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Chief Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable, simple installation, but scalability could improve

What is our primary use case?

The main use of this solution is to control and manage data storage information.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately two 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?

I find the solution not to be scalable.  There are approximately six people in our company using SQL Server.

How are

What is our primary use case?

The main use of this solution is to control and manage data storage information.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately two 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?

I find the solution not to be scalable. 

There are approximately six people in our company using SQL Server.

How are customer service and support?

I have not needed to contact technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. 

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation of the solution myself, it does not require any consultants or integrators.

What other advice do I have?

I rate SQL Server a six out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Sr Lead Data & Information Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Simple to set up, simple to use, stable, and scalable

What is most valuable?

I like that it's a cloud solution, is simple to set up, and is simple to use. We are also totally satisfied with the stability and scalability of SQL Server.

What needs improvement?

It would definitely be better if SQL Server were free. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Server for two years. It's a cloud-based solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable, and we have had no issues so far.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and is comparable to that of PostgreSQL.

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

We pay per second of usage, but there…

What is most valuable?

I like that it's a cloud solution, is simple to set up, and is simple to use.

We are also totally satisfied with the stability and scalability of SQL Server.

What needs improvement?

It would definitely be better if SQL Server were free. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Server for two years.

It's a cloud-based solution.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable, and we have had no issues so far.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and is comparable to that of PostgreSQL.

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

We pay per second of usage, but there are different offerings of the license.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Oracle and PostgreSQL.

What other advice do I have?

For people who would like to use SQL Server for specific use-cases, I would definitely recommend it.

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this solution at eight.

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Managing Director at D3
Real User
Top 20
Efficient data retrieval, scalable, and straightforward installation

What is our primary use case?

We are using SQL Server for our financial application package.

What is most valuable?

One of the best features of SQL Server is the efficient retrieval of information.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used SQL Server for approximately seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Server is stable. However, Microsoft products have a tendency to crash. I would rate it a five out of ten in terms of stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of SQL Server is good.

How was the initial setup?

The…

What is our primary use case?

We are using SQL Server for our financial application package.

What is most valuable?

One of the best features of SQL Server is the efficient retrieval of information.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used SQL Server for approximately seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Server is stable. However, Microsoft products have a tendency to crash. I would rate it a five out of ten in terms of stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of SQL Server is good.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is straightforward to install.

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

The price of SQL Server could be better in the African market. The licensing model needs to be improved, it is confusing.

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
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Chief Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable, straightforward installation, and priced well

What is our primary use case?

We used SQL Server to store all of our lab data on the database. We had a front-end application that needed SQL in the background for archiving all the laboratory data.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by having better integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution could be more stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 200 users that use an application that uses the SQL Servers database.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was straightforward. We did not have a large installation and it took a couple of weeks to complete.

What about the

What is our primary use case?

We used SQL Server to store all of our lab data on the database. We had a front-end application that needed SQL in the background for archiving all the laboratory data.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by having better integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution could be more stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 200 users that use an application that uses the SQL Servers database.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was straightforward. We did not have a large installation and it took a couple of weeks to complete.

What about the implementation team?

Our IT department does the implementation and maintenance of the solution.

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

There is an annual license and it is priced reasonably.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution.

I rate SQL Server a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Popular, works well, and easy to use and deploy

What is most valuable?

It is a typical database solution, and it is working well so far. It is easy to use, and it is also very common and popular, which makes it easy to find a support partner.

What needs improvement?

It will be very useful to have high-level database monitoring. It should also have built-in business intelligence reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for more than ten years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have around approximately 600 or 700 users of this solution. Currently, everybody is using this solution, and we don't have a plan to increase its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't have a direct connection with Microsoft support. We have a support…

What is most valuable?

It is a typical database solution, and it is working well so far. It is easy to use, and it is also very common and popular, which makes it easy to find a support partner.

What needs improvement?

It will be very useful to have high-level database monitoring. It should also have built-in business intelligence reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for more than ten years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have around approximately 600 or 700 users of this solution. Currently, everybody is using this solution, and we don't have a plan to increase its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't have a direct connection with Microsoft support. We have a support partner who is in contact with the official Microsoft support.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is easy.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I would rate SQL Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
A relational database management system that's relatively stable

What is our primary use case?

We use SQL Server for collecting and storing our data.

What is most valuable?

I like that it's relatively stable.

What needs improvement?

It would be better if it had more integration with other systems.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for over five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think it's scalable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's relatively stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. When I have a problem, they're responsive.

How was the initial setup?

I've tried to do the initial setup, and I don't think it's that easy. But I think the configuration is normal.

What about the implementation

What is our primary use case?

We use SQL Server for collecting and storing our data.

What is most valuable?

I like that it's relatively stable.

What needs improvement?

It would be better if it had more integration with other systems.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Server for over five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think it's scalable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's relatively stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. When I have a problem, they're responsive.

How was the initial setup?

I've tried to do the initial setup, and I don't think it's that easy. But I think the configuration is normal.

What about the implementation team?

I set up and deployed this solution myself.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this product to new users.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give SQL Server an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Technical Director at a security firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable and easy to install

What is our primary use case?

It is used for many things. We primarily use it for our two-tier and three-tier applications.

What is most valuable?

It is stable, and it works okay.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if they can reduce its price.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I didn't use their technical support.

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

I have used Microsoft Access.

How was the initial setup?

Its installation is straightforward. It took half an hour to one hour.

What about the implementation team?

I can install it myself.

What's my experience with

What is our primary use case?

It is used for many things. We primarily use it for our two-tier and three-tier applications.

What is most valuable?

It is stable, and it works okay.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if they can reduce its price.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I didn't use their technical support.

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

I have used Microsoft Access.

How was the initial setup?

Its installation is straightforward. It took half an hour to one hour.

What about the implementation team?

I can install it myself.

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

We did a one-time payment. Its price, in general, can be reduced.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate SQL Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Developer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Performs well for our use case

What is our primary use case?

It's a normal DMS, so it can be used everywhere you want to use any RDBMS or relational database. It's for normal transactions.

What needs improvement?

SQL Server could integrate better with other platforms.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Server for the last six months. Earlier we used DB2, but now we use this one.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Server's performance is fine.

How are customer service and support?

Microsoft support is fine.

How was the initial setup?

We don't deal with the setup because we are developers. The system or admin team does all those things. So I don't have any idea.

What other advice do I have?

I rate SQL Server eight out of 10. We haven't had any…

What is our primary use case?

It's a normal DMS, so it can be used everywhere you want to use any RDBMS or relational database. It's for normal transactions.

What needs improvement?

SQL Server could integrate better with other platforms.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Server for the last six months. Earlier we used DB2, but now we use this one.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Server's performance is fine.

How are customer service and support?

Microsoft support is fine.

How was the initial setup?

We don't deal with the setup because we are developers. The system or admin team does all those things. So I don't have any idea.

What other advice do I have?

I rate SQL Server eight out of 10. We haven't had any issues, but it depends on the use case. So I would recommend it depending on your use case.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
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