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Helder Valente
Infrastructure and Networks at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reasonably priced, stable, scalable, and the support is good

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for data warehousing and products to the platforms developed by the company. 

What is most valuable?

We like everything. We use all of the features that SQL offers.  We like business integration, database, and analysis.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more integration with other platforms.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for more than ten years We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution and we have 1,000 users in our organization. We are stabilizing, so we are not going to increase our usage with SQL.

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What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for data warehousing and products to the platforms developed by the company. 

What is most valuable?

We like everything. We use all of the features that SQL offers. 

We like business integration, database, and analysis.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more integration with other platforms.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for more than ten years

We are using the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable solution and we have 1,000 users in our organization.

We are stabilizing, so we are not going to increase our usage with SQL.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is okay. We don't have any issues with them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

It took a couple of hours to install, no more than that.

What about the implementation team?

We completed the implementation ourselves.

We have a team of 34 admins and engineers to deploy and maintain this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We purchased our license and the pricing is fine for us. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I would rate SQL Server a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Regional Head Customer Experience at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use, highly stable, but performance needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

We use a tool called Tosca for automation and all the automation artifacts we are saving are on the SQL Server.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and provides similar features to other competitors.

What needs improvement?

SQL Server could improve by increase the performance, it cannot handle large amounts of data. I did not find any additional features compared to others solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a few years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not scaled the solution extensively, but I do not foresee any problems.

Which solution did I use previously and why

What is our primary use case?

We use a tool called Tosca for automation and all the automation artifacts we are saving are on the SQL Server.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use and provides similar features to other competitors.

What needs improvement?

SQL Server could improve by increase the performance, it cannot handle large amounts of data. I did not find any additional features compared to others solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a few years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not scaled the solution extensively, but I do not foresee any problems.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have been using Hadoop and Spark.

How was the initial setup?

The installation and configuration are straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We have a team of three people doing the backend maintenance and application support for this solution.

What was our ROI?

We did not encounter any issues that we would need support. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others for small operations. For bigger applications with large amounts of data and a lot of users, I would not recommend it.

I rate SQL Server a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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senior system integrator at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to expand and a nice backend server, but requires active-active options
Pros and Cons
  • "We have found the solution to be scalable."
  • "There are a few use cases where we do need the Active-Active options instead of Active-Passive, yet those kinds of options are not available for Microsoft."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a backend server.

There are a few applications of the Oracle product for our data sitting on the SQL Server as well. 

What is most valuable?

It's useful as a backend server.

We have found the solution to be scalable. 

What needs improvement?

The stability of the product needs to be improved. It's really not stable enough.

In Microsoft, the Active-Active options are not available. There are a lot of requirements that are coming right from the customer, which may not be provided by Microsoft. There are a few use cases where we do need the Active-Active options instead of Active-Passive, yet those kinds of options are not available for Microsoft.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been working with the solution for going on five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've struggled with the stability of the product. We'd like for it to be more stable and reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good. If a company needs to expand, it can do so.

What other advice do I have?

We are a customer and an end-user.

I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten. While the scalability is there, the solution is lacking a few aspects that customers really need.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Integrates well with Microsoft tools, but needs better stored procedures integration
Pros and Cons
  • "It is integrated with Microsoft tools."
  • "The stored procedure integration with our development could be better. Things are always changing very fast at Microsoft, and it takes a lot of resources to get on top of it. We're struggling with version control. In terms of new features, we don't have any feature requests. We are not focusing on the database."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for accounts payable and accounts receivable automation. We make accounts payable and accounts receivable solutions, and we're using SQL Server as one of the building blocks.

What is most valuable?

It is integrated with Microsoft tools.

What needs improvement?

The stored procedure integration with our development could be better. Things are always changing very fast at Microsoft, and it takes a lot of resources to get on top of it. We're struggling with version control.

In terms of new features, we don't have any feature requests. We are not focusing on the database.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for 17 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is okay.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is okay.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is okay.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is something we have been using for a lot of years. If we're paying, it should be reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend looking at other solutions. You can also look at the Azure SQL implementation because it is easier to start with.

I would rate SQL Server a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Data Analyst at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Flexible, stable, with good report and data analysis capabilities

What is our primary use case?

I use this solution as our data warehouse.  We use the reports, data analysis, and for connecting our databases to multiple resources.

What is most valuable?

It's a flexible solution.

What needs improvement?

The installation process should be simplified. The configuration could be easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for a couple of months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We have no issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 10 users in our organization who are using this solution. We have a team made up of engineers, data analysts, and some developers to maintain this solution. We have plans to increase…

What is our primary use case?

I use this solution as our data warehouse. 

We use the reports, data analysis, and for connecting our databases to multiple resources.

What is most valuable?

It's a flexible solution.

What needs improvement?

The installation process should be simplified.

The configuration could be easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for a couple of months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We have no issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 10 users in our organization who are using this solution.

We have a team made up of engineers, data analysts, and some developers to maintain this solution.

We have plans to increase your usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I was using MySQL.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is not easy, it could be easier.

It can take many hours to configure it.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the installation myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a bit expensive.

The licensing is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend SQL Server to others.

I would rate SQL Server an eight out of ten.

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Johan Malan
System administrator at ZEST WEG Group
Real User
Top 20
Has high availability and good performance

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case is for data mining and processing data from plants. It's normally just for databases for the systems.

What is most valuable?

The availability is the most valuable feature. It has high availability. It also has good performance. 

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, it could use more integration with other products.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for around ten years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. We don't have any issues with stability or scalability. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted support when we had Windows issues. They are okay, not the best but not the worst. They know what they're…

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case is for data mining and processing data from plants. It's normally just for databases for the systems.

What is most valuable?

The availability is the most valuable feature. It has high availability. It also has good performance. 

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, it could use more integration with other products.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for around ten years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. We don't have any issues with stability or scalability. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted support when we had Windows issues. They are okay, not the best but not the worst. They know what they're doing but they take a little too long. The response time isn't so good. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is mostly straightforward. The time it takes to deploy depends on the circumstances. It takes around three or four hours. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. It's a good product. I am satisfied with it. It's familiar, we've been using SQL for a while. 

I would rate it a nine out of ten. There's always room for improvement. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Program Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Simple to install, easy to use, and it is not difficult to find resources to manage it

What is our primary use case?

My background is primarily in software development, and I use SQL Server among other tools in that capacity. SQL Server was one of the main databases in my previous company, and it is used for storing data from different applications.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to use and easy to perform a backup. It is easy to find resources that can manage SQL Server.

What needs improvement?

In my experience, I've found that scalability can be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used SQL Server while working for different companies.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have between 40 and 50 applications running on it, which…

What is our primary use case?

My background is primarily in software development, and I use SQL Server among other tools in that capacity. SQL Server was one of the main databases in my previous company, and it is used for storing data from different applications.

What is most valuable?

It is easy to use and easy to perform a backup.

It is easy to find resources that can manage SQL Server.

What needs improvement?

In my experience, I've found that scalability can be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used SQL Server while working for different companies.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have between 40 and 50 applications running on it, which are used by many people.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support from Microsoft is good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is simple.

What about the implementation team?

We have an in-house team for deployment and maintenance.

One administrator is suitable for managing it.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Vishal Khare
IT manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Scalable, reliable, and good technical support

What is our primary use case?

We use SQL Server as a database solution.

What is most valuable?

The performance of the SQL Server is very good.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for a few years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. However, we do not have many large servers using SQL Server anymore, we have moved to SAP HANA. We have approximately 2,000 users using this solution in my organization.

How are customer service and support?

The support offered by Microsoft is very good. We have not faced any issues with SQL Server to need to contact their support.

Which solution did I use previously and why

What is our primary use case?

We use SQL Server as a database solution.

What is most valuable?

The performance of the SQL Server is very good.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for a few years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. However, we do not have many large servers using SQL Server anymore, we have moved to SAP HANA.

We have approximately 2,000 users using this solution in my organization.

How are customer service and support?

The support offered by Microsoft is very good. We have not faced any issues with SQL Server to need to contact their support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We use SAP HANA as a database solution for certain use cases.

What about the implementation team?

We have technical managers and engineers that do the maintenance and support for this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are on an annual enterprise license for the solution and the cost of the license could be reduced.

What other advice do I have?

I rate SQL Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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