Successful optimization of Microsoft SQL Server workloads requires more than robust hardware capable of delivering high performance and availability under demanding conditions. To truly successfully optimize your SQL Server workloads for the enterprise you need to take advantage of SQL Server enterprise feature set as well as optimally leveraging your IT infrastructure to address your core business requirements. Some of the key areas to plan for include:
- Availability -- Mission critical systems must be are to handle local user, software and hardware failures as well as disasters that might render entire data centers unavailable for extended periods of time. You’ll see how you can leverage SQL Server’s AlwaysOn technology for high availability and disaster recovery.
- Performance -- Enterprise database workloads need to be able keep pace with increasing demands for additional data storage and processing requirements – even when placed under heavy load by applications, users, and customers. You’ll see how SQL Server 2014’s In-Memory OLTP, Buffer Pool Extensions and Resource Governor all enable you to leverage the capabilities in your IT infrastructure to deliver maximum predictable performance.
- Security – In today’s enterprise simple protection of your sensitive data (either at rest or in transit) is no longer enough. In addition, you need to be able to handle auditing and enhanced regulatory compliance as well as possibility protecting your data in the cloud. You’ll see how SQL Server’s Transparent Data Encryption and advanced auditing features can protect your data and enable you to meet regulatory compliance standards.
- Extensibility – Now more than ever to help ensure strategic viability it’s vital that your systems provide interoperability and extensibility. You’ll learn how you can integrate SQL Server 2014 with Big Data solutions and use SQL Server’s built-in BI capabilities to build better business insights and improve your organization’s competitive advantage.
- Affordability -- In addition to managing overall budgetary concerns, you need to constantly evaluate total cost of ownership (TCO) and relative cost of ownership (RCO) of all your initiatives and investments. Selecting the right IT infrastructure can enable you to increase your server consolidation levels improving your operational efficiencies and simultaneously reducing your costs and licensing requirements.
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Michael Otey, senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several features articles showing how to take advantage of virtualization in the enterprise as well as reviewing all of the major virtualization products. He also previously served as technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro. Email him at [email protected]
Vadiraja Bhatt is a Performance Architect for last 3 years with the solutions and benchmarking division of UCS technical marketing team. Mr. Bhatt is a leading a team in Bangalore, India primarily focusing on developing solutions guides, Cisco Validated design and delivering industry standard benchmark numbers on UCS. His area of focus includes, Oracle Applications, Microsoft applications, best practices on UCS infrastructure offerings like VSPEX, Flexpod , Citrix Cloud Platform and OpenStack .
Frank Cicalese is currently a Technical Solutions Architect on the Data Center Solutions Architecture team. In this role, Frank serves as a subject matter expert for SQL Server, SharePoint and custom application development providing expert level guidance to customers on how to best develop and implement their Microsoft solutions on Cisco UCS.