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What is Microsoft SQL Server and what is it for?

Did you know that websites store huge amounts of information and that some of it is stored in the form of data? That is why it is important to know what Microsoft SQL Server is, one of the most widely used database management systems in the world.

In fact, practically sooner or later any program will need to store data somewhere at least to be able to collect the list of authorized users, their permissions and properties. Therefore, let's get to know one of the reference tools.

What is Microsoft SQL Server?


Microsoft SQL Server is one of the main relational database management systems on the market that serves a wide range of software applications for business intelligence and analysis in corporate environments.

Based on the Transact-SQL language, it incorporates a set of standard language programming extensions and its application is available for use both on premise and in the cloud.

What exactly is Microsoft SQL Server for?

Microsoft SQL Server is ideal for storing all the desired information in relational databases, as well as to manage such data without complications, thanks to its visual interface and the options and tools it has. This is vital, especially for websites that have the option of registering users to log in.

For companies, using this tool is essential because of the facilities it offers and the utilities it has. If you have a list of customers, a product catalog or even a large selection of multimedia content available, Microsoft SQL Server helps to manage absolutely everything. It is essential for the proper functioning of a website or any application.

Its main component is composed of a relational engine in charge of processing commands, queries, as well as the storage of files, bb.dd., tables and data buffers. Its secondary levels are intended for memory management, programming and administration of request and response interactions with the servers that host the databases.

Functions and Features of Microsoft SQL Server:

Some of the main functions that distinguish Microsoft SQL Server, are its variety of tools aimed at data management and analysis, as well as business intelligence with which to gain insights about your business and customers supported by machine learning.

Microsoft SQL Server allows you to easily integrate your data into applications and take advantage of a broad set of cognitive services to leverage artificial intelligence at any data scale, both on-premises and cloud environments thanks to its integration with Azure AI.

Generally, SQL Servers offer the user high availability to enable faster switching processes. Its in-memory capabilities allow for increased flexibility and ease of use by providing seamless integration with the Microsoft Server family of servers.

Being based on open source it is very easy to access and the vast majority of programmers working in web development have used Microsoft SQL Server in some of their projects, as well as being very widespread also has a large community that offers support to other users.

Now that you know what Microsoft SQL Server is and what it is used for, you should know some advantages that make it very interesting for developers. The clearest one is that it works with relational databases, that is, using multiple interconnected tables to store information and organize it correctly.

In summary, we can point out some of the main features of Microsoft SQL Server as:

1. Intelligence on all your data with Big Data clusters: being able to query your entire data estate from SQL Serve to Oracle without replication.
2. Choice of Language and Platform: From Windows or Linux, to Kubernetes deployments.
3. Intelligent database capabilities: in-memory, persistent memory support, in-memory optimized tempbd
4. Data encryption and compliance: Its data protection, monitoring and classification system has made it one of the top most secure platforms according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology database for 9 years.
5. Mobile BI and scalability: Allowing you to easily integrate your database management systems with any device and Azure services for better performance and analytical capabilities on data.


What editions of Microsoft SQL Server are available?

The most recent version is Microsoft SQL Server 2019, available in 4 different editions designed for different profiles and uses:

Enterprise: Being the most complete edition, it is intended for those organizations that require to work with high levels of service for critical workloads.

Standard: Designed to offer small businesses a tool that provides basic data management for the execution of their applications, supporting common development tools for on-premise or cloud environments.

Express: This version is designed for independent software developers or beginners who wish to have a free database as a learning method to compile small server and desktop applications for their use.

Developer: Integrating all the functionality of Enterprise, it is designed for all those developers who wish to have a test and development system for the compilation of any type of application in SQL Server, not being available for a production environment, only for testing.


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