Microsoft SQL Server Databases Thrive in the Cloud: Virtualizing Data-Intensive Applications for High Availability and Cost-Savings

Jan 26, 2011

Download and Microsoft collaborated to address the growing concern of virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server Databases. As more and more organizations embrace cloud computing to save money, increase productivity, and to gain the ability to scale their infrastructures up or down on a moment�s notice, concerns still remain around the level of performance, availability, and overall security of their databases once they move to a hosting vendor.

Since most companies lack the in-house expertise of working in the cloud, many of the fears organizations have with moving their databases from a dedicated environment to the cloud start with the overall comfort level of managing their data in a virtual environment. A few years ago, performance degradation issues gave companies plenty of reasons not to move to their critical business applications to the cloud. However, advancements in both SQL and cloud infrastructures have changed all that.

This white paper demonstrates how companies that have moved their SQL databases to the cloud have overcome past performance and security concerns to increase operational efficiency, improve availability and scalability, reduce costs, gain a faster-time to-market, and achieve a better return on investment.