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"The initial setup was simple."

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"Scalability, cluster ability, ease of use, ease of implementation — these are all great.""The backups are excellent.""Its speed and the ease of server management are valuable. If I compare Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL, what I like in Microsoft SQL Server is the speed. We are using Microsoft Management Studio for managing our Microsoft SQL Server, and the user interface that I get to work with is also better.""The most valuable feature is easy installation. It was very easy to install.""The solution is easy to set up.""The product has very good online documentation that can be used for troubleshooting.""The most valuable features are programmability and reliability.""SQL Server and their offers are very good. You can switch over, export, and do other things."

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"The solution needs to create a management tool. Right now, the solution has tools for creating a local installation, but it's too simplistic. We need something that's a bit more complex so that we can extend the tools with our scripts."

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"The scalability could be better.""Linux-based editions are not yet proven to be on par with Windows deployments.""SQL Server could improve by having better usability or user guidance.""Performance could be better. But I don't know if it's a problem with my application or with my database.""The integration could be better. They are not open-source, so the integration with other platforms is not that easy.""We want to move to Azure, and the solution could be made better to make the process easier for the migration from on-premise to the cloud.""The solution could be more secure.""Microsoft doesn't have active-active load balancing scenarios. It's always a failover cluster."

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  • "SQL Server is a cost-effective solution for a small database."
  • "Pricing is reasonable for small organizations, but the scaling increases the price."
  • "We didn't have any licensing costs for SQL Server."
  • "We pay approximately $12,000 USD per month for both the server and the license."
  • "The price could be cheaper."
  • "Cost is a major derivative for any organization. It has a reasonable cost value, and its cloud support is also better than others. Comparatively, Oracle can do the same things or is even better in certain areas, but it is expensive. The cost along with the support are the plus factors for SQL Server."
  • "We have had to purchase the Enterprise version to the tune of a few hundred thousand dollars, which is just ridiculous."
  • "With recent releases, the Standard Edition (cheaper) SKU has some of the earlier version Enterprise features. SQL Express has some limitations."
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    Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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    Overview
    LocalDB is a lightweight version of the SQL Server Express Database Engine that is targeted for program development. LocalDB starts on demand and runs in user mode, so there is no complex configuration.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    AstraZeneca, Kienzle Automotive GmbH, Kodak Alaris, Unilever, Floatel International and Kongsberg Maritime, MyHero
    Microsoft 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.
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    LocalDB is ranked 11th in Relational Databases with 1 review while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 143 reviews. LocalDB is rated 9.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of LocalDB writes "Good for the development process, generally stable, and easy to set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Veteran solution with critical log shipping feature". LocalDB is most compared with MySQL and MariaDB, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database, Teradata and MariaDB.

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