SQL Server 2005 Express Edition: The Lightweight Application that Packs a Solid Punch

The SQL Server 2005 Express edition is ideal for desktop environments and medium to small servers.  This version of the SQL Server can be used by small networks and businesses to organize their database for productive use.  It can also be deployed to perform non-critical and less demanding database operations.

The Express edition is of SQL Server can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft network sites at no cost.  It is freeware application and can be redistributed on other workstations and servers without the need for exclusive licensing.   The lightweight and easy to install edition could open opportunities for lots of companies to improve their databases and enhance their business intelligence.

The SQL Server 2005 Express edition can also be upgraded to other more powerful SQL editions.  Previous database structures and attributes will not be lost if the Express edition is upgraded.  This is very useful if small and medium sized companies will expand their database to an overflow of information.  

The Express edition allows developers to create dynamic web service in order to deploy an online database solution.  This is typically implemented for ecommerce businesses and enterprise.  Web services features are common features of SQL Servers so the deployments made using Express editions can also be used on other SQL editions.

Aside from web services functionalities, the SQL Express edition provides excellent reporting capabilities with enhanced and comprehensive data query tools.  These functions could greatly improve organizational communications and could help disparate business units to collaborate efficiently and more effectively.