Along with the creation, restoration, and backup of data, this product is integrated with many other features like advanced security features, intelligence over data, choice of language and data virtualization. Originally, SQL Server 1.0 was released in 1989 and since then many upgraded versions have been released. This product of Microsoft targets a different set of customers based on their requirements.
Express Edition: This edition comes with very limited features. It is targeted for users with limited database requirements and exemption from charges as it can be distributed freely.
Workgroup Edition: This edition is more suited for small organizations. In this edition, there is no bound on users or size. It can be used as a backend database only for branch offices or small web servers.
Standard Edition: Standard edition is preferred for the mediocre organization. This edition offers an additional feature of e-commerce support and data warehousing.
Enterprise Edition: This edition comes with the most expensive licensing pricing. It is specifically designed for large enterprises with complex data needed for large enterprise requirements, web-enabled databased and data warehousing, Microsoft SQL Servers, client-server architecture, are installed in client-side architecture. The clients at release time were exclusive Windows OS based clients but later Microsoft decided to make RDBMS available for Mac OS and Linux based customers as well. This product of Microsoft supports multiple programming languages. like Java, PHP, c++, Ruby, Delphi, Go, R and Visual Basic. But this is not the only feature that sets SQL Server apart from other available RDBMS in the market.
It provides a feature that can avoid redundant tasks performed by users. Previously the developers had to redundantly filter the database tables individually by running multiple queries. SQL Server provided a solution to overcome this monotony of tasks.SQL Server enables developers to filter database based on row-based filtering. The data that is filtered is further stored in a separate database hence multiple rows can be filtered without considering the tuples count.
Other RDBMS available provided tools that block the database while taking a backup. This blocking of the database further results in a time-consuming process for restoration as many queries need to be executed for the restoration of backed up data. With the additional feature of SQL Server, the database can be backed up without blocking the data. This feature enables backing up of huge amounts of data as restoration with such scale of data is relatively easy and takes fewer efforts.
Microsoft SQL servers allow the programmers to put a halt to the query without having to deliberately kill the entire process. Other RDBMS (considering MySQL), doesn’t allow to truncate any query in the middle of its execution. The only way to halt a query is to kill the process. So Microsoft SQL Server took quite a lead. It also uses a transactional engine that ensures the consistency of states.
This Microsoft product provides advanced security features that protect the data that is in rest as well as the data that is in use. SQL Server has a record of being the least vulnerable in the past years as it doesn’t allow any process to manipulate or access its binary files. Instances need to run if a user wants to manipulate a file that improvises the security of data from hackers as hackers lack the direct access option for manipulation of data.
Microsoft SQL Server is a hub for the integration of data with additional benefits of performance, scalability, intelligent application for data lakes and data warehouses. It can handle structured and non-structured data efficiently along with delivering transformational insights for the same. It is definitely gaining popularity in the market of RDBMS for all its features and services.