Microsoft SQL Server is a database application used in small to large businesses. The software has several advantages for companies who need large data storage. However, small businesses and home users may find SQL Server too expensive and advanced. Knowing the disadvantages of the application helps users with the decision to purchase the software.
Microsoft SQL Server is made to support millions of records across an enterprise. Because of its robust technology, it also comes with a high price. Enterprise editions of SQL Server can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the options and equipment needed to host the database application. For most small businesses, this price is too high and doesn't fit the budget. For this reason, many small companies use MySQL for a database back-end. MySQL is free for the individual and it is widely known by Web and desktop programmers.
Microsoft SQL Server uses a core language, which is different from other database applications such as MySQL and Oracle. Companies that need programming or analysis services may find it more difficult to find a resource that hosts these services at a reasonable price. Programmers are also required to learn a different language and setup for the Microsoft SQL Server environment, so companies that want to upgrade need to teach current employees how to work with the application.
Older versions of SQL Server may install on older hardware equipment, but newer releases of the application require more advanced technologies to support the resources needed by the database. SQL Server also requires the .NET framework installed on a machine, which is a separate component used by developers. If the company plans to have a very large database, the hard drive also needs the appropriate amount of space in addition to the gigabytes of space required for the database engine alone.