Microsoft SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 ConsultantsMS SQL Server 2008 is built to represent an enterprise-grade RDBMS platform that delivers superior fault tolerance, privacy, responsiveness, scalability, ease of administration, and analytics. Significant enhancements built into MS SQL Server 2008 include transparent encryption for guaranteeing privacy, more reliable mirroring and live CPU installations for non-stop operation, improved auditing features for improved compliance, policy-based management for reducing support costs, consistent synchronization to support occasionally connected workers, more comprehensive reporting thanks to seamless interaction with MS Word, Excel, and SharePoint Server, and native support for full-text search to improve speed and simplify administration.

MS SQL 2008 is offered in editions to address the requirements of organizations from local to international for fast return on investment. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is intended for high-end applications like online transaction processing or server consolidation. SQL Server 2008 Standard is intended for smaller businesses who want a cost-effective RDBM platform for OLTP or reporting. SQL Server 2008 Workgroup offers secure and dependable remote synchronization and management functions for satellite offices.

Progent's Microsoft Gold certified SQL consultants can provide an array of support services to assist businesses of all sizes to design, configure, administer, and troubleshoot SQL Server 2008 solutions so that they realize the maximum competitive benefit from Microsoft's advanced relational database platform. In addition, Progent offers help with network infrastructure, enterprise-wide protection, and software development to increase the business advantage of your IT network. Progent can also help your company to assess the pitfalls and benefits of migrating from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can assist you to design and execute an efficient migration.

New Features of SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 offers significant enhancements in key categories such as security, fault-tolerance, ease of administration, capability, business information, expandability, and performance.

  • Data Security
    SQL Server 2008 introduces transparent encryption of entire databases, data files, or log files. This feature protects privacy without the need of changing existing applications. More sophisticated tools for defining and managing database audits help companies to comply with regulatory mandates.
  • Availability
    SQL Server 2008's high-availability technology is designed to provide minimal downtime by improved fault-tolerance, non-disruptive maintenance, and faster recovery following an unplanned failure. Improved clustering reduces the effect of storage breakdowns, hot-add processor support and peer-to-peer replication help reduce scheduled downtime, and backup compression speeds up restore time.
  • Manageability
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 simplifies policy management and monitoring through intelligent functions in the Policy-Based Management system. This lowers support costs by allowing managers to spend less time doing policy enforcement. Self monitoring and troubleshooting is enabled by SQL Server's Performance Studio. SQL 2008's Resource Governor enables managers to control resources for different applications in order to provide consistent response to SQL Server clients.
  • Functionality
    SQL 2008 opens the door for a new wave of programs by recognizing multiple classes of structured and unstructured data such as pictures, audio, moving video, date/time, and geospatial data. Microsoft’s LINQ speeds up application programming by allowing data queries from Visual C# and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.
  • Reporting
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) simplify report creation, management, and delivery. SSRS allows companies to design reports from a broad selection of sources such as relational or multidimensional. SQL Server Reports can be viewed over a web connection, Office Word and MS Excel, or a SharePoint Server 2007 site. SQL 2008 Analysis Services offer sophisticated data mining capabilities and new Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 make business information available from the workstation.
  • Speed and Scalability
    SQL Server 2008 supports 64-bit processors and multi-core and multi-processor. multi-core hardware and is able to address as much as 8 TBytes of RAM. For multi-processor systems, SQL 2008 avoids RAM traffic jams by seamlessly supporting NUMA-architected servers. By supporting live expansion of CPUs and memory, SQL Server 2008 allows companies to scale a database solution up without taking the production system down. Microsoft SQL 2008 also permits additional nodes to be connected live during replication.

    SQL 2008 provides a variety of isolation mechanisms to support higher performance through concurrency without losing data consistency. Speed and expandability are both enhanced by improved database compression, and administrators are provided a rich library of tools such as SQL Server Analysis Services to track and tune responsiveness.

How Progent's Consultants Can Provide SQL 2008 Support
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help your company to select a version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 that fits your company's goals. Progent's Cisco-qualified CCIE engineers and Windows Server consultants can assist your business to create a fault-tolerant, high-speed, and protected infrastructure by offering failover clustering consulting and server virtualization help. Progent's SQL engineers can make sure you installs Microsoft SQL Server 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL-powered data management system is incorporated thoroughly with your applications. Progent offers continuous network monitoring to ensure your business information system is working efficiently, and Progent's online Technical Response Center is ready to provide fast remediation for SQL issues. Progent's certified computer security experts can evaluate your business-wide security policies and technologies and suggest enhancements for more complete protection.

Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can also integrate fault-tolerant and high-performance disaster recovery systems for Microsoft SQL 2008 Server data with Microsoft DPM. Progent's engineers can assist your company to create an effective disaster recovery plan, design an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery system for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 data, comprehensively test your DPM system, educate your administrative staff or local service providers how to maintain Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing services including remote hosting of Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center. To read more, see Data Protection Manager (DPM) Consulting and Support Services.

Progent's SQL Server 2008 consulting experts can also assist your company to design and execute an efficient upgrade from Microsoft SQL Server 2K to SQL Server 2008 and can help you to evaluate the business benefits and expense of a SQL Server 2005 upgrade to SQL 2008. Progent's consultants can assist you to configure the 64-bit edition of SQL Server and can in addition provide engineering help for upgrading to 64-bit computing across your whole network. Progent's SQL Server experts can also assist your organization to plan and carry out an efficient upgrade to SQL Server 2014 or provide affordable online or onsite SQL Server 2016 upgrade consulting services.

To ask Progent about consulting help for Microsoft SQL Server environments, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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