Database Repository—SQL Server
Aside from the operating systems, when it comes to scalability, SQL Server is the champion of Microsoft servers for scalability. As the data store for nearly all the enterprise servers with the exception of Exchange, Microsoft depends on SQL Server as the center for its offensive line.
SQL Server 2000 introduced a host of features to boost scalability and availability, including:
Large memory support
Support for large Windows 2000 Data Center Server clusters
Multiple instances of SQL Server 2000 on a single server
Integration with Active Directory to provide location transparent access to SQL Servers
Log shipping for hot standby servers
Updateable partitioned views among cluster nodes
Improved parallelism in data and ...