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SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Vol. 2 by Kimberly Tripp, Paul Randal, Paul Nielsen, Brad McGehee, Greg Low, Louis Davidson, Kalen Delaney

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Chapter 31. Hardware 201: selecting and sizing database server hardware

Glenn Berry

The absolute foundation of database performance is the underlying server hardware and storage subsystem. Even the best designed and optimized database application can be crippled by an inadequate hardware and storage infrastructure. Recent advances in new processors and chipsets, along with improvements in magnetic and SSD storage, have dramatically changed the hardware evaluation and selection process as compared to the past. Many database professionals struggle to keep up with new technology and often simply let someone else make their hardware selection and sizing decisions. Unfortunately, the DBA usually gets the blame for any performance or scalability ...

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