Microsoft SQL Server is a ‘relational database’ server, with T-SQL and ANSI SQL as its primary query languages.
The product marked the beginning of Microsoft’s entry into the enterprise-level database market, competing against giants like IBM, Oracle, and Sybase. Microsoft SQL Server is available in multiple editions, each having its own set of features.
Each edition targets a particular user base. These editions are SQL Server Compact Edition (SQL CE), Datacenter Edition, Developer Edition, SQL Server 2005 Embedded Edition (SSEE), Enterprise Edition, Evaluation Edition, SQL Server Express Edition, Fast Track, Standard Edition, Web Edition and Workgroup Edition.
There are many uses of SQL Server. It can be useful when working with large e-commerce applications. SQL Server can also be used for most projects programmed using .NET. Here are some of the reasons to choose SQL Server.
1 SQL server is a great tool for hassle-free stability. It can handle deeply embedded applications with a mere 1MB footprint, in order to run huge data warehouses with capacity of over 1TB. SQL Server offers platform flexibility, and is open source. This allows developers to customise it according to the requirements of the client.
2 Secondly, SQL Server has a unique storage-engine architecture. This is of great benefit to database professionals when configuring a MySQL database server for various high-performance applications.
3 Reliability and scalability means very little downtime, even in the most complex IT businesses.
4 SQL Server offers complete ACID ('atomic, consistent, isolated, durable') transaction support, multi-version transaction support, and unlimited row-level locking. High-traffic web portals cannot do without the SQL server, thanks to its high-performance query engine, and lightning-fast data insertion functionality.
5 SQL Server provides SSH (Secure Shell) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) support to ensure safe and secure connections.
6 SQL Server offers support for almost every possible application development. For example, it offers support for ANSI-standard SQL, triggers, functions, plug-in libraries, drivers (ODBC, JDBC), and cursors.