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Posted Apr 12, 2006

PolyServe, Inc. announces the availability of PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server

By Linda Cole

There are approximately 3.5 million copies of SQL Server deployed today, and almost all of them are running on their own individual server. To eliminate this one server to one SQL Server phenomenon, PolyServe, Inc. introduces PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server, a consolidation solution for mission-critical applications. PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server allows you to virtualize servers and storage and then deploy SQL Server on top of it.

Many organizations run one database on one server because of the high penalties for having a faulty capacity plan. Most IT organizations, when faced with server capacity problems, take anywhere from eight to twelve hours to move a database to a new server. PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server, on the other hand, virtualizes all of the servers to all of the storage, and all of the storage to all of the servers thus providing the ability to fix capacity volume mistakes in less than 30 seconds by simply dragging the database to a larger server.

In addition to scalable capacity, all servers have access to all drive letters. High availability software for Windows can be very complex to set up, causing people to shy away from setting up high availability services. If you consolidate multiple databases on a single server without high availability services, many departments can be affected if a server goes down. PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server makes it easy to set up high availability services, in less than 10 seconds, for a particular server. Then, if multiple databases are running on that server, and if that server goes down, the applications and databases will re-distribute themselves to other servers in the utility.

Matrix Manager, a shared data cluster management console, is a central control point that provides the ability to move databases around by dragging and dropping. Users can set up failover targets, add server and storage capacity, monitor system performance and storage usage as well as perform other management tasks. Matrix Manager can also be connected with a systems management tool so that changes can be scripted by policies rather than driven by human intervention.

PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server includes a migration tool that combines and automates a series of standard Microsoft tools. The migration tool searches out existing SQL Server databases. It then walks the DBA through steps to automatically move the databases from their original server onto a targeted server in the utility. A process that usually takes between one and three days can be accomplished in an hour or an hour and a half.

With full support for 64-bit computing, PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server handles up to 16 SQL instances per node, (240 in a cluster) and consolidates SQL Server 2000 and 2005 databases. The software package includes Matrix Server, Matrix Manager, Matrix Volume Manager and everything needed to run SQL Server on a PolyServe utility.

PolyServe Database Utility for SQL Server is available immediately.

Headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., PolyServe has a Microsoft development center in Bellevue, Wash. It also has sales and support offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more information about PolyServe, visit www.polyserve.com,

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