Accelerating Microsoft adCenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

How Microsoft adCenter takes advantage of groundbreaking performance and scalability enhancements and innovative design tools available with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services   For more information, please refer to the whitepaper Accelerating Microsoft adCenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services.   Executive Summary As an Internet platform for online advertising campaigns on Microsoft® Bing™, Microsoft adCenter offers customers a wide range of intelligence and analytics tools to target, reach, and engage the right audience with the right ad at the right time. A complex, multi-faceted Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) environment based on SQL Server® 2008 Analysis Services drives the…

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Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server

Disk partition alignment is a powerful tool for improving SQL Server performance. Configuring optimal disk performance is often viewed as much art as science. A best practice that is essential yet often overlooked is disk partition alignment. Windows Server 2008 attempts to align new partitions out-of-the-box, yet disk partition alignment remains a relevant technology for partitions created on prior versions of Windows. This paper documents performance for aligned and nonaligned storage and why nonaligned partitions can negatively impact I/O performance; it explains disk partition alignment for storage configured on Windows Server 2003, including analysis, diagnosis, and remediation; and it describes…

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