Server, and we're using it. All our healthcare projects are using the SQL Server, and we're able to load millions of data without any issues.

What is most valuable?

It's more user-friendly than most databases. If we don't have to use the command mode, it's very easy.

What needs improvement?

The performance could be better. When we pump in millions of records, we start struggling, and that's why we want improvement in those areas.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for more than ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In the past, it wasn't stable compared to other products like Oracle Db2, but it has improved, and now it's stable. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation is easy, and performance-wise it's okay now.

What about the implementation team?

SQL Server installation is easy, and we did it by ourselves.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product to new users.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Microsoft SQL Server an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Yasin Bin Wasim
Information Security Engineer at a security firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
User-friendly interface, stable, and easy to install

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is easy installation. It was very easy to install. The interface is very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more integration with other products and it needs to be more secure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for two months and I believe that we are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable solution. My installation requires SQL Servers, so I have to continue using them.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is easy installation. It was very easy to install.

The interface is very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more integration with other products and it needs to be more secure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for two months and I believe that we are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a scalable solution.

My installation requires SQL Servers, so I have to continue using them.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we did not use another product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The installation was easy.

It took two hours to deploy.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the implementation myself.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it.

I would rate SQL Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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MC
Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
The stability needs improvement but it is easy to scale

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as our database.

What needs improvement?

It could be more stable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Server is a stable solution, but it could be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Similar to Microsoft SQL, it is easy to scale. We have a team of 300 people who are using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I used MySQL.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the installation. We have an IT team to complete the installation.…

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as our database.

What needs improvement?

It could be more stable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Server is a stable solution, but it could be improved.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Similar to Microsoft SQL, it is easy to scale.

We have a team of 300 people who are using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I used MySQL.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the installation.

We have an IT team to complete the installation.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is no licensing cost for SQL Server.

What other advice do I have?

I am a user of this solution but I don't know that I understand it well enough to recommend it to others because I did not install it.

I would rate SQL Server a five out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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SA
Enterprise Solutions Department Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
A stable solution for storing and retrieving data

What is our primary use case?

We are a software development company. Most of our developers use SQL Server. We plan to continue using this solution in the future. We use SQL Server for relational database management. We have a variety of customers who use it in the government sector and in the tourism sector.

What needs improvement?

The time series database could be improved. There needs to be more storage space for large documents. The user interface and the reporting could also be improved. It's not bad, but it could be improved upon.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for 20 years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

SQL Server is both scalable and stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The…

What is our primary use case?

We are a software development company. Most of our developers use SQL Server. We plan to continue using this solution in the future.

We use SQL Server for relational database management.

We have a variety of customers who use it in the government sector and in the tourism sector.

What needs improvement?

The time series database could be improved. There needs to be more storage space for large documents.

The user interface and the reporting could also be improved. It's not bad, but it could be improved upon.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for 20 years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

SQL Server is both scalable and stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

Installation was very easy. We had it installed within one hour.

What about the implementation team?

One of our team members deployed it.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution to others.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give SQL Server a rating of eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Victor Sokolov
DWH Architect at B2BSoft
Real User
Stable, scalable, and good integration services

What is most valuable?

The columnstore index feature is useful for us, and we also use the integration services. It is also very stable.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have a common storage option in the SQL Server. This option is available in Oracle Database. It would be great if Microsoft could create something like a columnstore that has not only indexing but also tables for common storage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

If we talk about just standard RDBMS, it is very scalable because we don't have to scale platforms.

How are customer service and technical support?

All…

What is most valuable?

The columnstore index feature is useful for us, and we also use the integration services. It is also very stable.

What needs improvement?

We would like to have a common storage option in the SQL Server. This option is available in Oracle Database. It would be great if Microsoft could create something like a columnstore that has not only indexing but also tables for common storage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

If we talk about just standard RDBMS, it is very scalable because we don't have to scale platforms.

How are customer service and technical support?

All communication with Microsoft technical support is done by our internal support group. I'm not communicating with them directly. I guess their technical support is okay and fast.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend SQL Server as a solution for a medium enterprise or a small business.

I would rate SQL Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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JP
Chief Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable, simple installation, but scalability could improve

What is our primary use case?

The main use of this solution is to control and manage data storage information.

What needs improvement?

I would like the SQL Server to be able to provide cloud support. We use the solution with a Korean provider supporting only MySQL rather than Microsoft SQL Server, which would be preferable and cheaper. This would prevent us from having to pay for troubleshooting and hosting the server.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I find the solution not to be scalable.  There are approximately six people in our company using SQL Server.

How are

What is our primary use case?

The main use of this solution is to control and manage data storage information.

What needs improvement?

I would like the SQL Server to be able to provide cloud support. We use the solution with a Korean provider supporting only MySQL rather than Microsoft SQL Server, which would be preferable and cheaper. This would prevent us from having to pay for troubleshooting and hosting the server.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I find the solution not to be scalable. 

There are approximately six people in our company using SQL Server.

How are customer service and support?

I have not needed to contact technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. 

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation of the solution myself, it does not require any consultants or integrators.

What other advice do I have?

I rate SQL Server a six out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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EK
Sr Lead Data & Information Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Simple to set up, simple to use, stable, and scalable

What is most valuable?

I like that it's a cloud solution, is simple to set up, and is simple to use. We are also totally satisfied with the stability and scalability of SQL Server.

What needs improvement?

It would definitely be better if SQL Server were free. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Server for two years. It's a cloud-based solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable, and we have had no issues so far.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and is comparable to that of PostgreSQL.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay per second of usage, but there…

What is most valuable?

I like that it's a cloud solution, is simple to set up, and is simple to use.

We are also totally satisfied with the stability and scalability of SQL Server.

What needs improvement?

It would definitely be better if SQL Server were free. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Server for two years.

It's a cloud-based solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable, and we have had no issues so far.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and is comparable to that of PostgreSQL.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay per second of usage, but there are different offerings of the license.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Oracle and PostgreSQL.

What other advice do I have?

For people who would like to use SQL Server for specific use-cases, I would definitely recommend it.

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this solution at eight.

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