SQL Server 2008
MS SQL Server 2008 is designed to be a world-class RDBMS platform that provides superior availability, privacy, speed, scalability, self-maintenance, and capability. Powerful innovations built into Microsoft SQL 2008 include application-independent data encryption for guarding confidentiality, more reliable mirroring and live CPU installations for high availability, improved auditing features for improved compliance, Policy-Based Framework for lowering support expenses, consistent synchronization to support occasionally connected devices, more comprehensive report generation through closer integration with MS Word, Excel, and SharePoint Server, and native support for full-text lookup to improve speed and simplify management.
MS SQL Server 2008 is available in versions to meet the requirements of businesses of any size for quick ROI. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is designed for high-end applications such as OLTP or advanced analytics. The Standard edition is intended for smaller businesses who want a cost-effective RDBM solution for online transaction processing or reporting. The Workgroup edition offers protected and dependable online synchronization and management capabilities for branch offices.
Progent's Microsoft-Certified SQL Server consultants offer a range of services to assist businesses of all sizes to design, deploy, manage, and repair Microsoft SQL 2008 systems so that they gain the optimum strategic advantage from Microsoft's state-of-the-art relational database platform. Also, Progent offers assistance with network infrastructure, company-wide protection, and software development to increase the business value of your IT network. Progent can also help you to assess the risks and advantages of upgrading from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can help you to design and carry out an efficient transition.
Improvements to Microsoft SQL 2008
SQL 2008 delivers significant improvements in vital areas including security, reliability, manageability, capability, analytics, expandability, and performance.
Microsoft SQL 2008 introduces transparent data encryption of entire databases, files, or log files. This feature enhances privacy without requiring changing existing applications. Improved tools for configuring and managing database audits help companies to meet regulations.
SQL Server 2008's high-availability technology is designed to achieve near-zero system downtime by enhanced reliability, non-disruptive reconfiguration, and faster recovery following an unplanned crash. Improved clustering mitigates the effect of hardware breakdowns, live-add processor capability and online replication help reduce routine downtime, and backup compression speeds up restore time.
- Ease of Administration
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 simplifies policy administration and monitoring via automated functions built into Microsoft's Policy-Based Framework System. This reduces maintenance costs by enabling administrators to save time in policy checking. Automatic tuning and troubleshooting is supported by SQL Server's Performance Studio. SQL 2008's Resource Governor enables managers to define priorities for various applications to deliver consistent performance to end users.
SQL Server 2008 opens the door for the next wave of business applications by supporting multiple types of structured and semi-structured data like pictures, sound, video, date/time, and spatial data. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) speeds up software development by allowing data queries from Visual C# and VB.NET.
SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services simplify report creation, management, and distribution. SSRS enables companies to create reports from a wide range of sources such as relational or XML-based. SQL Server Reports can be viewed via a web connection, Microsoft Office Word and MS Excel, or a SharePoint site. SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services offer advanced data mining technologies and new Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office make information accessible from the workstation.
- Speed and Expandability
Microsoft SQL 2008 supports 64-bit CPUs and multi-core and multi-processor. multi-core hardware and can handle up to 8 terabytes of RAM. For multi-processor systems, Microsoft SQL 2008 eliminates memory traffic jams by transparently supporting NUMA-based servers. By supporting live add-ins of CPUs and RAM memory, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 allows companies to scale a database solution up without taking the server down. SQL Server 2008 also enables new nodes to be added and connected online during replication activity.
SQL 2008 provides numerous isolation mechanisms that allow higher throughput via concurrent transactions without losing data consistency. Speed and scalability are both enhanced by improved database compression, and administrators are provided a rich set of utilities such as Resource Governor and SQL Server Integration Services to track and control responsiveness.
How Progent's Consultants Can Provide Microsoft SQL 2008 Support
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help your organization to select a release of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 appropriate for your company's goals. Progent's Cisco-premier CCIE network engineers and Windows Server professionals can help your company to build a high-availability, high-speed, and protected infrastructure by providing clustering consulting and server virtualization help. Progent's SQL engineers can help your business installs Microsoft SQL 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL Server DBM system is incorporated effectively with your applications. Progent can provide automated network tracking to ensure your business network is always available, and Progent's online Help Desk Call Center is ready to provide quick resolutions for SQL database problems. Progent's certified computer protection consultants can evaluate your business-wide security policies and technologies and suggest enhancements for better protection.
Progent's expert consultants can also integrate high-availability and high-speed disaster recovery systems for MS SQL Server 2008 data with Data Protection Manager (DPM). Progent's engineers can assist you to create an effective business continuity plan, design a cost-effective fault-tolerant network infrastructure, deploy a Microsoft DPM-powered backup and recovery system for Microsoft SQL 2008 Server data, comprehensively validate your system, train your administrative personnel or local service providers how to maintain Microsoft Data Protection Manager, or provide complete IT outsourcing such as off-site hosting of Microsoft Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's data center facility. For more information, see Data Protection Manager (DPM) Expertise.
Microsoft has stated that SQL Server 2008 has arrived at end of support. This can create chronic problems concerned with compliance, compatibility, and maintenance expense. Progent's SQL Server 2008 consulting experts can assist your business to design and execute a cost-effective upgrade from SQL Server 2008 to a modern release of SQL Server and can help you to understand the strategic benefits of a Microsoft SQL Server migration. Progent's consultants can provide online and onsite services such as SQL 2019 migration expertise and SQL Server 2017 configuration and development expertise.
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