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SQL Server 2008: Administration in Action by Rod Colledge

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3.1. Disk configuration

As hardware components simultaneously increase in speed and capacity while falling in price, one of the consequences is a tendency to spend less time analyzing the precise performance requirements of a database application. Today's off-the-shelf/commodity database servers from the major system vendors are both powerful and flexible enough for almost all database implementations. Given that, regardless of the available power, one of the fundamental truths of any computing system is that there will always be a bottleneck somewhere (and in most cases, particularly for SQL Server systems, the bottleneck is usually in the disk subsystem), making disk configuration an important DBA skill.

Multicore CPUs and higher-capacity ...

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