Dell Touts Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Dell says combining its server and storage solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 will help customers run large scale data centers and data warehouses more effectively.

Dell is pitching a combination of its server and storage offerings and the newly released Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 as an answer to data center and data warehouse management challenges.

Dell is touting support for SQL Server 2008 R2 on its complete line of 64-bit PowerEdge servers as well as PowerVault, EqualLogic and Dell/EMC storage solutions as a way to increase scalability for large application workloads. The support for SQL Server 2008 R2 can also help improve datacenter virtualization and consolidation implementations and enhance the ability of IT departments to manage the organization's database infrastructure, according to Dell.

"This announcement is significant for Dell's customers because it represents a major performance and management breakthrough for database infrastructures," said Sally Stevens, vice president of Dell's Product Group Platform Marketing, in a statement. "Dell is in a unique position to offer the right mix of products and services to help businesses assess, plan and deploy Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and capture the benefits of the latest technology."

SQL Server 2008 R2 hit the streets recently with a number of enhancements centered on scalability and data management. Dell services are also providing support for both Dell hardware and SQL Server 2008 R2, according to the company.

"By providing a single point of contact, customers can reduce the risk, costs and time associated with assessing, designing, implementing, and managing SQL Server 2008 R2 all while increasing the performance, quality and reliability of their database environment," the company said in a release.