Your SQL Server Strategy

Plot a Path to Success

Enterprise data centers are going through rapid change as technology advances. Yet the cost of maintaining — much less improving — legacy systems can drive operational costs through the roof and hamper innovation.

Combine these factors with the many improvements that come with Microsoft SQL Server, and you have many compelling reasons for migrating. 

Here are some steps you will want to take as you map out a plan for your data center.

Assess Data Demand

  • Assess the internal and external demands on your data to design a solution that provides users with the right level of support.
  • Determine the need for business intelligence solutions to ensure that your infrastructure can manage growing volumes of information.
  • Identify opportunities to improve end-user productivity and customer experience through increased scalability, reliability and security.

Reduce complexity, increase efficiency

  • Consolidate departmental servers into your data center to simplify management, backup and legal compliance strategies.
  • Virtualize multiple databases on multi-core servers to eliminate server sprawl, cut costs and enhance scalability.
  • Standardize on Microsoft SQL Server to derive the full benefits of the latest built-in features and tools.

Be Ready for Anything

  • Establish business continuity requirements to minimize scheduled or unscheduled downtime.
  • Outline auditing and compliance needs to ensure sensitive data is protected.
  • Develop disaster recovery strategies to ensure uptime and availability and to reduce risk.

Don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of allocating more and more dollars to merely maintain the status quo of your Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure. Together, Dell and Microsoft can help you drive down your IT costs without sacrificing your ability to innovate.

  1. Business Intelligence Solutions

    Dell Business Intelligence Consultants help you achieve higher value from their information assets in shorter timeframes and at lower costs.

  2. SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse for Dell

    Take the unknowns out of hardware selection and configurations for your Microsoft SQL Server data warehouse with the Microsoft SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse reference architecture for Dell servers.

  3. SQL Server Consolidation and TCO: Principled Technologies Test Report

    03 Apr 2012

    Explore the benefits of consolidating database servers with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and the Dell PowerEdge R720xd server.

  4. Achieve a High-Performance OLTP Database With SQL and PowerEdge R720

    10 Mar 2012

    Optimize your data center efficiency and achieve a high-performance OLTP database using Microsoft SQL Server and a Dell PowerEdge R720 server with onboard PCIe SSD storage.

  5. Database Consolidation on Dell PowerEdge R810 Servers

    01 Jun 2010

    Consolidate your Microsoft SQL Server 2000 instances from multiple older servers onto a single system running SQL Server 2008 Release 2 (R2). Save space, reduce costs and decrease power consumption.

  6. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2: Solution Brief

    17 May 2010

    With operational costs spiraling, IT departments need to be leaner, meaner and greener. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 software and Dell database platform solutions enable you to consolidate and virtualize existing servers and reduce everyday costs.

  7. SQL Server 2008 R2 Licensing Quick Reference Guide

    01 May 2010

    Understand the basics of how Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is licensed and sold in both physical and virtual environments.

  8. Reduce Costs and Increase SQL Server OLTP Workload Service Levels

    01 Apr 2010

    Learn the benefits of moving from legacy two-socket servers to new Dell PowerEdge 4/2-socket servers and the performance gains achieved while running SQL Server database workloads.

  9. Consolidate and Virtualize SQL Server on Dell Servers and Storage

    01 Jul 2009

    Obtain guidance and recommendations to help you design a consolidation and virtualization strategy for deploying Microsoft SQL Server software on the latest Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell EqualLogic Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage arrays.

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