Microsoft SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 is built to be a world-class relational database management system that delivers advanced non-stop operation, security, responsiveness, expandability, manageability, and business intelligence. Significant enhancements incorporated into MS SQL Server 2008 include application-independent data encryption for preserving privacy, better mirroring and hot processor installations for zero-downtime, enhanced auditing for improved compliance, automated policy execution to cut administration expenses, consistent synchronization to accommodate occasionally connected devices, more comprehensive reporting through tighter integration with Microsoft Word, Excel, and SharePoint Server, and built-in handling full-text search to improve performance and simplify management.
SQL Server 2008 is offered in editions to meet the needs of organizations of any size for quick investment payback. The Enterprise edition is intended for large-scale scenarios such as data warehousing or advanced analytics. The Standard edition is engineered for small organizations looking for a cost-effective database platform for online transaction processing or analytics. The Workgroup edition provides protected and reliable online synchronization functions for branch offices.
Progent's Microsoft-Certified SQL Server consultants offer an array of services to help businesses of any size to plan, configure, manage, and troubleshoot SQL Server 2008 solutions in order to gain the maximum strategic advantage from Microsoft's state-of-the-art RDBM platform. Also, Progent can provide assistance with network architecture, company-wide security, and custom software development to optimize the strategic value of your SQL Server 2008 network. Progent can also help you to assess the risks and advantages of migrating from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can help you to plan and carry out a smooth transition.
Improvements to SQL 2008
SQL Server 2008 delivers significant enhancements in key areas including security, dependability, ease of administration, functionality, business information, expandability, and speed.
SQL 2008 introduces transparent data encryption of whole databases, files, or logs. This feature increases privacy without requiring modifying business applications. More sophisticated tools for specifying and administering audits allow companies to adhere to regulations.
SQL Server 2008's high-availability architecture is engineered to provide minimal system downtime by enhanced reliability, non-intrusive reconfiguration, and quicker restoration after an unplanned crash. Improved failover clustering reduces the impact of storage failures, live-add CPU capability and peer-to-peer replication can avoid scheduled offline maintenance, and archive compression speeds up recovery time.
SQL 2008 simplifies policy management and tracking via automated functions in Microsoft's Policy-Based Framework. This reduces support expenses by allowing administrators to save time in policy enforcement. Automatic tuning and troubleshooting is enabled by SQL Server's Performance Studio. Resource Governor allows managers to define priorities for various applications in order to deliver consistent response to end users.
SQL Server 2008 enables the next wave of programs by supporting multiple types of structured and semi-structured data like images, sound, video, time, and spatial data. LINQ accelerates application development by supporting data queries from Microsoft Visual C# and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.
- Management Reporting
SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services simplify report creation, administration, and delivery. SSRS enables companies to create business reports from a wide selection of data sources including multidimensional or XML-based. SQL Server Reports can be accessed on a web connection, Word 2007 and Word 2010 and Excel 2007 and Excel 2010, or an Office SharePoint site. SQL 2008 Analysis Services offer advanced data mining technologies and new Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office make business information accessible from the desktop.
- Speed and Scalability
SQL Server 2008 takes advantage of 64-bit processors and multi-core and multi-CPU systems and can access as much as 8 TBytes of memory. For multi-processor environments, SQL 2008 avoids RAM bottlenecks by transparently handling NUMA-based computers. By enabling hot add-ins of CPUs and RAM memory, SQL Server 2008 permits businesses to scale database services up without taking the production system down. Microsoft SQL 2008 also enables new database nodes to be connected online even during replication.
SQL Server 2008 includes numerous isolation mechanisms to allow increased performance via concurrent transactions without losing data integrity. Speed and expandability are also enhanced by more efficient database compression, and managers are given a powerful library of tools like Resource Governor and SQL Server Integration Services to monitor and control performance.
How Progent's Consultants Can Provide Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Support
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help your company to choose an edition of SQL Server 2008 suitable for your business goals. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE network experts and Windows Server professionals can help your business to build a fault-tolerant, high-performance, and secure infrastructure by offering clustering expertise and virtual server support. Progent's consultants can help your company installs SQL 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL Server data management solution is incorporated effectively with your application software. Progent can provide 24x7 network monitoring to make sure your business information system is healthy, and Progent's remote Help Desk is ready to offer quick resolutions for SQL database problems. Progent's certified computer security consultants can evaluate your business-wide security processes and mechanisms and suggest enhancements for better regulatory compliance.
Progent's expert consultants can also support fault-tolerant and high-performance backup and restore solutions for Microsoft SQL 2008 Server data via Microsoft DPM. Progent's support professionals can assist your company to develop an effective disaster recovery strategy, implement an affordable non-stop IT architecture, install a DPM-based backup and recovery system for MS SQL Server 2008 data, comprehensively test your DPM system, train your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to maintain DPM, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing including off-site housing of virtual or physical DPM servers in Progent's data center facility. For details, visit Microsoft Data Protection Manager Expertise.
Microsoft has indicated that SQL Server 2008 has arrived at end of support. This could result in ongoing problems concerned with compliance, compatibility, and maintenance expense. Progent's SQL Server 2008 consulting experts can assist your organization to design and carry out an efficient move from SQL 2008 to a modern release of Microsoft SQL Server and can assist your company to understand the business benefits of a SQL Server migration. Progent's consultants offer online and onsite consulting services such as SQL 2019 upgrade expertise and SQL Server 2017 configuration and development assistance.
To contact Progent about professional support for SQL Server technology, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.
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