MSSQL Server, namely Microsoft SQL Server, is a relational database management system (DBMS) released by Microsoft. The oldest version of this DBMS is SQL Server 1.0 dating back to 1989. Having been in the hosting field for more than 20 years, MSSQL Server developers have accumulated rich experience on DBMS development and deployed scores of versions, among which the latest one is SQL Server 2014, brought out in 2014. However, the most popular ones are SQL Server 2008R2 and SQL Server 2012, which are favored by more ASP.NET hosting providers.
The mainstream editions of MSSQL Server are Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard, Web, Business Intelligence, Workgroup, and Express. Each item comes with functions in different level and designs for certain users. You’d better check out the features of each edition before making a choice on the one you need most.
For instance, the Enterprise is created for enterprise website with high demand on storing a large amount of complex data and making use of web-enabled databases. The Workgroup is a solid choice for people who run a personal website or small-sized one without user limits. However, if you are just looking for a replacement of an Access database, the Express edition is what you want.