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Why SQL Server?

As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence.

Hear from Customers using SQL Server

Learn how SQL Server 2012 provides customers with large-scale data warehousing and analytical solutions backed by IT management and insights. Read how organizations like yours use SQL Server to achieve their goals.

Learn How to Migrate to SQL Server

Transform your company's information platform by moving to SQL Server today. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 provides everything an organization needs to lower its total-cost-of-ownership, manage all volumes of data from birth to archival, and provide mission-critical functionality and reliability .

Compare SQL Server to Competitors

SQL Server delivers flexible functionality and reliable performance in comparison with other database offerings. Examine how SQL Server compares against Oracle, IBM 082, and MySQL, and then make an informed decision considering al, availability, productivity, and security requirements.

Get the Latest SQL Server Benchmarks

SQL Server 2012 helps deliver predictable and next-generation performance backed by customer, partner, and industry-leading benchmarks. Investigate new benchmark results published with hardware partners, such as Dell, HP, NEC, IBM, and Unisys, that demonstrate leading performance and scalability results for SQL Server against TPC-E, the most rigorous industry-standard measure of OLTP performance.

Previous SQL Server Editions

SQL Server has a long history as the relational database solution from Microsoft. Find information about previous versions of SQL Server, including product details, technical resources, and support information.

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The table below shows a feature comparison among the three main editions. To view a full feature by feature comparison of SQL Server 2012 editions, visit SQL Server Books Online.

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