As a consultant, the process of designing and developing technology-based solutions is one that you get to know intimately, thanks to iteration. Having been involved in a dozen or more projects in the past few years, I came to realize that a common component exists at the center of every one of those solutions. That component is the data storage system. Whether you are developing an electronic commerce Web site, a line-of-business solution such as a customer relationship management (CRM) application, or even a simple Win32 applet to store important notes, all of those solutions require a reliable, efficient, and proven data storage architecture. Providing that data storage component is the role of Microsoft SQL Server 2000. With industry-leading ...

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