SQL Server Performance — a Dedicated Deep Dive Recap

In our latest Deep Dive, we were joined by our guests Sarah Barela and Aaron Conklin to discuss Microsoft SQL Server performance as well as the upcoming SQL 2005 end-of-support that took effect April 12.

It was our last Deep Dive focused on the performance of dedicated infrastructure solutions, part of our larger Deep Dive interactive series on dedicated hosting solutions and how they fit within an increasingly cloudy world.

(Check out previously recorded Dedicated Deep Dive Hangouts and the full series calendar here.)

Sarah is a SQL technical specialist with Microsoft who we work with closely here at Rackspace, and Aaron is the product manager for our dedicated database and DBA Services product lines. I was especially excited to host this week’s show, because I also currently moonlight as the product marketing manager for dedicated databases and DBA services alongside Aaron.

We covered a wide array of topics over the course of the hour, but the short version of the story looks like this:

  • Architecting infrastructure to maximize Microsoft SQL Server performance
  • How Rackspace helps customers tune SQL Server for optimal performance
  • What new out-of-the-box performance enhancements come with Microsoft SQL 2016
  • What options current SQL 2005 users should be considering as they face the upcoming end-of-support, and how Rackspace can help.

I was most excited to hear from Sarah about how Microsoft SQL 2016 is designed to make migrations for customers running previous SQL versions as painless as possible, while the tools available to customers (and service providers like Rackspace) make navigating such a process less daunting. The performance optimizations that come with making the switch to SQL 2016 were very compelling for current 2005 users.

Aaron sharedRackspace’s plans for support of SQL 2016 and what Rackspace customers can expect from us as we approach general availability from Microsoft.

Listen in as we go deeper into the topics above by watching the deep dive session recorded hangouts. Special thanks to Sarah for taking the time to join us and to Microsoft for continuing to be such a great partner. If you would like to catch the next live session, check back at Rackspace.com/deepdive for upcoming sessions and information.

Doug Denny joined Rackspace in 2006 and has since held a variety of architect and management roles over the years as part of the Solution Engineering team. Doug was the original host of the Rackspace Deep Dive Series and owns product marketing responsibilities for Rackspace’s VMware private cloud solutions.

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