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Pros
"The solution is hands-off; you set it up insert your data and it self tunes queries."

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"The solution has the capability to scale.""The features that we have found the most valuable are reliability, availability perspective, and current scalability.""If you need to, you can scale the solution very easily.""The installation is pretty straightforward.""The product has very good online documentation that can be used for troubleshooting.""It's much more friendly in comparison with Oracle.""Scalability, cluster ability, ease of use, ease of implementation — these are all great.""The initial setup is easy, flawless."

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Cons
"Lacks a cloud-based platform."

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"It would be nice if they can reduce its price.""From a development perspective, the solution needs to be a lot easier to understand or it needs to be easier to implement API packages for connection pooling so we don't have connection interruptions when, let's say, a hundred people simultaneously access the network on a given system, utilizing a specific or single database.""Scalability of the database could be improved if it could handle increased volumes of data.""The number of concurrent users is too limited and other databases are better than SQL in this regard.""The installation process should be simplified.""The agility of the non-SQL-based features is relevant on the market.""Indexing, as well as integration, are areas of this product that need improvement.""Although I am satisfied with the solution, some clients have asked us to resolve technical issues, such as those involving silver solution and replication."

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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
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    The solution is hands-off; you set it up insert your data and it self tunes queries.
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    I'd like to see this solution as a full, cloud-based platform, where there's no hardware at all to worry about, virtual or otherwise. The price is quite expensive relative to other similar solutions… more »
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    Our primary use case of this product is as a data warehouse. I'm a data architect and we are customers of Exasol.
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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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    Also Known As
    Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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    Overview

    We’re redefining what it means to be an analytics database company. Put simply, our high-performance in-memory analytics database gives you the power to transform how your organization works with data, on-premises, in the cloud or both – and turn it into value faster, easier and more cost effectively than ever before. What makes our analytics database different? Unrivalled performance Unlock analytics as fast as you think – and get unrivalled performance, anywhere you have data. Our database does this at scale, by processing 100's of TBs of data within milliseconds. We’re ranked the world’s fastest by TPC-H, the industry benchmark for evaluating performance. And you’ll get this anywhere you have data – be in on the cloud, on-premise or as part of a hybrid http://approach.So, when speed to value is key for building a highly successful data environment, you’ll have everything to stay ahead of your competitors. Significantly reduced TCO An intelligent, self-tuning and resource-efficient database – giving you complete cost predictability for your cloud, on-premises or hybrid strategy. There’s minimum maintenance and our database works as part of our existing infrastructure. So, you’ll get the predictability, flexibility and control to significantly minimize your TCO over the long term. Unifying AI and BI Operationalize your AI, ML and BI teams – using any BI tool and data science language. Our architecture enables you to perform advanced analytical tasks on large volumes of data – right in the database. And we’ve made it easy to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms and (BI) Business Intelligence directly to where you keep your data – so you can solve complex analytic challenges like predictive analytics with the minimum of fuss. Complete freedom to adapt and change With no platform, vendor or architecture lock-in. You’re free to adapt your data strategy to whatever you need. Our open integration framework is designed to give you the smartest and most extensible analytics database on the planet. Along with multi-platform and deployment support, our virtual schemas enable you to connect and analyse data from more sources than ever before – and the scalability options are limitless.

    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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    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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    Exasol is ranked 17th in Relational Databases with 1 review while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 143 reviews. Exasol is rated 8.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Exasol writes "A great tool and platform; self-tunes queries and works efficiently". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "Veteran solution with critical log shipping feature". Exasol is most compared with Oracle Database In-Memory, SAP HANA, Teradata, Vertica and SingleStore DB, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, LocalDB, IBM Db2 Database and Teradata.

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