Microsoft has sold its 100,000th licence for SQL Server, taking the total number of users to two million worldwide.
Karen Green, Back Office product manager at Microsoft, said between 20% and 30% of this growth has been at the expense of other relational databases.
She explained the bulk of the growth has come through the introduction of distributed computing environments such as the introduction of servers at remote sites and branch offices. The majority of installations are in medium size organisations with up to 1,000 employees.
"NT has been critical to the success of SQL Server," commented Green.
In the NT Server operating system market SQL Server had 53% market share, compared to 23% for Oracle and 4% for Sybase, according to 1995 IDC figures.
Commenting on the SQL Server boom, David Wells, a senior consultant at Ovum, that SQL Server possessed strong management tools, making it easy to manage. "This is particularly useful in a workgroup environment where users would not necessarily have the support of a database administrator." He added SQL Server was user-friendly and didn't need large amounts of training
Steve Barrie, chief analyst at Bloor Research, believes SQL Server will not fare that well in the enterprise. "In the last two years I have only seen one of my enterprise customers buy SQL Server and that was because he was installing an entire distributed NT network." He added Microsoft has a perception problem in the enterprise. "People have definitely cottoned on to the idea that PCs don't scale."
SQL Server 7.0 - features
- Dynamic locking
- Data transformation services
- Scaleable storage, including VLDB support
- New query processor
- Multi-master replication and other replication improvements
- Support for Windows 95 platform
- Enhancements for the Internet
- Language-independent stored procedures using Viper
- Multi-server distributed management with repository.
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