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Microsoft SQL Server

Relational database management system for data analytics

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Microsoft SQL Server Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Microsoft SQL Server product overview

Price starts from

$

931

Per User

What is Microsoft SQL Server?

SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDMS) designed to help businesses of all sizes analyze structured or unstructured data across various data environments including Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, MySQL, and more. It enables administrators to track the performance of databases, monitor data lakes, and handle data warehousing operations on a unified platform.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

24/7 (Live rep)
Chat
Email/Help Desk
FAQs/Forum
Knowledge Base
Phone Support

Training options

In Person
Documentation
Webinars
Videos

Microsoft SQL Server pricing information

Value for money

4.3

/5

1.5K

Price starts from

$

931

Per User

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Value for money contenders

Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft SQL Server features

Functionality

4.6

/5

1.5K
Total Features32 3 categories

Most valued features by users

API
Reporting/Analytics
Reporting & Statistics
Data Import/Export
Dashboard
Data Visualization
Compliance Management
Collaboration Tools

Functionality contenders

Microsoft SQL Server
Functionality
#1
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Functionality
#2
Caspio
Functionality
#3
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Functionality
#4

Microsoft SQL Server users reviews

Overall rating

4.6

/5

1.5K

Positive reviews

97%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.7/10
Rating distribution

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4

3

2

1

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535

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3

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Pros
High availability is one of the best features and also option to meet the HA is great, and easy of deployment.

OZ

Omar Z.

Very good sql server, great database building software, easy and agile to move, you don't need a lot of experience to connect a bank with just a few researches and it is already very helpful.

Joelington S.

I like that it's really stable and it doesn't consume a lot of resources. It's easy to use, highly customizable, and the performance is great.

DR

David R.

Cons
For example if you miss a comma while listing out the fields you are querying for you can get a strange error rather than a syntax error.

RR

Robert R.

I consider that the negative of this software is, failing that, its Achilles heel: they are the updates from old to new versions, since they cause a lot of conflict and sometimes cannot be done.

jv

juan v.

What I don't like most about this is that the error messages can be lacking sometimes leaving you puzzled as to what actually occurred.

RR

Robert R.

Overall rating contenders

Microsoft SQL Server
Overall rating
#1
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Overall rating
#2
Caspio
Overall rating
#3
kintone
Overall rating
#4
Overall Rating

Top choose for relational database

Reviewed a month ago

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Altaf A.: My name is Altaf. I'm an Integration Architect. I give Microsoft SQL Server four out of five...

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Reviewed 3 months ago

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Andrea O.: Hi, my name is Andrea. I am a product support analyst, and I give Microsoft SQL Server a four...

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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SQL Server

Reviewed 4 months ago

Overall experience is just amazing. I have been using it for almost 2 years and it helped my organization a lot during release upgrade and it made database migrations so smooth.

Pros

Microsoft SQL is quite simple to install and configurations are also easy. As it is a relational database management system, it is a perfect tool for data analysts. As it enable users to filter and extract required data in a few seconds. The product comes with a lot of features like Query analyzer, Integration services, Job scheduler and Reporting services as well. Restoration and backup of multiple databases is a great advantage and I found this feature very useful because it helps a lot in restoring databases in case of any disaster. Also, one can easily schedule tasks in job tools section which is also a very helpful feature of this tool.

Cons

Well, it occupies more data storage in order to install database engine as compared to other SQL databases. Also, support is pretty much expensive and requires a lot of maintenance. It consumes too much resources to load and start.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Best database management tool for relational databases

Reviewed 2 months ago

I would recommend it to all low-scale and small organizations that are already using MS Office products or subscriptions. Its interface is similar to learn and use like other Microsoft software. Enterprise and large corporates can look into Oracle services if they require specific Oracle-made enterprise functions and features to handle very complex data.

Pros

First and foremost, it has all the features and functionality from the basics to advanced users for relational database management. Can be integrated well with other Microsft software especially Visual Studio code for a smooth development experience. Along with data storage management, professional performance analysis can be performed through GUI server management studio tools like Database Tuning Advisor. Data Analysts will find data extraction and filtration as well as visual & interactive report generation quite beneficial in their routine tasks. Backup and restore from one SQL server to another is fairly simple. Pricing is very reasonable according to the DBMS system and tools that are provided.

Cons

One of the main issues is that licensing price packages are difficult to choose due to confing choices for common users. One other limitation is that a backup made in a newer version of MS SQL server is not compatible with an older version of SQL Server. For large volumes of data records and for complex data it becomes slower to process queries. Taking backup of a very large number of records also takes time. Sometimes difficult to debug syntax errors.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The Feature Rich, Performance Wise Optimal RDMS

Reviewed 16 days ago

We have used sql server in many implementations and it is an easy to use RDMS with rich features to act as relational backend. It has security features and performance advantages along with ease to implement the queries.

Pros

Ease of Use Excellent tools to interact The complete toolset Has significantly evolved over time

Cons

Performance wise still for very huge data sets the alternative options are much better but since the performance requirements are not that extreme the RDMS is still an excellent choice

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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SQL Server as a primary tool for developers

Reviewed 4 months ago

I have been using SQL server since the first periods of college in my programming classes, as a storage of information I have been taught its practical use both personally and for program development in companies. I find it a very useful and versatile tool, it is used with ease as long as the developer has studied enough information about sql server because a novice and a pro can delete by mistake a whole database, you have to be careful because there are no request messages to deny the deletion. To use the tool I recommend to practice a lot and to comment the coding.

Pros

What I liked about the tool is the practical use it has, it can be used by novices in an easy way, as long as someone teaches them the basics, it is very useful on a daily basis due to the management of databases and their respective migration to other platforms. The management of the information becomes useful, it is versatile to changes before, during and after the development of the project.

Cons

What I liked least is the interface and the work area because when moving a part of that interface it is not very intuitive to place it to the default place, I have had problems with that and also that for processes of adding data I find the work space very small.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The Only Enterprise Level DBMS I Use

Reviewed 3 months ago

We build enterprise level SAAS, Desktop, Web and Mobile applications and API's. I've been SQL Server for over a decade mainly as a DB Developer but at times as an administrator as well.

Pros

A mature DBMS with no limits. Anything we or our customers wanted has always been possible with SQL Server. First class security, speed, and connection capabilities have enabled us to create world class applications for desktop, mobile, and web. The SQL Server community is huge which is critical for those new or rarely used features. I've been working in SQL Server for over a decade and still haven't touched many of the features available. Having a robust community makes learning any new feature quick and easy!

Cons

It's not a SQL Server thing per se... but Microsoft's support in general is weak at best. I've never really had a good experience using Microsoft support as it is slow and cumbersome and many times the reps don't communicate well. The huge community is what really what makes all Microsoft products manageable as most anything you want to learn or figure out is a quick browser search away.

Microsoft SQL Server FAQs and common questions

Microsoft SQL Server has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $931.00
Pricing model: Free, One Time License, Open Source
Free Trial: Available


Microsoft SQL Server has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


Microsoft SQL Server supports the following languages:
English


Yes, Microsoft SQL Server has an API available for use.


Microsoft SQL Server integrates with the following applications:
Microsoft Azure, MySQL


Microsoft SQL Server offers the following support options:
24/7 (Live rep), Chat, Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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