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Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers by Jason Buffington

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Chapter 8. Microsoft SQL Server

In our earlier workload-specific chapters on file services (Chapter 5) and Exchange (Chapter 7), the workloads each directly delivered a service to end users. Microsoft SQL Server is a platform as much as it is a workload, meaning that other applications are installed on top of it. Specifically, SQL Server is a data repository that is used by thousands of Microsoft and third-party applications from well-known industry applications like SAP to home-grown applications that you have written yourself. Even other Microsoft applications often rely on SQL, such as Microsoft SharePoint farms and the System Center management technologies discussed in Chapters 4, 10, and 11.

In this chapter, we will first look at the built-in ...

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