Subject Re: [firebird-support] Firebird vs. MS SQL Server
Author Martijn Tonies
Hello Chris,

> >>Is there any documentation available that compares Firebird to MS SQL
> >>Server. I have numberous potential clients that do not wish to move
> >>from MS SQL because they already know of it. And I cannot provide them
> >>anything other than old InterBase documents that compare that version of
> >> InterBase with the then current version of MS SQL Server.
> >>
> >>If there are not some available, who (in the know) could create such
> >>documents? I do not possess enough knowledge of database systems to
> >>create something that would compel someone to move toward Firebird and
> >>be satisfied that it was stable, secure, etc.
> >
> >
> > I've built up a few notes when dealing with customers, but I don't get
> > much need to use them. The usual situation is that the 'users' will be
> > new clients not currently on the system, so we say we are quite happy to
> > work with MSSQL, THEN how much will the new client licences cost them.
> > We then ask what they get for that money. After that the discussion is
> > on integration rather than switching ;)
> >
> > I still have to talk to MSSQL, Oracle and other systems, but the core
> > work happens in Firebird, and we are slowly moving bits and pieces from
> > the 'old' systems onto the new framework.
> >
> The issue I have is our competitors us MS SQL and we use Firebird. We
> will sometimes be overlooked the second they here we dont use MS SQL. I
> would like to be able to show them "hey look it does everything MS SQL
> does and more and better and cheaper" etc.

Newsflash: Firebird doesn't do everything MS SQL does.

That being said - it also does some things that MS SQL doesn't :-)

>I need some kind of feature
> / technical comparison to show them. The old interbase ones aren't
> going to cut it , because then i have to not only say "well it says
> interbase but really it means Firebird too." and then I have to combat
> them when they say "oh thats the old MS SQL Server, the new one does it
> like this" and it doesnt have the latest/greatest Firebird editions.

You could start saying that Yukon starts implementing stuff that has been
in Firebird since the beginning (no-blocking-readers).

And yes, it's cheaper. But if you use MSDE, you don't have to pay
for MS SQL either.

Don't get me wrong, I like Firebird more :-)

With regards,

Martijn Tonies
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