SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 ConsultantsSQL Server 2008 is engineered to be an enterprise-grade RDBMS platform that delivers advanced availability, protection, responsiveness, expandability, self-maintenance, and functionality. Significant innovations introduced by Microsoft SQL 2008 include transparent data encryption for assuring privacy, more reliable mirroring and live CPU adds for zero-downtime, improved auditing for improved compliance, Policy-Based Framework to cut management costs, new synchronization services to accommodate mobile devices, more complete report generation through closer integration with Office Word, Excel, and SharePoint 2007, and native handling full-text indexing to improve performance and streamline management.

MS SQL 2008 is offered in versions to address the requirements of companies from local to international for rapid return on investment. The Enterprise edition is intended for high-end applications such as data warehousing or server consolidation. SQL Server 2008 Standard is geared for small organizations who want the best-of-class database platform for online transaction processing or analytics. The Workgroup edition offers protected and reliable remote synchronization functions for remote applications.

Progent's Microsoft-Premier SQL engineers can provide an array of support services to assist organizations of all sizes to design, implement, administer, and troubleshoot MS SQL 2008 solutions in order to get the optimum strategic advantage from this state-of-the-art information management technology. Also, Progent can provide expertise for system infrastructure, company-wide security, and software development to optimize the strategic advantage of your SQL Server investment. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the potential pitfalls and benefits of upgrading from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can assist you to plan and carry out an efficient migration.

Enhancements to SQL Server 2008
SQL 2008 offers significant improvements in vital categories such as security, fault-tolerance, self management, capability, reporting, scalability, and performance.
  • Protection
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 introduces application-independent encryption of whole databases, files, or logs. This feature increases privacy without the need of customizing existing applications. Improved tools for configuring and administering database audits enable companies to comply with regulatory mandates.
  • Availability
    Microsoft's high-availability architecture is designed to provide near-zero downtime by improved fault-tolerance, non-intrusive maintenance, and quicker recovery after an unexpected failure. Improved failover clustering mitigates the impact of storage failures, live-add processor capability and peer-to-peer replication can avoid scheduled downtime, and archive compression speeds up recovery time.
  • Manageability
    SQL Server 2008 simplifies policy administration and tracking through automated functions in the Policy-Based Management system. This reduces maintenance expenses by allowing administrators to save time in policy execution. Automatic tuning and troubleshooting is enabled by SQL Server's Performance Studio. SQL 2008's Resource Governor allows administrators to define priorities for different applications in order to deliver predictable response to SQL Server clients.
  • Capability
    SQL Server 2008 enables the next generation of programs by supporting many types of structured and unstructured data like pictures, audio, video, date/time, and geographic data. Microsoft’s LINQ speeds up application development by allowing data queries from Microsoft Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET.
  • Reporting
    Microsoft SQL 2008 Reporting Services simplify report authoring, management, and delivery. SSRS allows you to create reports using a broad selection of data sources such as relational or multidimensional. SQL Server Reports can be viewed via the web, Word and Office Excel, or an Office SharePoint site. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services deliver advanced data mining technologies and new add-ins for Office 2007 make information accessible at the workstation.
  • Speed and Expandability
    SQL Server 2008 takes advantage of 64-bit CPUs and multi-core and multi-processor. multi-core hardware and can handle up to eight TBytes of RAM. For multi-processor systems, Microsoft SQL 2008 avoids RAM bottlenecks by seamlessly handling NUMA-architected computers. By enabling live add-ins of CPUs and RAM, SQL 2008 permits you to scale a database solution up without shutting the system down. Microsoft SQL 2008 also enables new nodes to be connected online during replication activity.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 includes numerous isolation levels to support increased performance via concurrency while preserving read consistency. Speed and scalability are also enhanced by more efficient database compression, and administrators are given a powerful set of utilities such as Performance Data Collector and Analysis Services to track and tune performance.

How Progent's Engineers Can Provide SQL 2008 Help
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants can help your company to choose a version of SQL 2008 suitable for your business needs. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers and Windows Server professionals can help your small business to build a fault-tolerant, high-performance, and protected environment by offering failover clustering consulting and virtual server support. Progent's SQL engineers can help your business configures SQL Server 2008 properly, and that your SQL-powered data management system is incorporated effectively with your business applications. Progent can provide 24x7 server monitoring to make sure your corporate network is healthy, and Progent's remote Technical Response Center is ready to offer rapid resolutions for SQL-related problems. Progent's certified data protection experts can assess your company-wide security policies and technologies and suggest enhancements for better protection.

Progent's certified engineers can also support fault-tolerant and high-performance disaster recovery systems for MS SQL 2008 Server data via Microsoft DPM. Progent's support professionals can assist your company to develop an effective workplace recovery strategy, implement an affordable high-availability IT infrastructure, configure a Microsoft DPM-powered recovery solution for Microsoft SQL 2008 Server data, thoroughly validate your system, train your administrative staff or local service providers how to manage DPM, or provide complete information technology outsourcing including off-site hosting of Microsoft DPM servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To read more, visit Data Protection Manager (DPM) Expertise.

Microsoft has stated that MS SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 have arrived at end-of-support status. This could create growing problems associated with security/compliance, manageability, and maintenance expense. Progent's SQL Server 2008 consulting experts can assist your business to design and execute an efficient move from SQL 2008 to a modern version of Microsoft SQL Server and can help your company to evaluate the strategic advantages of a SQL Server upgrade. Progent's experts can provide remote and on-premises services such as SQL 2019 migration support and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 integration and performance tuning assistance.

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