Relational database management systems (RDBMS) form the backbone of enterprise IT. Data-driven business intelligence, analytics, and reporting workloads simply couldn’t exist without the support of a high-powered, high-performance relational database. Good databases can bring your enterprise IT to the next level—while bad databases can bring it to its knees.
The crucial question is then: which RDBMS is right for your business needs and objectives? When comparing relational database solutions, two names seem to come up more than any others: MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.
MySQL is an open-source RDBMS solution that was purchased by Oracle in 2008. As a component of the popular LAMP web application development stack, MySQL powers some of the world’s most highly visited websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Microsoft SQL Server is an RDBMS solution developed and maintained by Microsoft. First released in 1989, SQL Server is now available in many different versions with different feature sets, including Enterprise, Standard, and Express versions.
The question of MySQL vs. SQL Server is a tough one, and there’s no right answer for every organization. Below, we’ll go over the most important factors to consider when choosing between SQL Server and MySQL.