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February 2008- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 has many great new features that will allow you to develop higher performing, more scalable next-generation applications using more than just relational data. Although this release will be a little early for many customers, the fact that the features are largely incremental in nature should reassure users that Microsoft is building on the established foundation of SQL Server 2005. In this paper, we will discuss some of the new features and give you ...
September 2008- In this white paper, we begin with an introduction to quick migration of virtual machines using the Hyper-V technology. We then describe how to apply Hyper-V's quick migration to enhance the availability of services. We explore how you can prepare for planned downtime by using quick migration to save the state of a running virtual machine, move the storage connectivity from one physical server to another, and then restore the virtual machine (for unplanned downtime, ...
August 2008- Servers store your most important business data, deliver your e-mail, and run your Web site, but keeping them from harm's way is a full time job. The 12 guidelines in this exclusive download will help keep your data secure.
August 2008- You don't have to be an accountant to realize that energy costs are skyrocketing. Small and medium-sized businesses experience this most acutely in the data center, where commonly 30 percent of operating costs go to power and cool servers and other equipment. This whitepaper helps SMBs figure out what are the right servers to use to cut their power and cooling costs.
Keeping the lid on data center expenses is a particular challenge
for small and medium-sized businesses. Like their larger competitors, SMB's need a flexible IT infrastructure that can keep pace with business growth and deliver new services when needed.
Yet how can SMBs keep a lid on data center expenses at the same time that they need to support growth, increase customer satisfaction and improve the quality and accuracy of their IT systems? ...
May 2008- Improving accuracy and predictability in color processing at the designer’s desk can increase productivity and improve quality of digital color projects in animation,game development, film/video post production, broadcast, product design, graphic arts, and photography.
There are many business and technological reasons for making the move to SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. In tandem with 64-bit computing platforms, SQL Server 2005 can boost performance by 30% in certain instances, deliver a better database management structure and bolster infrastructure security.
As companies seek to upgrade their database environment to SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition—whether it contains twenty instances or a thousand—they now have ...
August 2008- The success of SQL Server has given rise, to a huge growth in the number of servers dedicated to hosting it. The result of this proliferation has too often been low levels of utilization, high capital costs, large amounts of stranded capacity, poor availability and—as the most dire consequence—an ongoing management burden. Fortunately, there is a way to deploy SQL Server that can flex capacity to need, reduce capital costs, improve availability and ...
August 2008- Microsoft SQL Sever’s relatively low cost, steadily increasing capabilities and ease of deployment have all combined to accelerate its growth. That same growth has led to a phenomenon commonly called SQL Server “sprawl”— the rampant proliferation of SQL Server database instances. This study from Illuminata explores relevant user experiences and common themes gleaned from recent customer interviews and explores HP’s approach to server virtualization and how its technology compares to alternative approaches.
The 24x7 uptime expectation of Exchange messaging systems in enterprise environments is now the norm. With global operations and advanced telecommunications (e.g., smart phones, etc.), individuals and corporations are communicating around the clock. This leaves administrators with the challenge of tighter data protection and system maintenance windows.
Protecting Exchange information is critical and backup is still the primary method used. Combining traditional backup with other methods such as clustering, replication and continuous ...
October 2006- Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 has been designed to meet the tough challenges for a corporate communication solution and provides a rich feature set that users can access through a variety of different interfaces and devices. In this paper, you will discover 10 key new or improved features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
May 2008- This white paper presents some of the more significant pros and cons of the Server 2008 version of the backup tool that debuted in Windows Vista. It will help you decide whether you think the supplied software is a step forward or a step backward for your organization - and, more importantly, whether you will need to turn to a third-party solution for the features you need. The paper reviews the features used in the following ...
January 2008- Most IT professionals who deal with ever-changing technology appreciate consistency and predictability. When people hear that a new version of Windows Server is coming out, they often ask, 'How different is it?' 'Is this a quantum leap or more of a small easy upgrade?' Rather than a feature-by-feature focus, this white paper will give you a 'big picture' what to expect with Windows Server 2008.
November 2007- There are many methods for troubleshooting databases. Many people jump straight to a Google search, or run to find the senior DBA who, most likely, has seen this problem before. While these may provide some results, there's no better solution than tracking down empirical evidence as to the cause of a bottleneck or to the identity of the troublesome transaction. In addition to getting real answers (as opposed to trying other people's solutions), you gain ...
January 2008- The move to blades can save companies over a third of the start-up costs of deploying standalone blades. These savings come via both acquisition costs and facilities costs and are enhanced when coupled with HP deployment and support services. Learn the cost advantages in midsize and enterprise markets of two different HP BladeSystems models. Download now.
September 2007- This white paper examines the requirements for servers, storage, and blade systems in the midmarket; describes the features and capabilities of the HP c3000; and outlines some of the challenges and opportunities HP will face as it seeks to extend its innovative HP BladeSystem c-Class product line to serve the needs of the midmarket. Download now to learn more.
Array-based remote replication solutions for Microsoft SQL Server have existed for years, and SQL Server 2005 provides a built-in, host-based feature called database mirroring as an alternative for disaster-recovery solutions. Although these technologies are widely available, users may lack the information needed to select the replication, mirroring, or high availability method(s) suitable for their environment; they need information on how to configure the database, storage, and software.
This paper is intended to inform ...
April 2008- To help you choose from among the available configuration options and backup and recovery procedures, HP has conducted extensive laboratory tests to determine best practices. This paper discusses those test results so that users can understand the options and the limitations of implementing backup and recovery using Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tape, disk-to-disk, and virtual tape devices. The audience for this paper is HP users in an enterprise environment currently running or planning to run SQL ...
With the introduction of SQL Server 2000, then with SQL Server 2005, and now with SQL Server 2008, Microsoft is providing its database engine in a 64-bit version. Processors, such as the Xeon and the Itanium from Intel, or the Opteron from AMD, provide 64-bit capabilities that can be used by Windows Server and SQL Server.
With 64-bit configurations, consolidating the corporate data on one single device is now a valid option. The financial benefits are ...
February 2008- Although SQL Server offers options for database protection and recovery, none of them is intended to provide a complete disaster recovery solution. Make sure you've taken the time to develop a high-availability and disaster recovery plan to cover unforeseen catastrophes that might threaten your database in the future.
January 2008- The term virtualization refers to abstracting, or masking, a physical resource to make it appear different logically than it is physically. This technical paper describes several infrastructure considerations when using virtual machine technology with industry-standard (x86-based) servers. It describes how HP management software can be combined with HP and third-party virtualization technologies to create end-to-end virtualized solutions that promote operational efficiency. The technical paper introduces the HP Virtual Connect technology and explains the role ...
January 2008- The authors in this white paper face a situation where they could see queue overflows on a POP3 service hosted by Windows Server 2003. Another application stops working if it would connect to the POP3 server and told to download more than 3000 messages. The resolution was to move all files into a temporary location and then slowly seep them back into the queue. To achieve this, the authors create a little VBS file (VB-Script) that takes ...
January 2008- Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 is an information technology solution that provides big-business features at a small business price. This paper describes the key capabilities and features of Windows Small Business Server 2003 Release 2 and how these features benefit the two main audiences for the product, small businesses and the technology providers who deliver Information Technology (IT) services to small businesses.
January 2008- HP Systems Insight Manager 5.x offers the ability to run in a Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server clustered environment, using Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition on an HP ProLiant cluster. By installing HP Systems Insight Manager 5.x as a clustered application, this versatile and simple management product can also be highly available. This white paper published by HP describes the steps to install a highly available clustered version of HP Systems Insight Manager 5.x on a ...
January 2008- This paper from Microsoft describes six scenarios for using Group Policy to manage users desktop environments. These Group Policy Object (GPO) scenarios are intended to be starting points from which one can develop settings tailored to their environment. These scenarios illustrate of the range of features manageable by using Group Policy. The paper includes coverage of Windows Server 2003 and the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).
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