Although it has been two weeks since my last post, I have not been on vacation. I have a few posts that will come out over the next few days, but I wanted to write up a small post to tell you that I have two new white papers that have just been published by SQL Serve Magazine for DELL.

How to Guide: SQL Server 2005 Consolidation

As organizations around the world increase the number of applications that collect and utilize data, they are increasing the number of servers that must be used for both the collection and storage of that data. Data centers designed to hold dozens of servers are now holding hundreds. System administrators have grown in number and are faced with the problem of running these hundreds of servers in data centers with inadequate power and inadequate cooling. As these administrators face this surge of new hardware, management faces the ever increasing costs of running the data centers. Power costs, hardware costs, and personnel costs are rising and straining budgets. To overcome this budget-bursting surge of equipment and manpower, server manufacturers have created larger and larger servers capable of handling the workload of multiple smaller servers. System administrators and management are now finding that a new process—consolidation—has come into place that will allow the replacement of multiple, smaller machines with larger more powerful servers. Consolidation is the grouping of multiple applications or databases on one server. Whether this consolidation takes place through the virtualization of servers—multiple servers running independently on a host server—or the consolidation is designed to have all applications or databases under the same operating system, consolidation allows the use of one larger machine in the place of multiple machines and helps data centers reduce the number of servers they have to support.

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How to Guide: SQL Server 2005 Clustering

This SQL Server 2005 Magazine white paper is written for a technical audience that needs to understand failover clustering, and that wants to know how SQL Server 2005 is implemented on a failover cluster, how to install and configure SQL Server 2005 for failover clustering, and best practices for SQL Server 2005 clustering. As SQL Server 2005 environments move from smaller installations to larger mission-critical enterprises, the need for the database environment to be highly available becomes more apparent. SQL Server 2005 has many different mechanisms to achieve high availability. But one of the most commonly used methods to achieve a highly available mission-critical database environment is SQL Server 2005’s ability to make use of clustered environments

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I will get back to you shortly with some new technical posts.