SQL Server is offered in several editions. Standard Edition is perfect for departmental databases that do not have high performance or availability requirements. Enterprise Edition, on the other hand, is intended for enterprise-wide databases and data warehouses. Database administrators face the challenge of keeping costs low while providing the required features and functionality for enterprise databases running on SQL Server. Database administrators may wonder which features make Enterprise Edition the smartest decision. The unique features of Enterprise Edition support three goals: Security, Performance, and Availability. Unlike other database platforms, the editions of SQL Server are complete. With SQL Server, you will not pay extra for features like database compression, table partitioning, or clustering when purchasing Enterprise Edition. In addition to the features supporting security, performance, and availability, SQL Server Enterprise also includes every feature available in the Business Intelligence Edition including the new BISM Tabular model and the exciting new data visualization tool, PowerView.