White Paper – SQL Server Consolidation at Microsoft

A new white paper has been published on how Microsoft IT has used Virtualization (naturally Hyper-V) and consolidation to reduce cost, server sprawl and at the same time improve scalability, standardization and uptime in the SQL Server environments. It is an interesting read, with some really detailed designs and metrics, that you can base your…


SQL Server 2008 Infrastructure and Planning Design Guide

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guide for SQL Server 2008 has been released here. This guide is one in a series of planning and design guides that clarify and streamline the planning and design process for Microsoft infrastructure technologies. ‘Each guide in the series addresses a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. These guides include…


SharePoint Guidance – November 2008

  The SharePoint Guidance has just been published on Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices Developer Center. This guidance helps architects and developers build SharePoint intranet applications. The guidance contains a reference implementation (RI) that demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development, and lifecycle management challenges. This guidance discusses the following: Architectural decisions about patterns, feature factoring, and…