Windows hosting is compromised of several useful components, many of which are developed by computer software giant Microsoft. Most of these features are designed with simplicity in mind and lend tremendous power to business applications. As an online business owner, one feature of Windows hosting that can truly help your organization is a powerful software tool known as MS SQL.
What is MS SQL?
Microsoft SQL Server or simply MS SQL, is a commercially licensed relational database management system and the main rival to the MySQL open-source software. As a licensed software application, it is a proprietary product with the source code and copyrights owned by Microsoft. Some talk negatively about commercially licensed products because you must purchase them in order to use them on the open market. However, the major advantage of such products is that they come with excellent support, are thoroughly tested functionality and receive continuous upgrades. In the case of MS SQL, you get all this and much more.
As one of the most widely used SQL systems, MS SQL is supported by a large number of applications and programming codes designed to integrate with its databases. One of its most common uses is website implementation to generate dynamic content. In fact, if you have ever visited an e-commerce site and browsed through pages or product listings, more than likely, you have interacted with a database such as MS SQL.
What Does MS SQL Do?
Like any SQL database, an SQL Server database is a data storage facility that allows you to manage significant amounts of information. Because it is so challenging and time consuming for the average person to manually sort through such large amounts of data, databases are used to request data and retrieve the requested information in a faster and more efficient manner. Although it possible to directly interact with a database, the mere structure of the data often makes this a difficult process. Similar to many Microsoft products, MS SQL is are far more user-friendly than other database systems. This particular software was designed with the premonition that users and applications will frequently need to access its databases, which is why it streamlines the process and makes retrieval easier.
Databases are capable of storing all types of information. Upon first hearing the term, you may assume that a database is something that stores customers names, telephone numbers and addresses or product inventory for a warehouse facility. While MS SQL can indeed handle basic text information, it also has the power to store other types of data such as graphics, audio files and even more complex formats. With all the advancements in web technology, this ability really comes in handy for someone who desires a feature-rich, interactive website.
Whether you need a database to store a list of employee data, create a dynamic website or power an e-commerce storefront, MS SQL makes a perfect solution. Signing up for a Windows hosting package that offers this feature is well worth the investment.