Hosted SQL Server
The original SQL server was developed by Microsoft in 1989 with the purpose ofmanaging databases for the workplace environment.
There have been over twelve different editions of the SQL server in the sixteen years since its original release, and it can be used to serve many different purposes, depending on the specific enterprise environment it is used in. Microsoft actually markets several different editions of the SQL server that are aimed at different audiences with specific needs. These servers allow several different users to access the same data simultaneously, and keeps data secure either by locking it (making it password protected) or allowing multiple versions of the same set of data to be entered and saved.
One option is using a Hosted Exchange Server, Microsoft’s Exchange server for example. The original version of this SQL hosted mail server was released back in 1993. It has the ability to store thousands of mailboxes on the same server, which allows large companies to easily manage their email on one server. The most recent version of Exchange is Server 2013, and it has sophisticated data loss prevention features as well as basic anti-malware protection. Users can access the Microsoft Outlook app on mobile devices as well as computers through this server.
With cloud technology, there is now the option to have a Hosted Virtual Server which for many businesses saves money and hassle.
Many SQL server users opt to use several monitoring tools to make the use of the server easier to manage. You can even choose to a hosted monitoring server which remove the strain. Automated server monitoring consolidates all of the information and statistics about your server in one place, so it is easy to troubleshoot when problems arise. It is an easy way to track the amount of data you are storing on the server so you have plenty of warning when you are getting close to capacity. It can also track the number of user connections within the server so that you will know when it is being overworked and slowing down the server. These monitoring tools can even track the amount of time it takes for a user to find the data they are searching for, which allows you to pinpoint exact problems in server performance and speed. All of these metrics are represented visually in one place, so it is very easy to process all of the information the tool is monitoring for you.
Hosted server pricing varies considerably depending on the specific type of server that you choose and the size of your company. The cost also depends on the number of CALs (client access licences) you purchase with your server package. Generally, for every external user, you will need a CAL, although it helps to look into the requirements for your specific scenario before purchasing your server. Microsoft Enterprise, which is targeted towards larger organisations than the original SQL server, can run up to and over £10,000. On top of that, SQL monitoring tools can also cost a few thousand pounds, although the price varies depending on which one you choose. Although they are pricey, SQL servers are an essential investment for any organisation needing to organise large amounts of data from several users.