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Tips For Improving SQL Server Performance

Database servers are a cornerstone of modern businesses ranging from Google to 7-Eleven. When you run your credit card at a convenience or grocery store, your purchase is registered into a point of sale system backed by a database. Your credit card company registers the funds transfer into a database server containing your financial records. If you use a discount card, yet another database server comes into play. Databases enable businesses to track inventory, perform margin analysis, automate purchases, and identify customer trends—and to do all of this much more quickly and efficiently than ever before!

It has been a long time since I visited any business that did not rely on some type of database server, if only to track purchases and expenses. But I constantly communicate with businesses that lack a plan to ensure these databases function properly on an ongoing basis.

Hosting Database servers at the ASPHostPortal.com data center helps your database remain a vital component of your business infrastructure, rather than a time-wasting black hole for IT resources. We recently sat down with our engineering team to provide you a few tips on how we help accomplish just that:

Tip 1: Host in a Data Center Simple power quality issues such as brownouts, blackouts or even a mere voltage fluctuation can result in your server powering down. SQL-based database systems are sensitive to these unanticipated shutdowns, resulting in errors in transaction logs and database instability. Hosting that same database server in a secure data center —where power quality is monitored every second of every day by trained engineers—helps ensure 100% uptime.

So when you are ready to start your business day, your SQL database will be ready to start as well!

Tip 2: Maximize IOPS One vital performance metric for database systems is Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). IOPS is important here as a measurement of how fast storage devices can read and write, which is the primary operation metric of database systems such as SQL.

Remember that in reading from and writing to a database, most hard disks must physically move, which takes time—especially if you need to read and write from separate physical areas of your disk. By making read and write tasks concurrent, you can speed up this process with almost no administrative effort.

Instead of a single disk array handling both your operating system and application, opt for two arrays to handle each task on separate disks. Choosing serial-attached SCSI drives with high RPMs for your database, and enterprise-level SATA drives for your operating system will drastically improve read and write performance

MS SQL Server Hosting Benefits

MS SQL server is a computer application that offers advanced relational database management services to the enterprises. Few of the essential points that make it part of an advantageous Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) proposition can be given as:

� Offers complete data solution from data mining to data analysis

� Compliments to existing applications stored on a hosting server

� Offers complete security of records

� Offers protection against frequent crash downs

� Makes hosting services more efficient

� Evenly allocates computing resources

� Offers complete data solution from data mining to data analysis

MS SQL server produced by Microsoft has brought limitless possibilities to the enterprising solutions available for today�s business. This enterprise level database management server from Microsoft has undergone many changes over the years to evolve in its present form. Normally a small or micro enterprise has to face challenges in the areas of execution, lack of lucidity in organizational and professional maneuver. Because of unanalyzed data or unevaluated records, a company finds it difficult to gauge the pace of work. Similarly it is also difficult to record the progress of a team working on a project and the status details of the supervisor or administrator monitoring the entire project.

In today�s world the volume of data is piling up in leaps and bounds and managing them efficiently is becoming quite a challenge for the companies. A company has to search through voluminous data while looking for certain information. This task which is also known as data-mining is a tedious and time consuming task. MS SQL server helps in great deal in the data mining for records. SQL server caters to the needs of multi-users. It allocates available resources among the users without compromising on the hardware efficiency.

� Offers complete security of records

In many cases the security of certain information or resources is also at risk. For any enterprise security of various types of data such as audio, video or graphical is very important. For beginners or entrepreneurs security of data can be absolutely critical and data stored in application other than MS SQL server, security can be breached with a little effort. A person wishing to access or copy the content from databases just needs to gain access of the hard drive. Once gotten the access, all data can be easily copied.

But in SQL server security can be provisioned in three different levels. One level is at the operating system level, the second is at the database level and the third level of security is at the file level. User can prevent unauthorized access at all three levels. Even after gaining the access, it is not easy for the defaulters to copy the data as data copying may also be restricted. This facility is not available in other software applications as available in SQL server.

SQL server ranks high over other applications because of its reliability and high security features also. It offers the users with the flexibility to encrypt certain data, whole database or log files as desired. It also offers the users with an option of defining the policies which relate in some way to the data. A user company can define the type of access granted to its team members, granting of permission to copy or replicate the data etc. A user is intimated upon the violation of such policies by the hosting service provider. The user can also restrict its team members by defining the action to be taken on policy violation.

� Compliments to existing applications stored on a hosting server

The benefits of SQL server can be efficiently availed with the help of third party hosting. This application can be installed on a server run and hosted by hosting service providers. These providers designate the level of security to be entrusted upon the users of such applications. Seeking the services for installing and using SQL server is also good on account of the other services offered by hosting service providers. Offering complete computing services such as replication of basic to advanced applications, operating systems, hard drives, memory etc are all taken care of by the service providers.

A user just needs a basic computer with an internet connection and rest of everything from computing hardware to required software, everything is provided by the hosting service provider. With a minimum investment based on monthly or yearly subscription, a user is offered the support of computer loaded with latest features and hardware. One can purchase an application and ask its service providers to get the application installed on the hosting server. The space allotted to store the data of the users, is virtually limitless. When the SQL server is installed on this hosting server, it becomes easy for the application to fetch, analyze, regulate the response for certain records or data stored in its hard drive.

� Offers protection against frequent crash downs

Normally a server catering to multi-users faces the risk of hanging up or crashing down during the request execution process. SQL server protects the users from such crashes by regulating resource supply to nodes from which there is excessive demand for the data. Though the record fetching to such demanding nodes may be a bit slower but it will not crash and this is one of the great features of a SQL server. It effortlessly offers simultaneous use of same data from two or more users.

� Makes hosting services more efficient

Besides the security there is a huge volume of data to be accessed, referred and arranged in so many ways to deduce certain results or to reach to certain conclusion. SQL server application is a great tool to transform a small and medium enterprise into an efficient enterprise.

Now more and more users are switching to MS SQL server which makes it a better choice for the companies. This is simply because the user community of this server is very resourceful and a user can find the solution for its problem by sneaking into any such online community. Besides the online communities, Microsoft also provides free training sessions on usage of these servers.

� Evenly allocates computing resources

MS SQL also offers buffers management feature wherein a list of records frequently sought are stored in the buffer memory (known as cache memory). Hosting this application server along with other applications on a hosting server provided by a hosting service provider is advantageous for a user in many ways. As Hosting service providers offer higher cache memory which makes it easier to store good amount of records on buffer memory rather than storing them on hard drives. Accessing these records is comparatively less time consuming.