Successful solutions are successful solely because systems, users, and organizations have come to depend upon them. Such solutions are not necessarily successful because they were well crafted, intelligently designed, or adhere to any other theoretical standards or best practices. The most necessary and adopted application may be a well-oiled machine, somehow succeeding despite itself, or something in between.
One of the beautiful things about SQL Server is how accessible it is. It is about as complicated to install as say, Microsoft Office. The basic setup is excellent for a simple sandbox server to play around with, or a database to support just a handful of users. A typical scenario is that what started out as a prototype solution or something designed for only a few users becomes widely adopted by a company, and mission-critical. More and more users jump on board, and performance degrades. When a solution’s success starts to overwhelm its bearing capacity, there is a problem. Some applications reach this point almost immediately, either because they were more successful than anticipated or because they were haphazardly designed from inception.
The 26-page whitepaper “The Top 4 Performance Makers and Breakers for SQL Server” presents the top 4 performance makers and breakers for SQL Server. For SQL Server to perform as an Enterprise Level DBMS, the "out of the box" install rarely cuts it. Also, there are design considerations, configuration, and maintenance that must be considered and implemented to enable the actual capability of the platform.
The authors are:
Mindy Curnutt is a business owner and five-time Microsoft Data Platform Most Valued Professional and has been involved in the SQL Community for 20+ years. She has been an SME on multiple MS SQL Server Cert Exams and is the co-author of 4 books, most recently MS Press SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside-Out. She is the President of the North Texas SQL Server User's Group, a national public speaker and active Girls and STEM volunteer and mentor. Find Mindy often in her hometown of Dallas, TX at the Sons of Hermann Hall Acoustic Picker’s Jam on Thursday nights.
Eric Blinn is the Senior Database Architect at Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm with 47 offices in 20 countries, based out of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a content creator and facilitator for the data track at DriveIT, an IT training firm based in Akron, Ohio. Eric is an active member of the SQL Server community and currently serves as the Vice President of the Ohio North PASS Local Group. He has spoken on SQL Server topics at some technology conferences and training events. When not working on SQL Server Eric enjoys smoked meats and going fishing with his family.
Daniel Janik is an independent consultant from Austin, TX and a two-time Microsoft Data Platform Most Valued Professional. He has been supporting SQL Server solutions in many roles from database administrator to developer over his 20-year career. Daniel is also former Microsoft and was a Premier Field Engineer for six years. He speaks regularly at SQL Saturday events and user groups. Find him on his blog SQLTechBlog.com.
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