Microsoft SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 is built to be an enterprise-grade RDBMS platform that delivers advanced reliability, security, performance, expandability, ease of administration, and business intelligence. Important features built into Microsoft SQL 2008 include application-independent encryption for guarding privacy, more reliable database mirroring and hot processor adds for zero-downtime, improved audit capability for regulatory compliance, SQL Server Management Studio for lowering management expenses, new synchronization services to accommodate occasionally connected users, easier report generation thanks to closer interaction with Microsoft Word, Excel, and SharePoint, and built-in handling full-text lookup to increase speed and streamline management.
MS SQL 2008 is offered in editions that address the requirements of organizations from small to global for fast ROI. The Enterprise edition is designed for high-end scenarios such as data warehousing or server consolidation. SQL Server 2008 Standard is engineered for small companies or departments who want the best-of-class RDBM platform for OLTP or reporting. The Workgroup edition provides protected and reliable online synchronization and management functions for satellite offices.
Progent's Microsoft-Premier SQL Server engineers offer an array of services to assist companies of all sizes to design, implement, manage, and troubleshoot Microsoft SQL 2008 solutions in order to gain the maximum competitive advantage from Microsoft's state-of-the-art information management technology. Also, Progent can provide assistance with network infrastructure, enterprise-wide security, and custom software development to increase the business benefit of your SQL Server 2008 investment. Progent can also assist your company to evaluate the potential risks and advantages of migrating from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can help you to design and carry out an efficient transition.
Enhancements to SQL 2008
SQL Server 2008 delivers important enhancements in critical categories such as protection, fault-tolerance, ease of administration, capability, business information, scalability, and performance.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 introduces application-independent encryption of complete databases, data files, or log files. This feature protects privacy without the need of modifying existing applications. More sophisticated tools for configuring and managing database audits enable companies to comply with regulations.
Microsoft's high-availability technology is designed to provide minimal system downtime by improved fault-tolerance, non-intrusive reconfiguration, and faster restoration following an unexpected failure. Improved database mirroring mitigates the impact of storage breakdowns, live-add CPU capability and online replication help avoid scheduled offline maintenance, and backup compression speeds up restore time.
- Ease of Administration
SQL Server 2008 simplifies policy administration and monitoring through automated functions built into Microsoft's Policy-Based Framework System. This lowers maintenance costs by enabling administrators to spend less time doing policy checking. Self tuning and monitoring is enabled by SQL Server's Performance Studio. SQL 2008's Resource Governor enables administrators to define resources for various workloads to deliver predictable response to users.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 enables the next generation of programs by supporting many varieties of structured and unstructured data like pictures, audio, video, time, and spatial data. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) accelerates software programming by supporting queries from C# and Visual Basic .NET.
- Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) simplify report authoring, administration, and delivery. SSRS enables you to create reports based on a broad range of data sources including multidimensional or XML-based. Reports can be accessed on the web, Word 2007 and Word 2010 and Excel 2007 and Excel 2010, or a SharePoint Server 2007 site. SQL 2008 Analysis Services deliver advanced data mining technologies and new Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office make information available at the desktop.
- Performance and Scalability
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 takes advantage of 64-bit CPUs and multi-processor hardware and is able to handle as much as eight TBytes of RAM. For multi-CPU environments, SQL Server 2008 avoids RAM bottlenecks by seamlessly handling NUMA-based computers. By supporting hot add-ins of processors and RAM memory, SQL 2008 allows you to scale a database solution up without bringing the production system down. Microsoft SQL 2008 also enables additional nodes to be added and connected online during replication activity.
SQL Server 2008 provides numerous isolation levels that support higher performance via concurrent transactions without losing read integrity. Performance and expandability are both increased by improved database compression, and managers are provided a powerful set of tools like SQL Server Integration Services to monitor and tune responsiveness.
How Progent's Engineers Offer SQL 2008 Support
Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants can assist your organization to select a version of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 suitable for your company's goals. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE engineers and Windows Server consultants can assist your small business to build a fault-tolerant, high-speed, and protected environment by providing failover clustering expertise and server virtualization help. Progent's SQL engineers can make sure you configures Microsoft SQL 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL-powered RDBM system is incorporated thoroughly with your business applications. Progent offers 24x7 server monitoring to make sure your corporate network is always available, and Progent's remote Help Desk Call Center is available to provide rapid solutions for SQL database issues. Progent's certified network protection engineers can assess your company-wide security policies and technologies and recommend improvements for more complete regulatory compliance.
Progent's certified consultants can also support fault-tolerant and high-speed backup and restore solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 data via Data Protection Manager (DPM). Progent's consultants can help you to create a practical disaster recovery strategy, implement an affordable high-availability network infrastructure, install a Microsoft Data Protection Manager-based backup and recovery system for Microsoft SQL 2008 Server data, thoroughly validate your system, train your administrative personnel or regular service providers how to manage DPM, or provide extensive information technology support outsourcing such as remote hosting of Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's world-class data center facility. To find out more, visit System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting Services.
Progent's SQL Server 2008 support experts can also assist your company to design and implement a smooth migration from MS SQL 2000 to SQL Server 2008 and can help your company to assess the strategic advantages and expense of a SQL Server 2005 upgrade to SQL 2008. Progent's consultants can help your company to configure the 64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server and can in addition provide engineering support for upgrading to 64-bit processing throughout your entire network. Progent can also help your organization to plan and execute an efficient migration to Microsoft SQL 2017 or deliver cost-effective remote or on-premises Microsoft SQL Server 2016 migration consulting.
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