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Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware®: Doing IT Right by Michael Webster, Jeff Szastak, Michael Corey

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Chapter 8. Architecting for Performance: Network

We have now reached the final IT food group that we first introduced in Chapter 5, “Architecting for Performance: Design” – Networking. While SQL Server is generally not very network-intensive, the network is very important as the means of access for all clients and applications, as well as the means of access to storage in a SAN environment. When using advanced configurations such as SQL AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances or AlwaysOn Availability Groups the network becomes even more important as it is the means of data replication and cluster failure detection. A fast, reliable, low latency network will improve the speed of response to your applications and clients. In a virtualized environment ...

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