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We performed a comparison between MariaDB and SQL Server based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Relational Databases Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"We like the easy way that we can collect data from other databases.""From a customer perspective, MariaDB is a good choice for cluster configuration. It's also easy to operate and cheap.""The most valuable feature is that it uses multiple cores, which is better than some of the other databases.""MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.""Installation is straightforward.""The solution runs very quickly. It's not slow at all.""The solution is very easy to implement.""It's easy to set up."

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"Stability is one of the most valuable features.""The product has very good online documentation that can be used for troubleshooting.""Very stable relational database management system that offers ease of management, querying, and scaling. It has well-designed databases.""The installation is pretty straightforward.""The initial setup was straightforward.""The initial setup is easy, flawless.""I like that it's relatively stable.""The solution seems to be pretty flexible."

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"The GUI could be improved a bit. The user interface needs to be improved.""The solution can improve by having support for more integration. However, at this time it is working well for us.""The maintenance and performance could be a bit better.""It does not have tools for debugging procedures and functions.""The solution should do some fine-tuning on maybe the transaction per second so that users can get more than they can on the Microsoft SQL Server.""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.""Could have more integration with user platforms.""MariaDB can improve by adding more features. There are a lot of features, which are available in Oracle, and which are not available in MariaDB. We hope they will introduce the features soon."

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"If this solution could provide an automatic indexing feature it would be very useful.""The interface integration could be better.""I do not think SQL Server is suited for a typical database warehouse environment. However, people do use SQL Server for data warehouse environments but the best use case is for very small databases. If somebody wants to store more than 10 TB of data querying then the performance really degrades. The performance should be improved in the future to allow more scalability.""SQL Server could improve by being more user-friendly, it is still geared towards specialists. Additionally, the monitoring system is difficult to use, not everyone can use it well. The configuration should be able to be done through the GUI.""I would like Microsoft to evolve SQL Server because stateful databases dying are in a way. We would like to find out if it can absorb Hadoop and other similar things. They should make it useful for data mining. Data is evolving forever, and how we store it is also changing constantly. So, SQL Server also needs to change.""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.""The treatment of database storage could be improved.""I want to see one improvement and this involves the replication between the DC and DR."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "There is a monthly subscription to use MariaDB."
  • "The solution is free, but if you want the enterprise version you will need to pay for some licenses but the cost is less than other solutions, such as Oracle."
  • "The price could be less expensive."
  • "MariaDB is a free-to-use solution."
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  • "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."
  • "The cost is high and because it's an expensive product, we are in the process of moving towards open-source solutions."
  • "It's cheaper than Oracle."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.
    Top Answer:This is an open source solution with no licensing fees.
    Top Answer:It would be good to have tools for debugging procedures and functions.
    Top Answer:We're satisfied with the stability.
    Top Answer:Performance-wise, SQL cannot handle large amounts of data. In the next release, I would like them to commission SQL Server on Linux, as has been announced in the past but has not yet happened.
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    Compared 25% of the time.
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    Compared 16% of the time.
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    Compared 12% of the time.
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    Compared 6% of the time.
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    Compared 4% of the time.
    Also Known As
    Microsoft SQL Server, MSSQL, MS SQL
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    MariaDB is an open source relational database created by the original founders of MySQL. It is considered one of the most popular and trusted database servers throughout the world. MariaDB is a valued component found in most cloud offerings and is the default in many Linux tools. It is also widely used by Wikipedia, WordPress, and Google, among other well-known sites. Maria DB easily melds data into concise information from a vast array of applications, such as banking, online shopping, websites, and more.

    MariaDB was originally created to improve MySQL performance. It is the most widely chosen database server due to the solution being super fast, robust, user-friendly, and easily scalable. MariaDB also offers a substantial ecosystem of plugins, storage engines, and numerous other valuable tools that make it very attractive for a significant offering of use cases.

    The solution’s newest functionalities include compatibility with Oracle Database and Temporal Data Tables, and advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, which make it easier for users to research data history from any point in the past. Additionally, the most recent versions include JSON and GIS features. MariaDB is committed to staying an open source solution.

    MariaDB Features

    • More storage: MariaDB works with more storage engines than MySQL and most other database servers available. Some storage options include, but are not limited to ARCHIVE, MERGE, CSV, MEMORY, BLACKHOLE, MyISAM, ColumnStore, MyRocks, and Cassandra.

    • Super fast: MariaDB offers faster authentication checks. The FlushSSL permits SSL certificates to be reloaded without a server restart, resulting in huge time savings.

    • Improved testing: MariaDB offers an extending testing suite that runs faster and can test more than ever before. Bugs can be easily fixed and invalid tests removed.

    • Genuinely open source: Every code in MariaDB is GPL, LGPL, or BSD. Client libraries [for Windows (ODBC), Java (JDBC), or C] allow linking to closed source software. All fixed bug cases and development plans are completely public. MariaDB is a community-developed solution representing the true spirit of open source products.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Faustine C., Engineering Supervisor- Corporate Data Solutions and Services at TZ Telecoms Corporation, shares, “The software provides a lot of information on what is happening inside the database. For most performance parameters it is easy to know if something is not right in the configuration or optimization which helps engineers take remedial fine-tuning measures. For example, if the database is underperforming it is easy to know which performance parameter can be adjusted to handle the workload. It is difficult to troubleshoot database issues if many performance parameters can not be monitored or debugged which is the case with some database management systems. It provides great monitoring of data storage, processing, and performance stability which is really important for real-time data storage and processing. It's a user-friendly product.”

    A PeerSpot user who is a Senior Engineer at a tech services company relates, “ The solution's high availability is its most valuable aspect. We have found the product to be stable and the initial setup is pretty simple. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. I'm very happy with it overall. I would recommend the solution to others. It's easy to find details about the product online and to learn about it.”

    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.
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company26%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    MariaDB vs. SQL Server
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about MariaDB vs. SQL Server and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    MariaDB is ranked 7th in Relational Databases Tools with 22 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases Tools with 165 reviews. MariaDB is rated 8.4, 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 "Good performance, well-priced, trivial to set up, and helpful support". MariaDB is most compared with PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle Database, Firebird SQL and Amazon Aurora, whereas SQL Server is most compared with Oracle Database, SAP HANA, LocalDB, IBM Db2 Database and MySQL. See our MariaDB vs. SQL Server report.

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