Microsoft SQL Standard and Enterprise share several features, but there are also many differences. From pricing and scalability to performance and functionality, each server is tailored to businesses with varying needs. To identify the right edition for your business, consider the following criteria.
Microsoft SQL Standard
Microsoft SQL Server Standard provides all the fundamental database, reporting, and analytics capabilities. It also includes basic availability features and disaster recovery. Microsoft SQL Server Standard can run non-mission critical applications, deliver standard reporting and analytics, and build rich content management applications.
Microsoft SQL Enterprise
Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise includes everything in the Standard edition, but has additional features. The Enterprise SQL Server is optimal for companies focusing on scalability and performance.
Performance Features of Microsoft SQL Enterprise
The Standard edition only has three of the eleven features in scalability and performance included in the Enterprise edition. Enterprise is the edition of choice if a company plans to scale in the near future. Generally, Enterprise supports up to 524 petabytes, but it can also support the maximum amount of RAM and number of core processors that the host system offers, compared to the Standard’s 128 GB.
Security Features of Microsoft SQL Enterprise
Another key component of Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise is security. Like the Standard edition, Enterprise includes basic auditing, contained databases, encryption and backups, and user-defined roles. It surpasses the Standard edition with its inclusion of fine grained auditing, transparent database encryption, and extensible key management. These are key tools to ensure maximum security.
Replication Features of Microsoft SQL Enterprise
In discussing the feature of replication, the Standard edition has most of the features including SQL Server change tracking, merge replication, and snapshot replication. Microsoft SQL Enterprise outperforms the Standard edition in Oracle publishing and peer-to-peer transactional replication.
Choosing between SQL Enterprise and SQL Standard
The two SQL Server editions both have similar features for management tools, RDBMS Manageability, Development Tools, and Programmability. Despite many similarities between the two editions, it is clear that Enterprise delivers more functionality than the other editions of SQL Server, including the Standard edition. A company that has a need for all the additional features and scalability of Microsoft SQL Enterprise, should opt for this edition. Whereas, smaller organizations may be able to utilize the foundation offered by SQL Server Standard edition.
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