SQL Server Enterprise – The most powerful edition of SQL Server
The Microsoft RDBMS product SQL Server is available in several editions. The most common ones are the Express, Standard and the Enterprise editions. Standard versions of each release will have more features and capabilities than the Express version. SQL Server Enterprise edition, in turn, has more capability than the standard editions of each release. Depending on the release version of the product, there may be additional versions.
For example, the 2012 release has a business intelligence edition. We shall concentrate on this latest product here, the SQL Server 2012 Enterprise version. While the Express edition is for familiarization, the SQL Server Enterprise is for serous applications like implementing high capability data centers with extensive database and business intelligence solutions.
Some of the notable features of the SQL Server Enterprise edition 2012 include the following:
- Data quality services that help profile, clean up and match data ensuring the quality of the data going into the database is dependable
- Power View or a means for data visualization and exploration by users conveniently
- Distributed replay features helps testing applications, configurations and upgrades. This can be very handy in SQL 2012 Enterprise adoption in the organization. A range of free tools are available so that users can be sure of a hassle-free transition to the new version
- Enhanced audit facility helps flexibility in auditing, and making audit possible in all versions of the product. The audit trail thus created in SQL Server Enterprise helps ensure all activity by authorized people can be tracked
- SQL Server Enterprise has an AlwaysOn feature that manages higher uptime, quickest possible fail-over and utilization of hardware. The SQL Server AlwaysOn feature has been newly introduced and ensures higher availability and business continuity in case of disasters
- xVelocity features in the SQL Server 2012 Enterprise help in a significant rise in performance in the intended applications of business intelligence and warehousing. xVelocity supports in-memory data processing technologies and can boost performance by a factor of 10 to 100 times.
The huge amounts of data that gets generated today needs to be managed and stored. One never knows what kind of insight is available from the big data collection. Besides the efficient storage and management implemented in SQL Server Enterprise edition, it ensures the ability to view the data to discern any valuable patterns. An additional tool of Power Pivot in the Power View feature of the SQL Enterprise version helps users to access and combine data from other sources to derive meaning to data visualizations being made. Support of cleansing of data helps the IT department to ensure BI solutions that are dependable. There will be no need to drill down to low-level data to ensure they are good data.
Whenever a new version of a product arrives on the scene, a question that arises without fail is whether existing users should upgrade. ROI percentage and the time it takes to recoup the investment are good metrics to help you decide. According to a Forrester study commissioned by Microsoft for an upgrade to SQL Server Enterprise 2012 has indicated that ROI percentage is 189%, and the payback time is just one year. In order to learn more, check out SQL Server 2012 Training.