Best Back End Database Solution

Hi. I am looking for some advice in terms of the best and most cost effective back end database for a commercial vb 2005 winforms application. The application will reside on the clients windows server and have a maximum of 20 users/connections. I am currently considering things like MySQL or SQL Server Express Edition. Initally the number of transactions and table records will be relatively low however this will grow over time. Can any advice also please detail licensing requirements and est. costs.
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newyuppieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
MySQL is free. well, there are some limitations, i think the only issue is that you must deploy your source code as well if you plan to use the free edition. i dont know about SQL Express. ç

if you pay for it, MySQL i think ranges from 600 to 5000 per year per server (https://shop.mysql.com/enterprise/). while SQL SErver ranges from 4000 to 25000 (http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/default.mspx)

MySQL is compatible with a lot of systems, while SQL Server only with Windows.

hope it helps
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
SQL Express is FREE.  It's MSSQL compatible, and should handle 20 user connections fine.  It has a database size limit of 4 GB, If I'm not mistaken (AT LEAST 2 GB).  So provided the database stays relatively small, it's more than sufficient for these purposes.  If the database/user base grows, you can just upgrade to MSSQL.  In smaller environments, your clients can use SBS to gget full SQL server support at a reasonable price.
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Jeff CertainConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There are also some issues using SQL Express as the parent (or master) for replication.

The SQL Server cost quoted above is a one-time cost, not annual... at least that's been my experience.
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I wouldn't believe the SQL prices quoted above.  SQL pricing really varies based on the version and number of processors you buy.  Further, the processor licenses don't count cores as processors.  So you could by a single processor license but use a quad core chip to effectively have 4 CPUs on the system with a one processor license - potentially great performance.  The prices quoted look to my like Enterprise pricing.  Workgroup and Standard editions of SQL could be just as good/appropriate for your application and cost much less.
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