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Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. MSSQL operates on Windows, but there are also cross-platform and Docker versions. The database allows for complex querying, indexing, stored procedures, JSON support and integration with Azure cloud services. With options like AlwaysOn Availability Groups for high availability and security features such as Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) and Dynamic Data Masking, Microsoft SQL Server caters to enterprise-level data storage and retrieval needs while remaining accessible to smaller businesses looking to scale their operations over time.