MS SQL Server Hosting Provides a Variety of Solutions
Article by William Smith
MS SQL software is available in nine different editions. The editions have been designed to meet the needs of almost any customer and can be broken down into the following three categories, viz. MS SQL Server Premium editions, MS SQL Server Core editions, and MS SQL Specialized editions.
The premium editions of MS SQL software are meant to meet the highest demands of large scale datacenters and data warehouse solutions. The two editions are SQL Datacenter edition and MS SQL Parallel Data Warehouse edition. The traditional Enterprise and Standard editions of MS SQL are considered to be core edition offerings in MS SQL. Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise edition delivers a comprehensive, trusted data platform for demanding, mission critical applications, BI solutions, and reporting. SQL Server Standard is a complete data management and BI platform that provides medium class solutions for smaller organizations.
SQL Server’s specialized editions are meant for organizations that have unique sets of requirements. Developer edition includes all of the features and functionality found in Datacenter; however, it is strictly meant to be used for development, testing, and demonstration purposes only. At a much more affordable price compared to Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard, SQL Server Web edition is focused on service providers hosting Internet facing Web serving environments. Workgroup is the next MS SQL edition and is one step below the Web edition in price and functionality. It is a cost effective, secure, and reliable database and reporting platform meant for running smaller workloads than Standard. Express edition is the free edition and is the best entry level alternative for independent software vendors, nonprofessional developers, and hobbyists building client applications. This edition is integrated with Visual Studio and is great for individuals learning about databases and how to build client applications.
Advantages of MS SQL Server Hosting
MS SQL hosting via a cloud computing and application hosting service provider offers a variety of advantages to customers -
Since Cloud hosting service provider deploys its applications on an efficient, multi-tenant infrastructure, and handles all of the management and maintenance of the systems, customers’ IT staff are freed up to work on core business issues. Cloud computing service provider’s team uniquely understands the configuration and deployment requirements of applications like the hosted SQL software. This creates the most efficient implementations, saving time and money, resulting in lower TCO. It also keeps you up to date on the latest technology, system enhancements, and problem resolutions.
MS SQL Server Hosting Provides Reliability, Scalability, and Security
When you entrust your application hosting to a SQL host, you have peace of mind in knowing your applications are running at world class data centers. These 24×7 network operations centers have redundant power and communications, highly scalable primary and back up environments, world class security and up-time nearing one hundred percent. In addition, these large data centers offer virtually unlimited, quickly scalable processing environments to comfortably adjust to fluctuations in your business requirements. Hosted SQL software and data are protected by the use of technologies like firewalls, unique password management systems, anti-spyware software, etc. This ensures that client data is safe guarded and accessible only to authorized personnel. An Application Service Provider or ASP provisions data centers which are SAS 70 Type II compliant. Data center provides twenty four by seven guarded access and public access is forbidden.
Data Backup and Support
MS SQL Server Hosting service provider provisions thirty days of rolling data backups along with 24/7/365 free and unlimited support.
Cloud hosting allows multiple users to access data from any place and at anytime. You only require an Internet connected device.
About the Author
William Smith is an IT analyst at Real Time Data Services which is a leading Cloud Computing and Application Hosting company. The company specializes in hosting many software including accounting software (QuickBooks Hosting, Peachtree), QuickBooks add-ons(Fishbowl, eBridge, Sourcelink), Windows Server Hosting, MS SQL Server, Tax software, CRM software (ACT!), MS Project, MS office, MS office servers(SharePoint, Exchange), and also hosts many other software.