With the 2014 iteration of its flagship database product, Microsoft seems to have stolen a march over its competitors. Features like AlwaysOn availability groups have literally redefined the way companies looked at achieving high availability and business continuity. Considered as a significant improvement over plain vanilla disk mirroring, this feature seems to have gone down well with both users and analysts. However if you have opted for a SQL Server Standard license, you would remain bereft of this stellar feature.
Standard Edition has several shortcomings which can land you in trouble
Many analysts believe that the SQL Server 2014 Standard edition is a huge disappointment in light of the innovative features that are available in the Enterprise version. The sheer cost difference between the two editions does not allow a small or mid tier firm to explore the enterprise version. Now if you are stuck with the Standard edition you need to be aware of key issues you can experience.
To start with the Standard version does not facilitate database snapshots which make it difficult to deploy in some scenarios. As told before, it simply avoids introducing AlwaysOn availability groups and even does not allow for mirrored backups. This makes a production server running on the Standard edition way more vulnerable as compared to a server running the Enterprise edition. Now if you plan to run a client facing application that will be accessed by countless users, you would ideally wish Fast Recovery feature available in the database product. However this too is restricted to the Enterprise edition and Standard version simply looks placed on a weak spot.
From the security angle the Standard edition does not offer you the comprehensive Transparent Database encryption available in the Enterprise version. This can theoretically leave your database vulnerable to attacks. Again the Standard edition has limitations when it comes to scalability and misses out on important features such as file -stream containers and resource governors. Last but not the least in memory OLTP too is absent in the Standard edition.
Keeping a Recovery Tool Handy is Often the Best Bet
If you are using the SQL Server Standard edition, then you would have to rely on database mirroring for your business continuity plans. However mirroring has persistent issues and can easily fail in small and mid tier firms where availability of technical manpower is slightly scarce. Thus the best bet for an organization running the SQL Server 2014 standard edition is grabbing hold of an advanced sql recovery tool like the completely reliable DataNumen SQL Recovery application. It can handle a SQL file of immense size running into hundred of gigabytes with ease. Moreover it can draw data out from a crashed file irrespective of whether it is present on a virtual disk drive or a removable media disk. The tool is also equipped to recover several files at once and even tackle corruption issues arising from checksum errors.
Alan Chen is President & Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including access recovery and sql recovery software products. For more information visit https://www.datanumen.com/