SQL Server 2008
MS SQL Server 2008 is engineered to represent an enterprise-grade relational database management system that delivers superior dependability, privacy, speed, expandability, manageability, and business intelligence. Powerful innovations built into SQL Server 2008 include application-independent data encryption for preserving confidentiality, more reliable mirroring and hot processor adds for high availability, enhanced audit capability for easier compliance, policy-based management to minimize management costs, consistent synchronization to accommodate occasionally connected workers, more complete report generation through seamless interaction with Office Word, Excel, and SharePoint, and native handling full-text search to improve speed and streamline management.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is available in editions that address the requirements of businesses of all sizes for rapid return on investment. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is intended for high-end applications like online transaction processing or advanced analytics. SQL Server 2008 Standard is intended for smaller businesses looking for a cost-effective RDBM solution for online transaction processing or management reporting. SQL Server 2008 Workgroup provides secure and dependable online synchronization capabilities for satellite offices.
Progent's Microsoft-Certified SQL consultants offer an array of services to help organizations of any size to design, configure, administer, and troubleshoot SQL 2008 systems in order to receive the maximum strategic benefit from Microsoft's advanced relational database platform. Also, Progent can provide consulting expertise for network architecture, company-wide security, and software programming to increase the strategic advantage of your SQL Server 2008 investment. Progent can also assist your company to evaluate the risks and benefits of migrating from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can help you to plan and carry out a smooth transition.
Improvements to SQL 2008
Microsoft SQL 2008 delivers important improvements in key areas such as protection, availability, ease of administration, capability, analytics, scalability, and performance.
- Data Security
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 introduces application-independent encryption of entire databases, data files, or log files. This feature protects confidential data without requiring reprogramming applications. More sophisticated tools for defining and administering audits enable businesses to adhere to regulatory mandates.
Microsoft's high-availability architecture is engineered to provide near-zero system downtime by improved fault-tolerance, non-disruptive maintenance, and quicker restoration after an unexpected failure. Improved database mirroring mitigates the effect of device breakdowns, live-add processor support and peer-to-peer replication can reduce routine offline maintenance, and archive compression speeds up restore time.
SQL 2008 streamlines policy management and tracking through automated mechanisms in the Policy-Based Management system. This lowers support expenses by enabling administrators to automate policy checking. Automatic monitoring and troubleshooting is supported by Performance Studio. SQL 2008's Resource Governor enables administrators to control priorities for various workloads in order to deliver consistent response to users.
Microsoft SQL 2008 opens up a new wave of programs by recognizing more classes of structured and unstructured data like images, sound, moving video, time, and spatial data. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) speeds up software development by allowing queries from Visual C# and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.
- Business Intelligence
SQL 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) help with report creation, administration, and delivery. SSRS allows companies to design business reports from a wide selection of sources such as relational or XML-based. Reports can be viewed on a web connection, Word 2007 and Word 2010 and MS Excel, or an Office SharePoint site. Microsoft SQL 2008 Analysis Services deliver sophisticated data mining capabilities and new add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 make information accessible from the desktop.
- Performance and Scalability
Microsoft SQL 2008 works with 64-bit CPUs and multi-core and multi-processor. multi-core hardware and can handle as much as eight terabytes of memory. For multi-processor environments, SQL Server 2008 avoids memory traffic jams by seamlessly supporting NUMA-based servers. By supporting live add-ins of CPUs and memory, Microsoft SQL 2008 permits companies to scale database services up without shutting the system down. SQL 2008 also permits additional database nodes to be connected live during replication activity.
Microsoft SQL 2008 provides numerous isolation mechanisms that allow higher performance through concurrency without losing data consistency. Speed and scalability are both increased by more efficient database compression, and managers are provided a powerful library of tools such as SQL Server Integration Services to monitor and control responsiveness.
How Progent's Engineers Can Provide SQL 2008 Help
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants can help you to select an edition of SQL Server 2008 appropriate for your company's goals. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE engineers and Windows Server professionals can assist your company to create a high-availability, high-performance, and secure infrastructure by providing failover clustering expertise and virtual server help. Progent's consultants can help your business installs Microsoft SQL Server 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL-powered RDBM solution is integrated seamlessly with your business applications. Progent offers continuous network tracking to ensure your business network is working efficiently, and Progent's online Technical Response Center is ready to provide rapid solutions for SQL issues. Progent's certified data security experts can assess your company-wide security processes and mechanisms and suggest enhancements for more complete regulatory compliance.
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can also design fault-tolerant and high-performance disaster recovery solutions for MS SQL 2008 Server data with Microsoft DPM. Progent's support professionals can assist your company to create an effective workplace recovery strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerant IT architecture, deploy a Microsoft DPM-based recovery solution for MS SQL Server 2008 data, thoroughly test your DPM system, educate your IT personnel or local consultants how to manage Data Protection Manager, or handle extensive information technology outsourcing including off-site hosting of Microsoft DPM machines in Progent's secure data center. To read more, see Microsoft DPM Consulting.
Progent's SQL 2008 support professionals can also help your company to prepare for and execute an efficient upgrade from MS SQL 2000 to SQL Server 2008 and can help you to understand the strategic advantages and expense of a MS SQL 2005 migration to SQL Server 2008. Progent's engineers can help your company to configure the 64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL and can in addition offer consulting support for upgrading to 64-bit computing throughout your whole network. Progent's consultants can also help your organization to design and execute an efficient migration to Microsoft SQL 2017 or deliver affordable online or onsite SQL Server 2016 upgrade expertise.
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