Ovid has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I have searched for the answer to this to no avail :(

Does anyone know of a DBD driver specific for Microsoft's SQL Server that I can use with DBI? I am specifically not looking for DBDx::MSSQLReporter, which is standalone. I am also not looking to use DBD::ODBC because my new boss has specifically asked if there was one that can connect directly to the server (to be fair, I'm not familiar enough with ODBC to be sure if this is really an issue or not).

Any information on this subject would be greatly appreciated. I'm also wondering if there is a performance hit with using ODBC as opposed to connecting to the database directly.