MS SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 ServicesMicrosoft SQL Server 2008 is engineered to be a world-class RDBMS platform by providing advanced availability, security, speed, scalability, self-maintenance, and business analytics. Powerful features incorporated into Microsoft SQL Server 2008 include transparent encryption for assuring privacy, better database mirroring and live CPU plug in for zero-downtime, improved audit capability for regulatory compliance, automated policy execution for reducing management expenses, consistent synchronization to support occasionally connected workers, easier report generation through seamless integration with Microsoft Word, Excel, and SharePoint Server, and native handling full-text indexing to improve speed and simplify administration.

SQL 2008 is offered in versions that address the needs of organizations of any size for rapid ROI. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is intended for high-end scenarios such as data warehousing or advanced analytics. The Standard edition is geared for small companies or departments who want the best-of-class RDBMS platform for OLTP or business intelligence. The Workgroup edition offers protected and reliable remote synchronization functions for remote applications.

Progent's Microsoft qualified SQL Server engineers can provide an array of services to assist businesses of any size to plan, configure, manage, and troubleshoot MS SQL Server 2008 systems in order to receive the optimum strategic benefit from Microsoft's advanced RDBMS platform. In addition, Progent can provide assistance with network architecture, company-wide security, and application programming to increase the strategic benefit of your SQL Server investment. Progent can also help you assess the risks and benefits of migrating from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014, and can assist you to plan and carry out an efficient migration.

Enhancements to Microsoft SQL Server 2008
SQL 2008 delivers important enhancements over previous versions of SQL Server in critical areas including security, dependability, ease of administration, functionality, business information, scalability, and performance.

  • Data Security
    SQL 2008 offers application-independent encryption of entire databases, data files, or logs. This feature enhances confidential data without the need of reprogramming existing applications. More sophisticated tools for specifying and administering database audits help companies to comply with regulatory mandates.
  • Availability
    Microsoft's high-availability architecture is engineered to achieve minimal downtime by improved fault-tolerance, non-disruptive maintenance, and quicker restoration after an unexpected failure. Improved clustering mitigates the effect of hardware failures, hot-add processor support and online replication can avoid scheduled downtime, and backup compression minimizes restore time.
  • Manageability
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 streamlines policy management and tracking via intelligent mechanisms in Microsoft's Policy-Based Management system. This reduces maintenance costs by enabling managers to automate policy checking. Automatic tuning and troubleshooting is enabled by SQL Server's Performance Studio. Resource Governor enables companies to define resources for different applications to provide consistent response to users.
  • Capability
    SQL 2008 opens the door for a new generation of business applications by recognizing many types of structured and unstructured data such as pictures, sound, moving video, date/time, and geographic data. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) accelerates application programming by supporting data queries from Microsoft Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET.
  • Reporting
    SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services simplify report authoring, administration, and delivery. SSRS enables companies to design business reports from a wide selection of data sources such as relational or XML-based. SQL Server Reports can be accessed on a web connection, Office Word and Excel 2007 and Excel 2010, or an Office SharePoint site. SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services offer sophisticated data mining technologies and new Data Mining Add-ins for Office 2007 make business information available at the desktop.
  • Speed and Expandability
    Microsoft SQL 2008 supports 64-bit processors and multi-core and multi-CPU systems and is able to access up to 8 TB of memory. For multi-processor environments, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 avoids memory traffic jams by seamlessly supporting NUMA-based computers. By enabling live add-ins of CPUs and RAM, SQL 2008 allows companies to scale database services up without shutting the production system down. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 also enables new database nodes to be added and connected online during replication activity. Microsoft SQL 2008 includes a variety of isolation mechanisms to support higher throughput via concurrent transactions without losing read integrity. Speed and scalability are both increased by more efficient data compression, and administrators are given a powerful set of utilities like Performance Data Collector and Analysis Services to monitor and control performance.
How Progent's Engineers Offer SQL 2008 Help
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants can help your organization to choose an edition of SQL 2008 that makes sense for your business goals. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE engineers and Windows Server professionals can help your organization to create a high-availability, high-speed, and protected infrastructure by providing clustering expertise and virtual server help. Progent's SQL experts can help your organization installs Microsoft SQL Server 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL-powered database system is incorporated seamlessly with your applications. Progent can provide automated network monitoring to ensure your corporate network is always available, and Progent's online Help Desk Call Center is available to provide quick solutions for SQL database issues. Progent's certified data protection consultants can evaluate your business-wide security processes and mechanisms and recommend improvements for better regulatory compliance.

Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can also integrate fault-tolerant and high-speed backup and restore systems for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 data via Data Protection Manager (DPM). Progent's engineers can assist you to create an effective business continuity plan, design a cost-effective fault-tolerant network infrastructure, install a Microsoft DPM-powered recovery system for SQL 2005 Server data, comprehensively validate your DPM system, train your IT personnel or local service providers how to manage Data Protection Manager, or handle extensive information technology support outsourcing including off-site hosting of Microsoft DPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. For details, go to System Center Data Protection Manager Expertise.

Progent's SQL Server consultants can support your current SQL Server 2008 environment or provide project management services for upgrading to SQL Server 2014 or migrating to SQL Server 2016.

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