Benefits and Insights

Why use SQL Server?

Key differentiators & advantages of SQL Server

  • Innovations On-Premise or In the Cloud: Flexible deployment options offer organizations timely updates and cutting-edge advancements in data processing regardless of whether the application is located on-premises or via web hosting.
  • Analyze Any Type of Data: Built-in Apache Spark access offers a complete overview of business operations by performing search queries across all kinds of data, including structured, semi-structured, unstructured, non-relational, relational and more.
  • Discover Business Insights: Native AI helps uncover trends and patterns in data, opening up a world of possible insights. These discoveries often include patterns human eyes might not recognize.
  • Make Better Business Decisions: The patterns highlighted by the solution are easy to translate into answers. The SQL Server Reporting Services allows users to generate reports and interactive visualizations on their data to make data-informed business decisions.
  • Customize the Platform: Users can choose the right language and platform for their needs with an open-source architecture. It can scale up or down as organizations change.
  • Keep Data Safe: As a Microsoft offering, SQL Server provides some of the best compliance and security provisions in the world. It offers built-in features for data protection, fraud monitoring, risk analysis, behavior alerts and role-based access to sensitive information.

Industry Expertise

Microsoft serves all industries, but SQL Server is especially suited to organizations in software, IT, healthcare, financial services, higher education, HR, retail, management consulting, hardware and construction.

Key Features

  • Integrated Apps: Businesses can create customized applications that integrate with Microsoft’s suite and technology.
  • Multiple System Support: The solution is installable on Windows, Linux, Docker and other containers for users’ convenience.
  • Big Data Clusters: Process data of any structure in large sets from Hadoop, Apache Spark and more.
  • T-SQL Dialect: Microsoft’s proprietary SQL extension language allows developers to quickly and efficiently send queries and interface with external applications.
  • Jobs Engine: A role-based jobs engine lets only admins create and assign jobs, then manage which users have access to view or complete them.
  • Reports Server: SQL Server Reports Services (SSRS) offers tools for users to create, adjust, manage and share reports on data processed through the database.
  • In-Memory Database: In-memory data processing offers nearly instantaneous response rates to queries.
  • Columnstore Indexes: Storing data in a column-based structure provides better query performance and speed over row-based storage.
  • Data Mining: Users can explore large data sets for patterns and use these to glean insights.

SQL Server Suite Support

Microsoft offers a variety of support plans based on which products users have and what kind of support they require. Unified Support offers organization-wide coverage for every Microsoft-based product a business uses. Unified Support subscribers can customize their 24/7 support experience. Professional Support is a pay-per-incident model that comes with a 5-pack of support instances.

mail_outlineEmail: Users can access support by email by logging into their Microsoft account.
phonePhone: Users can access the support phone number by logging into their Microsoft account.
schoolTraining: Microsoft and many third parties offer extensive SQL Server training certification courses for all skill levels. These include instructor-led courses, on-demand online training, ebooks, webinars and more.
local_offerTickets: To contact support for any support plan, users must log in to their Microsoft account.

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