SQL Server 2012 Released

Today SQL Server 2012 has been released. Microsoft has officially released to manufacturing (RTM’d) SQL Server 2012 a day before the SQL Server virtual launch.

An evaluation edition of SQL Server 2012 will be available for download later today from here and general availability will begin on April 1.

General availability means not only will SQL Server 2012 be available from the Volume Licencing Centre, it will also be added to the Microsoft pricelist.To avoid any price impact, purchase SQL Server 2008 R2 with Software Assurance now, or renew your existing Software Assurance plan. By doing so, you will lock in the price of your SQL Server purchase and gain the usage rights to SQL Server 2012! To learn more about the latest licensing and price changes refer to here or contact WARDY IT Solutions today.

If you are looking to get up to speed with this next release of SQL Server, SQL Server 2012 then look no further than WARDY IT Solutions.

SQLSaturday Downunder

PASS SQLSaturday’s are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions. For the first time SQLSaturtuday will be held downunder in the following cities Brisbane, Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. The first event kicks off in Brisbane on the 12th of April.

For more information and to register for these free SQL Server events refer to here.

WARDY IT Solutions is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at each of the SQLSaturday events downunder.

Virtual DBA Service Provides Immediate Value to Enterprises

A recent Longhaus study on CIO Confidence found that in the minds of Australian CIOs, DBAs are doing such a good job that there is no need to change the resource structures, with ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ being an appropriate attitude.

However, the growing challenge of using big data within the enterprise is highlighting that traditional approaches to data management are not adjusting well to the increased demand. In the race to adequately scale, CIOs are now turning to new –as-a-service providers in the market.

DBA-as-a-Service Is Growing

The Longhaus Study found that there is immediate value to enterprises in engaging DBA services, such as the Virtual DBA Service provided by WARDY IT Solutions.

Longhaus estimated that 20% of CIOs are looking towards –as-a-service providers to complement their existing internal DBA resources. Additionally Longhaus found that an attitude of increasing DBA resourcing via recruitment was NOT the right way to go.

Longhaus concluded:

“Whether the requirement is for traditional hosting of a trusted database infrastructure instance for a proposed SQL Server upgrade, or the broader consideration for -as-a-service database management for extensive SQL environments such as those provided by Australia’s WARDY IT Solutions, direct increases to DBA resourcing through recruitment will only represent a very clear step in the wrong direction.” – Longhaus study: DBA Roles are the Safest but most Ignored by the CIO.

WARDY IT Solutions Virtual DBA

The Virtual DBA service from WARDY IT allows clients to lower costs in terms of IT professional staff by allowing remote administration of their SQL Server databases.

Rather than having to train in-house IT staff to run company databases, Virtual DBA allows a team of seasoned database specialists to handle all SQL Server administration tasks.

Enterprises around the globe use Virtual DBA with the service monitoring more than 30,000 databases. The service includes 24×7 support as well a Windows Phone App and an iPhone and iPad App.


[1] http://www.longhaus.com/research/research.html