Step-by-Step Guide

Step 5: Take advantage of 64-bit

If you can afford it, purchase a server that supports 64-bit architecture. SQL Server 2000 tests have shown at least a 20% improvement in 64-bit SQL Server performance over a 32-bit architecture, although your results may vary depending on your workload.

Keep in mind that SQL Server 2000 64-bit version does not offer the same functionality as SQL Server 2005 64-bit. For instance, there is no 64-bit DTS (Data Transformation Services), no DOS support and no sp_OA procedure support. In addition, some third-party vendors have not provided 64-bit OLE-DB drives and there are no 64-bit iFilters for SQL FTS (full-text search). It is clear that 32-bit architecture is swiftly moving to obsolescence with the performance improvements of the 64-bit architecture.

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 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Invest in good application design
 Step 2: Understand your workload
 Step 3: Know your memory support limitations
 Step 4: Choose a reliable hardware brand
 Step 5: Take advantage of 64-bit
 Step 6: Take advantage of storage area networks
 Step 7: Properly configure your RAID arrays
 Step 8: Use separate disk controllers
 Step 9: Choose and optimize your disks wisely
 Step 10: Optimize CPU activity and speed

Hilary Cotter
Hilary Cotter has been involved in IT for more than 20 years as a Web and database consultant. Microsoft first awarded Cotter the Microsoft SQL Server MVP award in 2001. Cotter received his bachelor of applied science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto and studied economics at the University of Calgary and computer science at UC Berkeley. He is the author of a book on SQL Server transactional replication and is currently working on books on merge replication and Microsoft search technologies.
Copyright 2006 TechTarget

This was first published in January 2006

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