• SQL Server Express (Free But Not For Mission Critical Workloads)

    Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.

    – President Ronald Reagan

    Recently a colleague informed me that a customer was thinking about using the Express edition of SQL Server for a mission critical workload.  Express edition is the entry-level, free database version of SQL Server.  It is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server data-driven applications.  It is not ideal for mission critical applications.  The customer obviously wanted to save on licensing costs, but I cringed at the thought.  Why?  Because when a mission critical application fails the person responsible for the decision to use the Express edition may end up in a depression.

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