Why choose SQL Server? This is a fantastic question as there are so many RDBMS (Relational DataBase Management Systems) out there.
The biggest threat to businesses right now are cyber security attacks. They might be targeted attacks or your systems might just end up as collateral damage but the risk is real.
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, SQL Server has had the fewest security vulnerabilities over the past seven years when compared with other major database vendors.
That is quite a statement and one that should be taken into account. SQL Server has many security features. Not all are enabled out of the box but they are there for qualified and experienced DBAs to enable and configure.
Whilst SQL Server is a feature rich platform to manage your databases on it is also easy to use. In fact its adoption as platform of choice for most businesses has been for that reason. Everything is completed through SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio). SSMS is a cut down version of the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) Visual Studio. By having all these tools in one place it has simplified the way we interact with SQL Server.
By being available for free for the Express edition it has allowed a vast number of IT professionals to learn and become very familiar with the tools and features available. It gives everyone the chance to use SQL Server for their database requirements at the very start of their journey. As needs grow and requirements for new features expand, the move to more advanced features is a very straight forward path. You can move an edition at a time or straight to Enterprise Edition making a straightforward upgrade path.
Feature rich, easy to use, familiar tools, understood by millions of IT professionals the list is extensive and for us it is a mixture of all of these. Overall though in today’s environment of state sponsored hacking and hactivism security plays a big part of our choice. So what RDBMS are you using? Have you tried a modern SQL Server version?