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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Management and Administration, Second Edition by Ross Mistry

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Chapter 19. Consolidation, Virtualization, and Private Clouds

Many organizations are making the move to SQL Server both because of an increase in the number of Microsoft applications and line-of-business applications that call for SQL Server as the back-end database platform. Currently, DBAs install an instance of SQL Server every time their organization requires a SQL Server database, resulting in a proliferation of SQL Server installations and servers within the infrastructure.

Take, for example, a DBA who installs a dedicated SQL Server installation to support databases associated with applications such as SharePoint, Systems Center Operations Manager, Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager, and an antivirus application. Most likely, four ...

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