databases

Rank

MSSQL Server vs PostgreSQL

  1. There are good commercial tools for working with this database

    81% 19%
  2. This database can be a bit arcane

    67% 33%
  3. This database is easy for non-programmers to use

    64% 36%
  4. This database is good for querying time series

    62% 38%
  5. This database has a good story for replication

    58% 42%
  6. This database is highly scalable

    56% 44%
  7. This database has a very restrictive data model

    52% 48%
  8. I am familiar with this database

    52% 48%
  9. This database would be good for embedding in an application

    51% 49%
  10. This database is good at high concurrency writes

    50% 50%
  11. This database is good for heavily mathematical operations on data

    50% 50%
  12. This database is good for performing complex operations on large amounts of data

    49% 51%
  13. This database has very good read performance

    49% 51%
  14. This database has an unusual data model

    48% 52%
  15. It is easy to construct ad-hoc queries against this database

    48% 52%
  16. This database has very good write performance

    45% 55%
  17. This database is good at high concurrency reads

    45% 55%
  18. This database is very easy to get started with

    44% 56%
  19. This database is very reliable

    42% 58%
  20. This database has a very flexible data model

    41% 59%
  21. This database is good for performing many small operations on data

    39% 61%
  22. This database is good for querying graph structures

    36% 64%
  23. There are bindings for a variety of different languages to talk to this database

    33% 67%
  24. This database has a good community around it

    29% 71%
  25. This database has a low footprint

    18% 82%
  26. There are good open source tools for working with this database

    17% 83%

What's going on here?

The absolute rankings are interesting for large scale comparisons but when you want to know about two specific languages it's much more informative to look at how the two fare when they go directly head to head.

Here are all the statements which we've got enough comparisons between MSSQL Server and PostgreSQL to be meaningful and which of the two our users picked.

The order in which we're presenting them is a little arbitrary (sorry), but we've tried to put the things which they're both good at first so as to give you the most interesting picture of it.