SQL Server Valuable Features

Senior Developer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Without any doubt the Integration Services and Analysis Services are the most widely used. These are the basis for data quality, data gathering, ETL process, as well as collation for the data warehouse, Cube-generation, and ad-hoc processes. The ease in which you may mold a process flow or even modularly add in new structures is something which is much needed in my job. View full review »
Недашковский Евгений
Senior SQL DBA at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Always On is my favorite feature. I do like availability groups and cannot imagine how I lived with them before. Microsoft tries to release new features with every version, but I cannot say that they are killer features. Usually these are just "nice to have" stuff. However, SQL Server works and it works just fine. It is really reliable if you don't shoot your own leg. All the basic functionality is 100% bulletproof. View full review »
Aju Mathai
Database Architect at Huron Consulting
* Performance-wise, it is an excellent tool. * It is a Microsoft product, so there's a lot of support. * It's not a new tool; it has been around for a while. * It is one of the top five relational databases in the market. * It is very user-friendly. * There are a lot of resources available for it. View full review »
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Sr. Database and Application Administrator with 10,001+ employees
* Ease of installation. * Ease of creating your databases. * Ease of changing what your databases look like when you need to. * Creating tables is simple. * They have lots of different options that you can use for the fields within the tables. 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 also will do clustering, so you can have two database servers looking at the same data simultaneously. You can always access the data. 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. View full review »
Systems Analyst/DBA at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Everything is valuable. It is a relational database system which is critical for storing reporting data or any data that is highly relate-able. Plus your data is one of the most important assets in your company. Might as well have a good system to protect it. View full review »
Managing Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Analysis Services, because we are an independent software vendor in the business-intelligence area. View full review »
Lead Software Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The AlwaysOn high-availability feature is the most valuable feature of SQL Server to us. This is because of the relative ease of the configuration, rather than configuring for OLTP-OLAP distinction. View full review »
Lei Liu
DBA,data architectuire at a tech services company
table partition options, that is very useful to separate unnecessary cost. For legacy data, we can do partition swith out and store into flat files or old tables. When it necessary, we can switch in back. View full review »
Royden Akerley
Enterprise Programmes Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Traditional DB toolkit closely integrated into Microsoft Office. This makes it truly easy to deploy in a light non-business critical environment. View full review »
Rahul Kumar Singh
Software Developer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
* SQL Server Profiler: Know exactly which procedures and functions are being called and how much read and write they are taking. * Tuning Advisor: It suggests where to add indexes and from where to remove them. It works like an adviser. * Storage capability * Debugger: The debugger tool can execute code step-by-step. View full review »
Daniel Du Toit
Systems Analyst Developer with 1-10 employees
It is widely used and we never have problems with it. It can handle a PC, and it can also handle huge data. It is fast and efficient. It is something unique that tracks reporting of records, personnel, finances and more. It also integrates well with everything, not just Microsoft tools. View full review »
Chief of Engineering at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
IT Technician / Support Supervisor at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Ability to convert to bigger DBs. It makes it easier to move or upgrade between branches. View full review »
Programmer Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Creating and executing SQL queries, transactions, ACID properties * Creating and implementing stored procedures. View full review »
Pierre Marçon
User at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
SSAS is the most interesting feature to organize the data and let the users play with it. SSIS is also very powerful, but not always user-friendly. It requires you to build a solution around SSIS. View full review »
Paul Fijma
Engineer / MS SQL DBA with 201-500 employees
The additional tools, like SSIS and reporting services, make this solution useful. View full review »
Member of the Board & Co-Founder, Executive Manager at Networld Systems
The most valuable feature is replication because we had several replicas of the SQL Server database in different geographical locations. View full review »
Cloud DBA
* SSMS * SSIS * Reporting services * FCI clustering * AlwaysOn * Basic availability groups. View full review »
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