Relational Databases Review Roundup: SQL Server vs. MySQL vs. DB2 — Examining the Cube from All Sides

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This week’s review roundup includes reviews of three of the big Relational Database solutions. Choosing a relational database can be key since these solutions handle the way data is stored, maintained, and retrieved. Here’s what our community members are saying about the solutions they are using: Rubik's_Cube_cropped

SQL Server – “A great database management system for all size companies. SQL server is more user friendly than competitors. Provides easy installation. If you need support or research for the product, it is easy to find help online. There are 3 editions available which will meet any companies needs. Latest version is cloud ready. Offers power and flexibility. For each additional core feature you want to add to your DBMS edition, it is more money. This is not a FREE program as most other DBMS are. So basically, the more you want, the more you pay.” Read more here

MySQL – “It is inexpensive as compared to other common databases like Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle. MySQL is an extensible, open storage database engine that integrates seamlessly with a number of programming languages and other web-based technologies. MYSQL is an open source system under the GNU General Public License. Developers can use it at no cost as long as the associated projects are also open-source.  Having excellent performance, MYSQL is used by many internet powerhouses like yahoo as their back-end database. MySQL has a limited storage capacity. It doesn’t support large databases and Database transactions are not handled efficiently.” Read more here

DB2 – “I have been using IBM DB2 (Mainframe Version) for more than ten years. I have benefitted from many features including: Product is built on RDBMS principles and principles of Normalization. Have benefitted by the normalization capabilities built into the product; SQL Query capabilities, Tools such as SPUFI, QMF, BMC Catalog Manager, DB2 File-Aid make it easy to query the data, Programming capabilities (such as host variables, cursors ) provided by languages such as COBOL to invoke DB2 DML statements to query, modify the DB2 Tables; and Ability of DB2 rows to be presented to CICS screens, Batch Jobs, Web Programs. [However] It should be easier for web enablement. It is currently easy, but the more web products use the tool, the better it is.” Read more here

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