MS SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2008 ConsultantsMicrosoft SQL Server 2008 is built to represent a world-class RDBMS platform that delivers advanced availability, security, responsiveness, scalability, ease of administration, and analytics. Significant enhancements incorporated into MS SQL Server 2008 include transparent data encryption for preserving confidentiality, better database mirroring and hot processor plug in for zero-downtime, enhanced auditing features for regulatory compliance, SQL Server Management Studio to cut support expenses, consistent synchronization to support occasionally connected users, more comprehensive report generation through better interaction with Microsoft Word, Excel, and SharePoint 2007, and native handling full-text lookup to increase performance and simplify management.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is available in versions that meet the needs of businesses from small to global for quick return on investment. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is intended for high-end scenarios like OLTP or advanced analytics. SQL Server 2008 Standard is intended for small companies or departments who want a cost-effective RDBM solution for OLTP or management reporting. The Workgroup edition provides secure and reliable remote synchronization capabilities for branch offices.

Progent's Microsoft-Premier SQL consultants offer a range of services to assist companies of any size to design, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot MS SQL Server 2008 systems so that they realize the maximum competitive advantage from this advanced relational database platform. In addition, Progent offers help with network infrastructure, enterprise-wide protection, and application development to increase the strategic benefit of your SQL Server 2008 network. Progent can also assist you to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of upgrading from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can assist you to design and carry out an efficient migration.

New Features of Microsoft SQL 2008
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 delivers important enhancements in critical categories such as protection, fault-tolerance, manageability, capability, analytics, scalability, and speed.
  • Protection
    SQL 2008 introduces application-independent data encryption of whole databases, files, or logs. This guards privacy without the need of customizing existing applications. Improved tools for defining and administering audits enable companies to adhere to regulations.
  • Reliability
    SQL Server 2008's high-availability technology is engineered to provide near-zero system downtime by improved fault-tolerance, non-disruptive maintenance, and faster recovery after an unexpected failure. Improved clustering reduces the effect of storage failures, hot-add CPU support and online replication can avoid routine downtime, and archive compression speeds up recovery time.
  • Manageability
    Microsoft SQL 2008 simplifies policy administration and tracking via automated mechanisms in the Policy-Based Framework. This lowers support costs by enabling managers to save time in policy execution. Automatic tuning and troubleshooting is enabled by SQL Server's Performance Studio. SQL 2008's Resource Governor enables companies to define resources for various workloads in order to provide predictable response to SQL Server clients.
  • Capability
    SQL Server 2008 opens up a new wave of business applications by recognizing more classes of structured and unstructured data such as pictures, sound, video, date and time, and geographic data. Microsoft's LINQ speeds up software development by allowing queries from C# and VB.NET.
  • Business Intelligence
    SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services help with report authoring, management, and delivery. SSRS allows companies to design business reports from a wide range of sources including multidimensional or XML-based. SQL Server Reports can be accessed on the web, Microsoft Office Word and Excel 2007 and Excel 2010, or a SharePoint Server 2007 site. SQL 2008 Analysis Services offer sophisticated data mining capabilities and new add-ins for Microsoft Office make business information available from the desktop.
  • Performance and Expandability
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 works with 64-bit processors and multi-core and multi-processor. multi-core hardware and is able to access up to eight terabytes of RAM memory. For multi-processor systems, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 avoids RAM bottlenecks by seamlessly supporting NUMA-architected computers. By supporting hot expansion of processors and RAM memory, SQL 2008 permits companies to scale a database solution up without shutting the production system down. SQL 2008 also permits new nodes to be added and connected live during replication activity.

    SQL 2008 provides numerous isolation levels that allow increased throughput via concurrency while preserving data consistency. Performance and expandability are both increased by more efficient database compression, and managers are provided a powerful set of tools like SQL Server Analysis Services to monitor and tune responsiveness.

How Progent's Consultants Can Provide Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Help
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can assist you to select an edition of SQL Server 2008 that fits your company's goals. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers and Windows Server professionals can assist your small business to create a fault-tolerant, high-performance, and protected infrastructure by providing clustering consulting and server virtualization help. Progent's SQL experts can make sure your company configures Microsoft SQL Server 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL Server DBM system is integrated seamlessly with your applications. Progent can provide automated network monitoring to ensure your corporate network is always available, and Progent's remote Help Desk Call Center is available to provide quick solutions for SQL issues. Progent's certified computer security consultants can assess your business-wide security policies and technologies and recommend improvements for better protection.

Progent's certified engineers can also design high-availability and high-speed backup and restore solutions for SQL Server 2008 data with Microsoft DPM. Progent's consultants can assist your company to create an effective disaster recovery plan, implement an affordable non-stop network infrastructure, configure a Microsoft Data Protection Manager-based backup and restore solution for SQL 2008 Server data, thoroughly validate your DPM system, train your IT personnel or regular consultants how to manage DPM, or handle complete information technology support outsourcing such as remote housing of Microsoft DPM servers in Progent's data center. For details, go to Data Protection Manager (DPM) Consulting and Support Services.

Microsoft has indicated that MS SQL Server 2008 has reached end of support. This could cause chronic issues associated with security/compliance, compatibility, and service costs. Progent's certified SQL Server 2008 consultants can assist your business to design and carry out an efficient move from MS SQL 2008 to a modern version of SQL Server and can help your company to assess the strategic benefits of a SQL Server migration. Progent's experts can provide online and onsite consulting services such as Microsoft SQL 2019 migration expertise and SQL Server 2017 configuration and performance tuning expertise.

To contact Progent about technical expertise for SQL Server technology, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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