Making the best hardware choices for SQL Server is important to ensure efficiency, performance and an appropriate storage configuration. SQL Server hardware choices also impact scalability and BI systems. With more and more businesses moving to SQL Server virtualization, IT administrators should recognize how proper hardware selection facilitates workload management, consolidation and high availability. Scaling out with SQL Server is also complicated, entailing partitioned databases, federation and more. Often organizations scale up first.
Database administrators often find the decision-making process for choosing hardware for SQL Server challenging; they must select cost-effective hardware options while considering new technology advancements and various requirements. Building a SQL Server system is a complex task. How do you know which SQL Server tools are most important for your organization's needs?
This Essential Guide delivers expert advice on selecting SQL Server hardware, enhancing hardware performance, and instituting server consolidation and disaster recovery best practices.
1Choosing SQL Server hardware-
Selecting SQL Server hardware: Expert advice
Making the right hardware selections for SQL Server is important because hardware plays a part in performance and can facilitate virtualization efforts and other functions. The stories in this section offer advice on what to look for when purchasing SQL Server hardware, as well as common mistakes to avoid.
Learn what not to do when selecting hardware for SQL Server. Strong performance depends on the right choices. Continue Reading
Buying hardware for a virtualization host that runs SQL Server is different from selecting hardware for SQL Server itself. These tips will help you make informed decisions when buying hardware for SQL Server virtualization. Continue Reading
SQL Server hardware requirements: Performance, scalability and availability
Read tips from contributors in this section on meeting storage, performance, scalability and availability requirements for SQL Server hardware, including how to optimize performance with upgrade recommendations.
Get tips for choosing SQL Server hardware upgrades that will give performance a kick. Continue Reading
Learn how to maximize hardware performance with correct disk array configuration and disk partition alignment. Continue Reading
Scaling up is easier than scaling out. Apply these four tips to produce optimum performance. Continue Reading
Best practices for SQL Server consolidation, backup and disaster recovery
When it comes to server consolidation and disaster recovery, experts have advice for making good hardware decisions for SQL Server. The stories in this section explore proven strategies for successfully handling consolidation, failovers and backups and restores.
Read about traditional fault-tolerance configuration options, like failover clustering, and updated options, like database mirroring. Continue Reading
Learn failover methods and hardware considerations that will help should you need to go to the last resort. Continue Reading