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Microsoft SQL Server vs Redis: What are the differences?

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.

What is Redis? An in-memory database that persists on disk. 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.

Microsoft SQL Server can be classified as a tool in the "Databases" category, while Redis is grouped under "In-Memory Databases".

"Reliable and easy to use", "High performance" and "Great with .net" are the key factors why developers consider Microsoft SQL Server; whereas "Performance", "Super fast" and "Ease of use " are the primary reasons why Redis is favored.

Redis is an open source tool with 37.1K GitHub stars and 14.3K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Redis's open source repository on GitHub.

reddit, Instacart, and Slack are some of the popular companies that use Redis, whereas Microsoft SQL Server is used by Stack Exchange, MIT, and PedidosYa. Redis has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3239 company stacks & 1732 developers stacks; compared to Microsoft SQL Server, which is listed in 470 company stacks and 425 developer stacks.

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I am a Microsoft SQL Server programmer who is a bit out of practice. I have been asked to assist on a new project. The overall purpose is to organize a large number of recordings so that they can be searched. I have an enormous music library but my songs are several hours long. I need to include things like time, date and location of the recording. I don't have a problem with the general database design. I have two primary questions:

  1. I need to use either MySQL or PostgreSQL on a Linux based OS. Which would be better for this application?
  2. I have not dealt with a sound based data type before. How do I store that and put it in a table? Thank you.
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Hi Erin,

Honestly both databases will do the job just fine. I personally prefer Postgres.

Much more important is how you store the audio. While you could technically use a blob type column, it's really not ideal to be storing audio files which are "several hours long" in a database row. Instead consider storing the audio files in an object store (hosted options include backblaze b2 or aws s3) and persisting the key (which references that object) in your database column.

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Aaron Westley
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PostgreSQL

Hi Erin, Chances are you would want to store the files in a blob type. Both MySQL and Postgres support this. Can you explain a little more about your need to store the files in the database? I may be more effective to store the files on a file system or something like S3. To answer your qustion based on what you are descibing I would slighly lean towards PostgreSQL since it tends to be a little better on the data warehousing side.

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Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 3 upvotes · 27.8K views
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Amazon Aurora

Hi Erin! First of all, you'd probably want to go with a managed service. Don't spin up your own MySQL installation on your own Linux box. If you are on AWS, thet have different offerings for database services. Standard RDS vs. Aurora. Aurora would be my preferred choice given the benefits it offers, storage optimizations it comes with... etc. Such managed services easily allow you to apply new security patches and upgrades, set up backups, replication... etc. Doing this on your own would either be risky, inefficient, or you might just give up. As far as which database to chose, you'll have the choice between Postgresql, MySQL, Maria DB, SQL Server... etc. I personally would recommend MySQL (latest version available), as the official tooling for it (MySQL Workbench) is great, stable, and moreover free. Other database services exist, I'd recommend you also explore Dynamo DB.

Regardless, you'd certainly only keep high-level records, meta data in Database, and the actual files, most-likely in S3, so that you can keep all options open in terms of what you'll do with them.

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Christopher Wray
Web Developer at Soltech LLC · | 3 upvotes · 28.2K views

Hey Erin! I would recommend checking out Directus before you start work on building your own app for them. I just stumbled upon it, and so far extremely happy with the functionalities. If your client is just looking for a simple web app for their own data, then Directus may be a great option. It offers "database mirroring", so that you can connect it to any database and set up functionality around it!

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PostgreSQL

Hi Erin,

  • Coming from "Big" DB engines, such as Oracle or MSSQL, go for PostgreSQL. You'll get all the features you need with PostgreSQL.
  • Your case seems to point to a "NoSQL" or Document Database use case. Since you get covered on this with PostgreSQL which achieves excellent performances on JSON based objects, this is a second reason to choose PostgreSQL. MongoDB might be an excellent option as well if you need "sharding" and excellent map-reduce mechanisms for very massive data sets. You really should investigate the NoSQL option for your use case.
  • Starting with AWS Aurora is an excellent advise. since "vendor lock-in" is limited, but I did not check for JSON based object / NoSQL features.
  • If you stick to Linux server, the PostgreSQL or MySQL provided with your distribution are straightforward to install (i.e. apt install postgresql). For PostgreSQL, make sure you're comfortable with the pg_hba.conf, especially for IP restrictions & accesses.

Regards,

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Klaus Nji
Staff Software Engineer at SailPoint Technologies · | 1 upvotes · 27.8K views
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PostgreSQL

I recommend Postgres as well. Superior performance overall and a more robust architecture.

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Pros of Microsoft SQL Server
Pros of Redis
  • 137
    Reliable and easy to use
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    High performance
  • 94
    Great with .net
  • 65
    Works well with .net
  • 56
    Easy to maintain
  • 21
    Azure support
  • 17
    Always on
  • 17
    Full Index Support
  • 10
    Enterprise manager is fantastic
  • 9
    In-Memory OLTP Engine
  • 2
    Security is forefront
  • 1
    Columnstore indexes
  • 1
    Great documentation
  • 1
    Faster Than Oracle
  • 1
    Decent management tools
  • 1
    Easy to setup and configure
  • 1
    Docker Delivery
  • 877
    Performance
  • 535
    Super fast
  • 511
    Ease of use
  • 442
    In-memory cache
  • 321
    Advanced key-value cache
  • 190
    Open source
  • 179
    Easy to deploy
  • 163
    Stable
  • 153
    Free
  • 120
    Fast
  • 40
    High-Performance
  • 39
    High Availability
  • 34
    Data Structures
  • 32
    Very Scalable
  • 23
    Replication
  • 20
    Great community
  • 19
    Pub/Sub
  • 17
    "NoSQL" key-value data store
  • 14
    Hashes
  • 12
    Sets
  • 10
    Sorted Sets
  • 9
    Lists
  • 8
    BSD licensed
  • 8
    NoSQL
  • 7
    Async replication
  • 7
    Integrates super easy with Sidekiq for Rails background
  • 7
    Bitmaps
  • 6
    Open Source
  • 6
    Keys with a limited time-to-live
  • 5
    Strings
  • 5
    Lua scripting
  • 4
    Awesomeness for Free!
  • 4
    Hyperloglogs
  • 3
    outstanding performance
  • 3
    Runs server side LUA
  • 3
    Networked
  • 3
    LRU eviction of keys
  • 3
    Written in ANSI C
  • 3
    Feature Rich
  • 3
    Transactions
  • 2
    Data structure server
  • 2
    Performance & ease of use
  • 1
    Existing Laravel Integration
  • 1
    Automatic failover
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Object [key/value] size each 500 MB
  • 1
    Simple
  • 1
    Channels concept
  • 1
    Scalable
  • 1
    Temporarily kept on disk
  • 1
    Dont save data if no subscribers are found
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Cons of Microsoft SQL Server
Cons of Redis
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    Expensive Licensing
  • 2
    Microsoft
  • 12
    Cannot query objects directly
  • 1
    No WAL
  • 1
    No secondary indexes for non-numeric data types

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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.

What is 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.

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What are some alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server and Redis?
Oracle
Oracle Database is an RDBMS. An RDBMS that implements object-oriented features such as user-defined types, inheritance, and polymorphism is called an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). Oracle Database has extended the relational model to an object-relational model, making it possible to store complex business models in a relational database.
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.
Apache Aurora
Apache Aurora is a service scheduler that runs on top of Mesos, enabling you to run long-running services that take advantage of Mesos' scalability, fault-tolerance, and resource isolation.
Microsoft Access
It is an easy-to-use tool for creating business applications, from templates or from scratch. With its rich and intuitive design tools, it can help you create appealing and highly functional applications in a minimal amount of time.
MariaDB
Started by core members of the original MySQL team, MariaDB actively works with outside developers to deliver the most featureful, stable, and sanely licensed open SQL server in the industry. MariaDB is designed as a drop-in replacement of MySQL(R) with more features, new storage engines, fewer bugs, and better performance.
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Reviews of Microsoft SQL Server and Redis
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Redis

Redis is a good caching tool for a cluster, but our application had performance issues while using Aws Elasticache Redis since some page had 3000 cache hits per a page load and Redis just couldn't quickly process them all in once + latency and object deseialization time - page load took 8-9 seconds. We create a custom hybrid caching based on Redis and EhCache which worked great for our goals. Check it out on github, it's called HybriCache - https://github.com/batir-akhmerov/hybricache.

How developers use Microsoft SQL Server and Redis
Cloudcraft uses
Redis

Redis is used for storing all ephemeral (that's data you don't necessarily want to store permanently) user data, such as mapping of session IDs (stored in cookies) to current session variables at Cloudcraft.co. The many datastructures supported by Redis also makes it an excellent caching and realtime statistics layer. It doesn't hurt that the author, Antirez, is the nicest guy ever! These days, I would be really hard pressed to find any situation where I would pick something like Memcached over Redis.

Trello uses
Redis

Trello uses Redis for ephemeral data that needs to be shared between server processes but not persisted to disk. Things like the activity level of a session or a temporary OpenID key are stored in Redis, and the application is built to recover gracefully if any of these (or all of them) are lost. We run with allkeys-lru enabled and about five times as much space as its actual working set needs, so Redis automatically discards data that hasn’t been accessed lately, and reconstructs it when necessary.

Stack Exchange uses
Redis

The UI has message inbox that is sent a message when you get a new badge, receive a message, significant event, etc. Done using WebSockets and is powered by redis. Redis has 2 slaves, SQL has 2 replicas, tag engine has 3 nodes, elastic has 3 nodes - any other service has high availability as well (and exists in both data centers).

Brandon Adams uses
Redis

Redis makes certain operations very easy. When I need a high-availability store, I typically look elsewhere, but for rapid development with the ability to land on your feet in prod, Redis is great. The available data types make it easy to build non-trivial indexes that would require complex queries in postgres.

Brillium, Inc. uses
Microsoft 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.

Kent Steiner uses
Redis

I use Redis for cacheing, data storage, mining and augmentation, proprietary distributed event system for disparate apps and services to talk to each other, and more. Redis has some very useful native data types for tracking, slicing and dicing information.

Andrew Miller uses
Microsoft 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.

David Flynn uses
Microsoft 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.

Olo uses
Microsoft SQL Server

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

Arbor Health, LLC uses
Microsoft SQL Server

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