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For volume purchases of SQL Server we recommend you engage with your Microsoft business manager or one of our UK SQL Server partners as follows:
SQL Resellers (Volume Licensing gold competency partners)
Business Intelligence gold competency partners
Data Platform gold competency partners
For smaller unit purchases you can purchase directly from the Microsoft UK store here
You can also access $ pricing (prior to any applicable discounts) here
You can download a useful SQL Server 2008 R2 Licensing Quick Reference Guide here
You can review the volume licensing choices available to you here
For local expertise and guidance on the SQL Server licensing that delivers the best value and flexibility to your organisation we recommend you work with a specialist Microsoft licensing partner (e.g. a Microsoft Large Account Reseller – LAR).
You can compare the features and functionality of different editions of SQL Server 2008 online here
For specific guidance on choosing the right editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 for your business needs we recommend you engage with your Microsoft business manager or one of our UK SQL Server partners as follows:
You can obtain information on the current training courses available for SQL Server here
You can also download a free ebook on Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 on this page.
You will find information on the SQL Server certification examinations here
If you wish to discuss your SQL Server training requirements with a local training partner please select from the authorised training partners here
Helpful hint – to narrow your search please select by ‘Data Platform’ or ‘Business Intelligence’ competencies for the training partners who are more likely to specialise in SQL Server training and certification.
There is a thriving SQL Server user community, this can be a valuable resource in a number of ways:
- Sharing best practice- Informal technical support- Networking to recruit new staff and collaborate on new opportunities
The biggest UK SQL Server user group is SQLBits (www.sqlbits.com) who arrange a very active programme of regional events, conferences and webcasts.
Also, the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS – (TechNet Virtual Lab: Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Performance Data Collector to Protect Performance
- TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Peer-to-Peer Replication
- TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Online Operations
- TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Data Recovery and Preventative Techniques
- TechNet Virtual Lab: How to Protect SQL Server with DPM 2007
- TechNet Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2008 Resource Governor
- TechNet Virtual Lab: Administering Servers by Using Declarative Management Framework (DMF) Policies
- TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing Change Data Capture (CDC)
- TechNet Virtual Lab: What's new in SQL Server 2008 for OLTP Applications
- TechNet Virtual Lab: Working with the new DATE data type in SQL Server 2008
- Partner Learning Centre: PowerPivot Hands on Lab
For developers there is a Developer Toolkit for SQL Server 2008 R2 here
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“We’ve seen tables reduced in size by 80% using SQL Server 2008 Backup Compression. With 100 terabytes of data, we’re very happy to be able to reduce our backup footprint.”
“This Microsoft mission-critical solution is cost effective. In addition to the reliability, our enterprise agreement covers all of the components that we need for MSCLink at a small fraction of what it would cost if we were running on an Oracle platform.”
“Relying on the Microsoft Application Platform gives us confidence that our most important systems will perform exactly as we need them to, when we need them to.”
“This puts us ahead of a lot of other insurance companies because data is up to date all the time. When customers ring up, employees have immediate access to all the information they need to provide the best service possible.”
“We asked ourselves where we want to be five years from now, and the Microsoft solution was the best solution. We wanted a single platform for over 200 scientists and doctors. We wanted them to better communicate, and help them do their work. They need to concentrate on drug studies, and (SQL Server 2008) can make it happen.”
“Our new data warehouse built with SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse gives us a 360-degree view of customers. This helps us design the best products and provide the best possible customer service.”
“With SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse, we’ve realised up to a 95% reduction in data query times.”
“It’s quite an achievement to run nearly 800 stores on a single installation of SQL Server 2008. From a business perspective, the information is in the centre rather than being stuck out in the stores. Where previously we relied on overnight processes – where data had to be retrieved from each store – we now have that information in real time.”
“The essence of the problem we faced was how to deal effectively with a high volume of time series data. Prior to SQL Server 2008, this was not something that we felt any database could really handle properly.”
“PowerPivot is also valuable for interacting quickly and easily with data. I can formulate questions and get instant answers in a ‘train of thought’ analysis, without being dependent on a specialist.”
“We’re collecting huge amounts of data now – ultimately, multiple terabytes – so the compression (both online and backup) is proving a major bonus to us. We’re also handling many large images so the file-stream capacity in SQL Server 2008 is a ‘killer feature’ as far as we’re concerned.”
“The self-service business intelligence features in SQL Server 2008 R2 will give our subject matter experts the tools they need to create their own dynamic reports. They will…have easy access to all their data.”
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