Expert highlights several SQL Server performance tips
Monday, May 07, 2012
Gamasutra's Ted Spence recently highlighted ways companies can ensure SQL Server performance is maintained by spotting trends early on and how to make changes along the way.
The writer encouraged businesses to design their SQL Server environment to be split apart, meaning that multiple databases should be separated and operated independently. This allows each to be scaled at their pace when needed.
One issue companies may come across is that SQL Servers join a large amount of tables together in just one step, which can cause performance issues, according to the writer. The platform may also miss certain indexes.
"If [a] SQL server is spending a significant amount of time scanning your tables, try to figure out ways to modify your indexes to convert them to 'Index Seek' instead," Spence wrote.
A number of factors can negatively impact SQL Server performance, but there are other methods to address these needs. SQL Server Pro's Michael Campbell has suggested that companies troubleshoot to identify common issues with the platform. If this is not performed successfully, problems can occur after a database has surpassed a certain size, making it more difficult to manage.