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"The solution is great for small applications in particular.""MySQL's clustering features are very strong, and you can automate scripting, so that helps. We wrote a Terraform script and ran it.""For sure, the solution is very stable.""The most valuable features are that it's free and the documentation is good.""MySQL is a light database. It's not very complex. It's easy to develop, easy to maintain, and easy to back up and restore.""The feature that I have found most valuable is its ubiquity. MySQL is everywhere, so if I need to find a developer to do things to it that I don't know, it's very easy to find someone who has expertise in it.""The solution is easy to use.""MySQL is a popular database platform for businesses because it is extremely easy to use."

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"The solution is configurable.""The management studio is probably the thing we use the most for running quick queries and creating quick reports. Quite often, somebody comes and says, "Hey, can you find XYZ?" It is so much easier just to jump in there and run a quick query.""We have found the solution to be scalable.""SQL Server is quite user-friendly. I have experience with Oracle and PostgreSQL, so out of three, I like SQL Server a lot.""What I like most is the management, as it is very easy compared with other products.""Very good security features.""SQL is very easy to manage.""Similar to Microsoft SQL, it is easy to scale."

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Cons
"It should provide better customer experiences.""We require more ease of use, scalability, and high availability. These are some of the critical features that we use and look for in a product. It should be easier to manage clusters. Scalability is very important for us because our projects and concurrency requirements are quite big. We also require high availability of the server, application, and other things. It should also have more performance-based features or enhancements from the performance point of view. When we divide a database, it should be able to handle the queries very fast.""If the customer is already using or has already used Oracle for a long time they will know the look and feel and the character of this database that can fit into their business.""The replication needs improvement. It's becoming a native cloud product like Oracle DB or Cockroach DB.""The manuals or documentation could be better.""Its performance should be better. When we use big data, it is slow in performance. We should be able to use mirroring for improved performance.""The licensing of the solution is on the expensive side.""Oracle should start putting in some of the enterprise features in the standard feature. There are some key features that should be part of the standard."

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"I am fine with the pricing, but pricing is an area that can always be improved.""They do not offer the SQL Server Management tool via the installation. It is a separate tool I use when I'm trying to configure the mirroring with SQL Server Mirroring. This is not supported and I'm getting some errors on the database mirroring.""The performance could be better.""I would like to see improvements made to the stability of SQL Server, as well as more analytics requirements.""The interface could be updated to make it slightly more user-friendly.""I want to see one improvement and this involves the replication between the DC and DR.""The agility of the non-SQL-based features is relevant on the market.""In terms of exceptionally large databases, it doesn't scale as well as Oracle."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge."
  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge."
  • "Microsoft licensing for SQL Server is probably ten times more expensive. I used to work for the government, and I remember when we were looking into upgrading to the enterprise version of SQL Server 2019, the licensing was going to cost 350,000. To get the equivalent in the cloud, it was going to be about four grand to get the same processing power and everything else. With MySQL, it was going to be about 300 for the same licensing. Cost-wise, for sure, there is a huge difference. Would you prefer to pay 300 a month or 3,000 to have the same amount of data resources? You might lose a few options that you need, but it isn't worth the price difference."
  • "This product has a good price point."
  • "There is a licensing cost because we are going for a proprietary product. There are some other versions for which there is no licensing cost."
  • "It has a community version."
  • "It is open-source."
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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    MySQL has cross-platform support for multiple operating systems. The backups on a Linux machine can be restored on a Windows machine, and vice versa.
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    MySQL is free open-source software. This is the most valuable aspect for any company.
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    Improvements are required in character set support, scalability, and big data sets. There is a lack of advanced features such as SQLServer, PostgreSQL, etc. I would like to see minimum reporting… more »
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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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    Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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    Overview

    Until its recent acquisition by Oracle, MySQL was possibly the most renowned open source database enterprise package that could be accessed completely for free. With the merger, the server increased both its features and its price tag, but there is still a free version available to the general community to contribute ideas and suggestions.

    MySQL is a fast and relatively inexpensive database management system. It can easily integrate with a wide variety of programming languages, and it is considered to be a very reliable option. One of the most prominent features that customers seem to enjoy is the easy scalability of this system.

    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
    Facebook, Tumblr, Scholastic, MTV Networks, Wikipedia, Verizon Wireless, Sage Group, Glassfish Open Message Queue, and RightNow Technologies.
    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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    MySQL is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 55 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 143 reviews. MySQL is rated 8.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of MySQL writes "Good beginner base but it should have better support for backups". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Veteran solution with critical log shipping feature". MySQL is most compared with Firebird SQL, SAP HANA, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database and CockroachDB, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, LocalDB, IBM Db2 Database and IBM Netezza Performance Server. See our MySQL vs. SQL Server report.

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