SQL Server is Microsoft's "heavyweight" database management
system. Based on IBM's SQL (Structured Query Language), it
features a powerful relational database engine. Unlike Access,
this product is not for the novice user. It is used for
serious applications development requiring simultaneous access to a
database by many users.
While Access can easily allow a dozen users to update the database
simultaneously, and scores of users to access information at the
same time, it was not intended for applications that require
considerably more simultaneous access. Thus, a web site, as an
example, which is projected to attract hundreds of simultaneous
users, would not use Access. Rather, the database would be SQL
Server. The actual SQL queries, however, which retrieve and
update the data, would be almost identical to the ones used for
Access. We've been using SQL since the 80's...
we at Corporate Technology pronounce it "sequel", you may
also hear it called S-Q-L.