InfluxDB vs Microsoft SQL Server

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InfluxDB vs Microsoft SQL Server: What are the differences?

What is InfluxDB? An open-source distributed time series database with no external dependencies. InfluxDB is a scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics. It has a built-in HTTP API so you don't have to write any server side code to get up and running InfluxDB is designed to be scalable, simple to install and manage, and fast to get data in and out..

What is Microsoft SQL Server? 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.

InfluxDB and Microsoft SQL Server can be categorized as "Databases" tools.

"Time-series data analysis" is the top reason why over 35 developers like InfluxDB, while over 134 developers mention "Reliable and easy to use" as the leading cause for choosing Microsoft SQL Server.

InfluxDB is an open source tool with 16.6K GitHub stars and 2.37K GitHub forks. Here's a link to InfluxDB's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Microsoft SQL Server has a broader approval, being mentioned in 470 company stacks & 425 developers stacks; compared to InfluxDB, which is listed in 116 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.

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What is InfluxDB?

InfluxDB is a scalable datastore for metrics, events, and real-time analytics. It has a built-in HTTP API so you don't have to write any server side code to get up and running. InfluxDB is designed to be scalable, simple to install and manage, and fast to get data in and out.

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 InfluxDB and Microsoft SQL Server?
TimescaleDB
TimescaleDB: An open-source database built for analyzing time-series data with the power and convenience of SQL — on premise, at the edge, or in the cloud.
Redis
Redis is an open source, BSD licensed, advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets and sorted sets.
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.
Prometheus
Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of storing data and searching it in near real time. Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash are the Elastic Stack (sometimes called the ELK Stack).
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Decisions about InfluxDB and Microsoft SQL Server
Amazon ElastiCache
Amazon ElastiCache
Amazon Elasticsearch Service
Amazon Elasticsearch Service
AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
Memcached
Memcached
Redis
Redis
Python
Python
AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Amazon RDS
Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server
MariaDB
MariaDB
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
Rails
Rails
Ruby
Ruby
Heroku
Heroku
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk

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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Reviews of InfluxDB and Microsoft SQL Server
Review ofInfluxDBInfluxDB

Influx doesn't currently natively support horizontal distribution. Hard to recommend it until they implement that.

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Review ofInfluxDBInfluxDB

InfluxDB is a game changer

How developers use InfluxDB and Microsoft SQL Server
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ShadowICT uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

We use InfluxDB as a store for our data that gets fed into Grafana. It's ideal for this as it's a lightweight storage engine that can be modified on the fly by scripts without having to log into the server itself and manage tables. The HTTP API also makes it ideal for integrating with frontend services.

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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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Goyoboard uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

To track time-series of course, utilizing few retention rules and continuous queries to keep time-series data fast and maintanable

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sapslaj uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

InfluxDB ingests information from various sources (mostly Telegraf instances) into one place for monitoring purposes.

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Chris Hartwig uses InfluxDBInfluxDB

All our metrics go through InfluxDB, both applicative and system

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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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