SQL Server 2008: Standard vs Enterprise detailed feature comparison

Before choosing the right edition, you may want to know that there are many versions:

– Enterprise Edition
– Standard Edition
– Workgroup Edition
– Web Edition
– Compact Edition
– Express Edition
– SQL Server 2008 Express Edition.
– SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools.
– SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Tools

Standard vs Enterprise: Microsoft published a simple comparison sheet here and a detailed comparison here (PDF).
A full comparison sheet for Compact vs Express is available over here.

Basicly it comes down to a few mind breaking features.
The Enterprise Edition offers extra/extensive features like:
– To work with large amount of data (terabyte-style or billion-row fact-tables)
– More BI features available (such as parallel processing, cube partitioning, and text mining)
– Less downtown (by using online indexing, fast recovery, etc.)
– Replicate data from Oracle (if you want to)

But….the Standard Edition is significantly less expensive than the Enterprise Edition.

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