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Hardware Sizing Microsoft SQL Server


Last updated: April 4, 2016.

The following are some resources to help determine hardware needs for Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

 

Recommended blog posts.

1. SQL Server Sizing Resources by Bart Duncan (MSFT).

2. Hardware Update 2014 and Server Sizing (Joe Chang).

 

Tools from Microsoft and Hardware Vendors.

1. Dell SQL Advisor (SQL Server Hardware Specification Calculator). To know about the methodology behind this tool click here.

2. SQL Server DataSizer Tool. A spreadsheet tool that helps estimate the size of tables.


Sizing an OLAP Solution.

1. Scale-Out Querying with Analysis Services - SQL Server Best Practices Article. Sizing Guidelines.

2. Scaling Up Your Data Warehouse with SQL Server 2008.

3. Hardware Sizing a Tabular Solution (SQL Server 2012).

4. HP Sizer for Microsoft SQL Server (2008 R2 Fast Track 3.0/2012 Fast Track 4.0) Data Warehouse.
 

Useful documentation.

1. SQL Server Best Practices Article. Predeployment I/O Best Practices.

2. Analyzing I/O Characteristics and Sizing Storage Systems for SQL Server Database Applications.

3. Analyzing I/O Characteristics and Sizing Storage Systems for SQL Server Database Applications. Section "Sizing Considerations for the Physical Storage Components", page 11.

4. Server sizing recommendations for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

5. Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2008 R2.

6. Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012.

7. Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2014.

8. Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2016.


 

 

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