In many large organizations, management of IT infrastructure is not streamlined and there may be independent departments with their own support staff and dedicated computer hardware. This is especially true in many mid tier firms and some enterprises too who have operations at multiple locales and yet lack a comprehensive IT management policy. At times individual departments or branch offices tend to make their own IT purchase decisions and this can even extend to database solutions. In an effort to avoid costs, many departments tend to implement the SQL Server Express edition without applying adequate thought. Let’s look at some of the drawbacks of this approach.
SQL Server Express Edition has serious limitations
At the very outset you need to understand that the Express edition was designed for small firms who are taking their first steps towards using a professional RDBMS solution and not for corporate users. Hence Microsoft has placed several restrictions on its capabilities. To start with you cannot have a database size exceeding ten gigabytes and maximum memory that an instance can utilize is just one gigabyte. In other words if you have too many users accessing the system or have complex queries, the response time would be very poor.
Recovery and Scalability issues can land you in a big mess
The express edition is barely there when we look at recovery options. It database mirroring is not up to the mark and it simply does not allow for log shipping or even advanced analytics. If that was not all, the version does not offer data comprehension and in memory OLTP. Also you cannot dynamically add hardware to scale up the system.
If your organization is big, you should opt for the SQL Server Enterprise edition
The SQL Server enterprise edition is filled with a plethora of features that are designed to meet the need of most large companies. From a bunch of intelligent security features to powerful management tools, this version stands head and shoulder above the express edition on a host of aspects. In fact for a large company, the enterprise edition offers suitable return of investment and goes a long way in improving productivity.
Always factor the possibility of SQL Crashes in your Business Continuity Plan
Since the time when the 2012 iteration of SQL Server made its mark in the market with the refined AlwaysOn availability groups feature, some SQL administrators seem to be going easy with their backup plans. While the newer iterations of SQL Server are fault tolerant, it does not mean they are full proof. To ensure the complete safety of your stored data, you should keep a powerful sql recovery tool like the cutting edge DataNumen SQL Recovery application nearby. Designed to tackle even the most perilous incidents of SQL corruption, this sophisticated program can draw out all your data from botched up files in quick time. It also is not bound by any constraints of database size or the SQL Server version that you have been using.
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