Knowing the Difference Between Access and SQL

When you’re migrating your Microsoft Office, one of the most significant issues involved is making sure Microsoft Access is appropriately prepared for the change. However, this can lead to confusion for many.  Not knowing which elements in your system is Microsoft Access and which are part of the SQL database? This guide will help you to recognize the differences from Microsoft Access to SQL Server.

The first thing to understand about Microsoft Access and SQL is that SQL is not an application. Instead, it’s a programming language. SQL stands for Structured Query Language. SQL is what your computer uses to communicate with a database like Microsoft Access. Many people refer to SQL as its own database because there are many database applications available that are also called SQL, but understanding the difference is essential.

Microsoft Access and other SQL databases differ in a variety of ways:

  • Database Size: Access databases, in general, are 2 GB minus the size need for system objects.  However, other SQL databases can hold over 500,000 TB.
  • Object Capacity: Access has a maximum of a little over 32,000 objects per database. SQL databases can have over 2 billion objects.
  • Databases in Access are composed of four objects: tables, queries, forms, and reports.  Whereas, a database object in SQL is any defined object in a database that is used to store or reference data.
  • Scalability: Database scalability is the ability to scale out or scale up a database.  Thus, allowing it to hold increasing amounts of data without sacrificing performance.  Click here for helpful information on how to upsize Microsoft Access to SQL Server.
  • Concurrent Users: Access has a limitation of 255 simultaneous users. Whereas other SQL databases can handle over 32,000 users at one time.
  • Usability: Access is an excellent application for creating modest databases or for users who may not be familiar with technical language. SQL databases are much more technical but have far more capacity.

With seamless integration to Microsoft Excel, Access is preferred by many users.  Microsoft programs translate data between different applications with ease, so Access is often utilized to create Excel spreadsheets into robust databases.

If you’re considering upsizing Microsoft Access to SQL Servers, knowing which files are which is essential.  Beyond understanding data, knowing SQL language that may be affected, how to fix potential issues is imperative.  For expert assistance, contact Converter Technology.  Here to help you through every step of the process, our team has superior knowledge to make the process simple.  Contact us today with our online forum.