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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012: A Beginner’s Guide, Fifth Edition by Dusan Petkovic

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Introduction
There are a couple of reasons why SQL Server, the system that comprises the Database Engine, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, Integration Services, and SQLXML, is the best choice for a broad spectrum of end users and database programmers building business applications:
arrow    SQL Server is certainly the best system for Windows operating systems, because of its tight integration (and low pricing). Because the number of installed Windows systems is enormous and still increasing rapidly, SQL Server is a widely used database system.
    The Database Engine, as the relational database system component, is the easiest database system ...

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