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"From a customer perspective, MariaDB is a good choice for cluster configuration. It's also easy to operate and cheap.""MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.""The solution's high availability is its most valuable aspect.""MariaDB can solve things better than MySQL. Maria DB has better performance than MySQL.""What I like best about MariaDB is that it is open-source and reliable.""The solution runs very quickly. It's not slow at all.""From the user's perspective, the performance of the columnar queries is very good in terms of the database when comparing it to the Oracle, and MySQL.""The most valuable feature is that it uses multiple cores, which is better than some of the other databases."

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"I have contacted technical support, and overall my experience with technical support was okay.""I have found that SQL Server works very well in the Microsoft Dynamics environment.""The SQL Server is low maintenance, it does not require advanced technical skills to maintain or use it as you might in other similar database solutions. You need some knowledge on how to access the solution and how to query it but it is fairly straightforward.""We have found the feature that allows us to publish web applications to be valuable.""We have found the solution valuable because we are able to easily create a query, shrink, backup, and make new tables.""SQL Server is widely used and it's simple. You cannot do without Microsoft if you want to manage IT for a business customer.""One of the things I most like about SQL Server is the log shipping piece. This is a great feature.""The initial setup was straightforward."

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"The stability could always continue to be improved upon.""It does not have tools for debugging procedures and functions.""Replication could be better, and it's not so simple. It would be better if they had a replication server. It would make things a lot easier. You need to have that replication server, but not in the same server farm. Then there will be a bit of latency between both because you should have one in one city and another one in a different city. That kind of solution should be more baked into every single database today. Mirroring the database in a live environment where any record written on the production server replicates instantly across the fiber on the other server wasn't easy. Many people don't even bother with that, and they just run one server.""It would be good if they can maybe improve the mass import in the database. Currently, for importing a large number of data, we create a CSV file and upload all the things in the system. The system does not activate them by default. We have to do this manually. This may be due to the version we are using, but this is something we would like to see improved.""It would be helpful if I could specify multiple drives for the database storage.""The license should be cheaper and closer to that offered by MySQL, Oracle and other products.""With respect to clustering and the master-slave configuration, sometimes the slave goes out of synch.""The scaling for database online transactions needs improvement."

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"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.""They have too many licensing options. They may want to simplify its licensing and bring it down to two, three, or four categories from ten to fifteen categories. Having so many different licensing options makes it difficult to decide which one to choose from. They can club things together. This is an area where they can make things easier for customers.""The performance could improve.""It would definitely be better if SQL Server were free.""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.""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.""SQL Server could improve by providing something similar to an interface or dashboard where a developer can do debugging, this would make a developer's work easier. Additionally, the optimization could be better. If there was an interface showing information needed for the optimization it would help because there can be some data loss making it difficult to optimize the SQL Server.""Performance could be better. But I don't know if it's a problem with my application or with my database."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing cost is approximately $4000.00 per year and the licensing is based on the software and the number of posts that you make."
  • "I used the open-source version, which is available free of charge."
  • "This is an open-source product, which can be used free of charge."
  • "This is an open source solution with no licensing fees."
  • "MariaDB is open-source and self-hosted."
  • "When it comes to MariaDB, it should have a more cost-effective license."
  • "We pay for a yearly license."
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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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    MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.
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    This is an open source solution with no licensing fees.
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    It would be good to have tools for debugging procedures and functions.
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    I have found SQL Server easy to use.
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    SQL Server could improve by having better usability or user guidance.
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    MariaDB Server is the fastest growing open source database. With its open-source innovation and enterprise-grade reliability, MariaDB Server is a modern database trusted by everyone from highly regulated industries to cutting-edge web-scale companies. MariaDB Server is available through all leading Linux distributions, and is the default database in openSUSE, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / CentOS / Fedora, Arch Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Debian, reaching more than 60 million developers worldwide. As one of the most broadly adopted and widely deployed around the world, MariaDB Server receives contributions from companies like Alibaba, Facebook and Google — benefiting the entire community.

    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
    Google, Wikipedia, Tencent, Verizon, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Telefónica, Huatai Securities
    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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    Manufacturing Company31%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider5%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    MariaDB is ranked 7th in Relational Databases with 16 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 143 reviews. MariaDB is rated 8.2, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of MariaDB writes "Provides great database for systems monitoring data and performance stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Veteran solution with critical log shipping feature". MariaDB is most compared with Oracle Database, PostgreSQL, Firebird SQL, Oracle Database In-Memory and CockroachDB, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, LocalDB, IBM Db2 Database and CockroachDB. See our MariaDB vs. SQL Server report.

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