SQL Server is an industry standard database solution for running business and enterprise class web applications. A SQL Server hosting server also known as a ‘dedicated database server’ is a server devoted solely to running a version of Microsoft SQL Server and processing incoming database transactions. There are several equivalents to SQL Server available which include Oracle, PostgreSQL and MySQL. The latter two often being chosen as database management solutions when running on a Linux based server platform. All options make the use of SQL (Standard Query Language) their core language. But include their own distinctive extensions to make up a complete SQL Language.
SQL Server working as a ‘database server’
SQL Server as a database server is considered an industry leader within web hosting environments. Although Oracle still has an edge over SQL Server in large database environments, usage of SQL Server is growing in the client/server environment. One feature that makes SQL Server popular as a choice of database is its ability at managing a large number of simultaneous connections from users over a LAN or connected through the internet.
Ensuring high uptime for SQL Server
In order to ensure your SQL Server database enjoys a high degree of uptime you should consider employing some of the following features where possible: Failover clustering, remote mirroring, log shipping, database mirroring and peer-to-peer replication. ‘Failover Clustering‘ is considered the best method for preventing site downtime and providing a high level of uptime for your SQL Server database. However, it cannot protect against disk failure and therefore solutions such as placing your database on SAN (Storage Area Network) storage can be adopted to compensate for this drawback. In addition, database mirroring can also prove an excellent feature to implement if you want to ensure data remains accessible even in the event of one of the server disks failing.
Selecting a SQL Server hosting company
Although much of the above will apply to those that opt for a dedicated server solution, there are many good SQL Server hosting firms to be found in the web hosting market that offer low priced shared SQL Server hosting. This is often the choice for those getting started with SQL Server. Or who require a SQL Server database as the backend of a small web site. Anyone considering a SQL Server hosting provider should start by researching companies on the internet. Check for database size that can be provided, cost plus if the host allows remote connections to SQL Server as this feature is often a key one those developing with Microsoft technologies. It goes without saying that it is as always advisable to research customer reviews of any suitable hosting companies you find. Particularly with the level of choice that is now present. As with any service, this is always a good indication of how good a SQL Server hosting company is, in terms of price, features and support. It is also worth considering a SQL Server hosting company that can provide a high degree of uptime and who can also back their claims. Uptime is always an important factor. However likely to be even more so when running a SQL Server database as your site is likely to be more business focused and database dependant. Some time spent on research will pay dividends later on and will help ensure you site runs smoothly and that you retain happy and satisfied customers.