Comparing Microsoft SQL Standard vs. Enterprise

|||Comparing Microsoft SQL Standard vs. Enterprise

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 VS Enterprise

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.

ProsCons
Free version available for development or the educational industry with minor limitations compared to the full version.Can be costly if you don’t qualify for the free version. According to Techwalla, the SQL Server Standard Edition costs $7,171 per processor, and the SQL Server Datacenter edition is $54,990 per processor.
Easy to configureLimited Compatibility - The solution is designed to only run on Microsoft products, meaning if your business currently has little to no current Microsoft infrastructure already in place, you will need to make significant investments in the Microsoft ecosystem to utilize the technology.
Adaptability to future technology enhancementsDependency - Once in place, users of Microsoft SQL will become dependent on the Microsoft technology stack and are reliant on the technology firm for any future features or improvements. This typically involves a 2-year cycle wait time for updates.
Reduced complexityInstallation and Operation of the server requires Internet Explorer (IE) 4.0
Dynamic Resource Allocation - disk and memory usage can scale to meet the changing demands on the infrastructure.No Cascading DRI - Triggers can be a workaround for this missing component, but since every other competitor includes this feature, this is a significant shortcoming.
Professional, enterprise-level database management, such as supporting triggers for Microsoft products and close integration with the .NET framework.

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iSQL - this essential tool enables users to perform interactive queries and build stored procedures, then view them in a graphical representation to display the steps the processor will use to execute.

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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.

ProsCons
Adaptability to future technology enhancementsNo Cascading DRI - Triggers can be a workaround for this missing component, but since every other competitor includes this feature, this is a significant shortcoming.
Reduced complexityLimited Compatibility - The solution is designed to only run on Microsoft products, meaning if your business currently has little to no current Microsoft infrastructure already in place, you will need to make significant investments in the Microsoft ecosystem to utilize the technology.
Professional, enterprise-level database management, such as supporting triggers for Microsoft products and close integration with the .NET framework.Can be costly if you don’t qualify for the free version. According to Techwalla, the SQL Server Standard Edition costs $7,171 per processor, and the SQL Server Datacenter edition is $54,990 per processor.
Easy to configureInstallation and Operation of the server requires Internet Explorer (IE) 4.0
Dynamic Resource Allocation - disk and memory usage can scale to meet the changing demands on the infrastructure.Dependency - Once in place, users of Microsoft SQL will become dependent on the Microsoft technology stack and are reliant on the technology firm for any future features or improvements. This typically involves a 2-year cycle wait time for updates.
Free version available for development or the educational industry with minor limitations compared to the full version.

N/A

iSQL - this essential tool enables users to perform interactive queries and build stored procedures, then view them in a graphical representation to display the steps the processor will use to execute.

N/A

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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2019-07-23T18:25:36+00:00