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June 15, 2012

Microsoft News - Cbeyond Helps Optimize Productivity with SQL Server 2012

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

On the heels of becoming one of the first cloud providers to complete a Service Organization Control 3 examination, Cbeyond (News - Alert) also claimed to be the first organization to support the industry's first cloud-Ready server that leveraged Microsoft (News - Alert) Technology.

The release of SQL Server 2012 enables a more seamless, reliable and secure transition from a single server to the cloud and as it is based on the familiar Windows technology; it can also be used to build and extend applications across the cloud, said company officials.

Three factors – unparalleled scalability, low administration costs, and server security – reportedly make SQL Server 2012 ideal for businesses that leverage IT solutions.

In addition, the SQL Server support program ensures mission-critical data storage and maximum performance of workloads, while significantly reducing database administration costs. Customers can also maximize their dedicated server investment.

SQL Server 2012 is available in four different editions, with each edition catering to different requirement. While the Web Edition caters to the needs of websites and web-based applications, for example, the Workgroup Edition deals with applications that are not accessed over the Internet.

Likewise, the Standard Edition takes care of high availability needs, and the Enterprise Edition directs its abilities to deal with complex database functions and data warehousing.

"SQL Server 2012 combines performance requirements with allocated resources to optimize

 productivity and ease of use for end users," said Fred White, senior director of cloud services product management at Cbeyond.

Combining industry-leading virtual and dedicated servers hosted in a fully compliant data center, Cbeyond provides a technology portfolio not generally available to the SMBs they serve.

Other news reports OpenText Corporation will continue to support Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Since mission-critical scalability is a very real concern, the company also unveiled the results of a benchmark study conducted with Microsoft, which evaluated the performance and scalability of the OpenText ECM Suite running on the SQL Server 2012 database platform.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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