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My company is in the midst of an IT overhaul and considering a shift away from MS SQL Server (2016 Standard) to a MySQL database. I have used MS SQL Server for years, so I am apprehensive to make this move. Basically - our IT team is under the impression that MySQL is free and comes with only a few syntax changes.

I have spent the day reading up on the differences and honestly finding that they seem to be very similar. If I am going to make a case for MS SQL Server - then now is the time to do it. One key detail - we are an analytical company and our SQL queries are often complex - so I need to make sure that our RDBMS of the future is up to par.

I have encountered the following statement multiple times (about filtering) and I need a translation. My interpretation of this is that it is not possible to use a single query to join tables from differing databases. However I have seen youtube videos where people do just that in MySQL. Please help me understand this difference and whether it is important or not.

"MySQL allow users to filter out tables, rows, and users in a number of ways. But it requires users to filter out the tables, rows, or users by individual databases. While filtering the data, the developers have to filter database tables individually by running multiple queries. On the other hand, SQL Server enables developers to take advantage of row-based filtering. The row-based filtering option filters data on a database by database way. Also, the filtered data is stored in a separate distribution database. Hence, it becomes easier for programmers to filter multiple rows without considering the number of databases."

Greatly appreciate your help with deciphering the quoted statement as well as any Pro/Cons you see for this move. Thanks!

  • I think You should ask this on dba.stackexchange.com - extremely competent and opinionated experts are there. – knb Sep 6 '19 at 13:24
  • Thank you, I will post this question there too. – BS Warmer Sep 6 '19 at 13:35

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