ArangoDB vs Microsoft SQL Server

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ArangoDB vs Microsoft SQL Server: What are the differences?

Developers describe ArangoDB as "A distributed open-source database with a flexible data model for documents, graphs, and key-values". A distributed free and open-source database with a flexible data model for documents, graphs, and key-values. Build high performance applications using a convenient SQL-like query language or JavaScript extensions. On the other hand, Microsoft SQL Server is detailed as "A relational database management system developed by Microsoft". Microsoft® SQL Server is a database management and analysis system for e-commerce, line-of-business, and data warehousing solutions.

ArangoDB and Microsoft SQL Server belong to "Databases" category of the tech stack.

"Grahps and documents in one DB" is the top reason why over 24 developers like ArangoDB, while over 134 developers mention "Reliable and easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Microsoft SQL Server.

ArangoDB is an open source tool with 8.22K GitHub stars and 576 GitHub forks. Here's a link to ArangoDB's open source repository on GitHub.

Stack Exchange, Intuit, and MIT are some of the popular companies that use Microsoft SQL Server, whereas ArangoDB is used by AresRPG, Stepsize, and Brainhub. Microsoft SQL Server has a broader approval, being mentioned in 478 company stacks & 443 developers stacks; compared to ArangoDB, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.

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What is ArangoDB?

A distributed free and open-source database with a flexible data model for documents, graphs, and key-values. Build high performance applications using a convenient SQL-like query language or JavaScript extensions.

What is Microsoft SQL Server?

Microsoft® SQL Server is a database management and analysis system for e-commerce, line-of-business, and data warehousing solutions.
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What are some alternatives to ArangoDB and Microsoft SQL Server?
Neo4j
Neo4j stores data in nodes connected by directed, typed relationships with properties on both, also known as a Property Graph. It is a high performance graph store with all the features expected of a mature and robust database, like a friendly query language and ACID transactions.
MongoDB
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL is an advanced object-relational database management system that supports an extended subset of the SQL standard, including transactions, foreign keys, subqueries, triggers, user-defined types and functions.
Cassandra
Partitioning means that Cassandra can distribute your data across multiple machines in an application-transparent matter. Cassandra will automatically repartition as machines are added and removed from the cluster. Row store means that like relational databases, Cassandra organizes data by rows and columns. The Cassandra Query Language (CQL) is a close relative of SQL.
OrientDB
It is an open source NoSQL database management system written in Java. It is a Multi-model database, supporting graph, document, key/value, and object models, but the relationships are managed as in graph databases with direct connections between records.
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Decisions about ArangoDB and Microsoft SQL Server
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Heroku
Heroku
Ruby
Ruby
Rails
Rails
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
MariaDB
MariaDB
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS
AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Python
Python
Redis
Redis
Memcached
Memcached
AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
Amazon Elasticsearch Service
Amazon Elasticsearch Service
Amazon ElastiCache
Amazon ElastiCache

We initially started out with Heroku as our PaaS provider due to a desire to use it by our original developer for our Ruby on Rails application/website at the time. We were finding response times slow, it was painfully slow, sometimes taking 10 seconds to start loading the main page. Moving up to the next "compute" level was going to be very expensive.

We moved our site over to AWS Elastic Beanstalk , not only did response times on the site practically become instant, our cloud bill for the application was cut in half.

In database world we are currently using Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL also, we have both MariaDB and Microsoft SQL Server both hosted on Amazon RDS. The plan is to migrate to AWS Aurora Serverless for all 3 of those database systems.

Additional services we use for our public applications: AWS Lambda, Python, Redis, Memcached, AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon ElastiCache

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How developers use ArangoDB and Microsoft SQL Server
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Brillium, Inc. uses Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server

We've always counted on SQL Server as our database backend. It has served us well over the years. It isn't the cheapest part of our stack, but with the plethora of tools provided by 3rd parties, we have found an incredible and scalable method of keeping our data available and easy to maintain.

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Andrew Miller uses Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server

Defacto, industry standard for backend relational databases. Entity Framework makes designing, migrating & maintaining SQL Server databases a breeze. LocalDB is especially helpful during development.

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David Flynn uses Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server

Our core systems that we integrate with are using SQL Server 2012 / 2016 database servers. We use database views on core system databases to help build our domain model.

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Olo uses Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server

Main transactional database. SQL Server 2012 Enterprise with AlwaysOn Availability Groups for high availability and disaster recovery.

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King's Digital Lab uses ArangoDBArangoDB

Multi-model DB: document (JSON), graph, key-value

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Arbor Health, LLC uses Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL Server

Managing script output and input, as well as data cleansing.

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Stefan Gojan uses ArangoDBArangoDB

Persist user actions and information in documents

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Minyoung Kim uses ArangoDBArangoDB

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