Our hardware guru, Glenn Berry, recently recorded a podcast with our good friends at RunAs Radio about the licensing changes in SQL Server 2012 and how many people are now finding they have hardware they can't fully utilize without spending a bunch more money. The podcast was published today and you can listen to it here. You've probably also heard about his best-selling book - SQL Server Hardware - I strongly recommend it.

The problem is that most companies don't know the ins-and-outs of choosing hardware, and how to maximize its performance while minimizing the hardware and licensing costs. Once you've spent your money, you're stuck with whatever you bought until the next hardware budget cycle comes around, whether it fits the bill or not.

Or maybe you just decide to upgrade in place, on old, under-performing hardware – that's a recipe for disaster as your performance needs grow with your workload volume.

You really don't want to see a message like this in SQL Server's error log:

SQL Server detected 4 sockets with 8 cores per socket and 8 logical processors per socket, 32 total logical processors; using 20 logical processors based on SQL Server licensing.

This is where we come in. Coincident with Glenn's podcast being published today, we've got a new consulting offering to help you out.

We can help you:

  • Evaluate an existing hardware and storage subsystem
  • Evaluate and recommend hardware and storage for an upgrade
  • Giving a sanity check on your proposed hardware specifications

With the savings we can show you, you may end up essentially getting your new hardware for free! That's a pretty good deal that's easy to sell to your management.

Contact us through our Hardware page and we'll hook you up with Glenn – you can't get better advice!