Microsoft SQL Server 2008
MS SQL Server 2008 is engineered to represent an enterprise-grade RDBMS platform that offers advanced non-stop operation, protection, responsiveness, expandability, ease of administration, and analytics. Important innovations incorporated into SQL Server 2008 include application-independent encryption for guaranteeing privacy, more reliable database mirroring and hot processor plug in for non-stop operation, improved auditing for improved compliance, Policy-Based Framework for lowering support costs, consistent synchronization to accommodate mobile workers, easier report generation through better integration with Microsoft Word, Excel, and SharePoint Server 2007, and built-in support for full-text search to improve speed and streamline management.
Microsoft SQL 2008 is offered in versions that address the requirements of organizations from small to global for quick return on investment. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is designed for high-end applications like OLTP or server consolidation. SQL Server 2008 Standard is intended for smaller businesses looking for a cost-effective RDBM platform for OLTP or analytics. The Workgroup edition provides protected and reliable remote synchronization functions for remote applications.
Progent's Microsoft-qualified SQL engineers can provide a range of services to assist businesses of all sizes to design, configure, manage, and repair SQL 2008 solutions in order to gain the maximum business advantage from this state-of-the-art information management technology. Also, Progent offers assistance with system infrastructure, enterprise-wide security, and software programming to optimize the strategic advantage of your information investment. Progent can also help you to evaluate the risks and benefits of migrating from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012, and can assist you to design and carry out a smooth transition.
New Features of SQL Server 2008
Microsoft SQL 2008 offers significant improvements in critical categories such as security, dependability, ease of administration, capability, analytics, expandability, and performance.
SQL Server 2008 offers transparent data encryption of entire databases, data files, or logs. This protects confidential data without requiring reprogramming business applications. Improved mechanisms for configuring and administering database audits enable organizations to meet regulatory mandates.
Microsoft's high-availability technology is engineered to provide near-zero downtime by improved reliability, non-disruptive maintenance, and quicker recovery following an unplanned crash. Advanced failover clustering mitigates the impact of hardware failures, live-add CPU capability and online replication can reduce scheduled offline maintenance, and archive compression speeds up recovery time.
- Ease of Administration
Microsoft SQL 2008 streamlines policy administration and monitoring through intelligent mechanisms in Microsoft's Policy-Based Management system. This reduces maintenance costs by allowing managers to automate policy execution. Self tuning and troubleshooting is enabled by SQL Server's Performance Studio. Resource Governor allows managers to define priorities for various workloads in order to deliver consistent performance to SQL Server clients.
Microsoft SQL 2008 opens the door for the next generation of programs by recognizing more classes of structured and semi-structured data such as pictures, audio, video, date and time, and geospatial data. LINQ accelerates software development by allowing data queries from C# and Visual Basic .NET.
- Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services simplify report creation, administration, and delivery. SSRS enables companies to create business reports based on a broad selection of sources such as relational or multidimensional. SQL Server Reports can be viewed via the web, Word and Excel, or a SharePoint Server 2007 site. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services offer sophisticated data mining capabilities and new Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 make information accessible from the desktop.
- Speed and Scalability
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 takes advantage of 64-bit processors and multi-processor hardware and is able to access up to 8 TBytes of memory. For multi-CPU systems, SQL 2008 avoids memory bottlenecks by seamlessly handling NUMA-based servers. By enabling live add-ins of processors and RAM memory, Microsoft SQL 2008 allows companies to scale database services up without taking the production system down. SQL 2008 also enables new database nodes to be connected online during replication.
SQL Server 2008 includes numerous isolation levels to support higher performance through concurrency without losing data consistency. Performance and expandability are both increased by more efficient database compression, and managers are provided a powerful library of tools such as Resource Governor and SQL Server Integration Services to track and tune performance.
How Progent's Engineers Can Provide SQL Server 2008 Support
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can assist you to choose a release of SQL Server 2008 suitable for your company's needs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network experts and Microsoft Windows Server consultants can assist your company to build a high-availability, high-speed, and secure infrastructure by providing cluster technology expertise and virtual server help. Progent's SQL experts can make sure your organization installs Microsoft SQL Server 2008 properly, and that your SQL-powered data management system is integrated thoroughly with your application software. Progent can provide 24x7 server tracking to make sure your business network is healthy, and Progent's remote Help Desk Call Center is ready to offer quick resolutions for SQL-related issues. Progent's certified network security engineers can evaluate your business-wide security policies and technologies and suggest improvements for better regulatory compliance.
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can also design high-availability and high-speed backup and restore systems for MS SQL 2008 Server data via Microsoft Data Protection Manager. Progent's consultants can assist you to develop a practical business continuity plan, design a cost-effective fault-tolerant network infrastructure, deploy a Data Protection Manager-powered recovery solution for SQL Server 2008 data, comprehensively validate your system, educate your IT personnel or regular service providers how to maintain DPM, or provide extensive IT support outsourcing such as off-site housing of Microsoft Data Protection Manager servers in Progent's secure data center. For details, go to Microsoft Data Protection Manager Consulting.
Progent's SQL Server support experts can also help your organization to prepare for and execute a smooth upgrade from SQL Server 2000 to SQL 2008 and can help your company to evaluate the business benefits and costs of a MS SQL 2005 upgrade to SQL Server 2008. Progent's engineers can help your company to set up the 64-bit edition of SQL Server and can also offer engineering help for upgrading to 64-bit processing across your whole IT environment. Progent's SQL Server experts can also help you to design and carry out an efficient upgrade to SQL Server 2014 or provide cost-effective remote or on-premises Microsoft SQL Server 2016 upgrade assistance.
To contact Progent about consulting help for SQL Server integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
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