Optimize and Consolidate SQL Server

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Your Challenge

  • More servers are deployed in production than necessary, resulting in excessive hardware, utilities, licensing and maintenance costs.
  • Many databases are business critical, and prolonged downtime while IT changes the environment is unacceptable.
  • It can be hard to secure funds for an overdue upgrade project.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Get to action with the tasks that have the most impact. Focus your time and energy on the items that will provide the greatest return on investment.
  • Create a plan to replace infrastructure that can make costs and changes predictable.
  • Clearly communicate these needs to executive stakeholders, identifying the business value of changes.

Impact and Result

  • Create an inventory of your current environment.
  • Perform an analysis of the current system to identify candidates for consolidation and out-of-date platforms.
  • Create a detailed plan to test, execute modifications, and stabilize your platform.
  • Use Info-Tech’s tools and templates to guide your project and get to action.

Optimize and Consolidate SQL Server

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should consolidate and optimize your SQL Server environment, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


1

Identify opportunities and challenges

Understand opportunities to optimize SQL Server.

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Module 1: Identify Opportunities and Challenges

The Purpose

  • Review the project rationale and identify project value add.
  • Identify challenges to overcome and opportunities to improve.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create an inventory of your current database environment.

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Identify pain points in the current system.

1.2

Identify project drivers, risks, and expected outcomes.

  • Identify project value proposition

1.3

Identify stakeholders, SMEs, and roles and responsibilities.

  • Complete the project opportunity assessment

1.4

Establish project parameters and deliverables and collect system data.

  • Create an inventory identifying system interdependencies

1.5

Identify new features in SQL Server that can provide business value.

Module 2: Plan the Optimization Project

The Purpose

  • Develop a project plan to guide implementation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Develop project scope and get sign-off.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Review key factors for your platform, such as security and availability, to identify the optimal path for modifications.

  • Document prioritized criteria to guide any modifications to your environment

2.2

Identify the paths to optimization that can help you meet business goals.

  • Complete the opportunity assessment and identify initial steps on the project checklist

2.3

Identify servers to upgrade, performance tune, and consolidate.

  • Complete the TCO budget tool

Module 3: Test, Execute, Stabilize, and Debrief

The Purpose

  • Establish a plan to execute and test modifications to your environment.
  • Communicate project successes to stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Ensure your plan to modify your SQL Server environment will minimize disruption to business processes.
  • Build a roadmap for next steps to streamline future projects.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Create a step-by-step plan for modifications with your SMEs.

  • Complete the execution checklist

3.2

Identify steps for roll back and backup to deal with unexpected complications.

  • Complete the roll back checklist

3.3

Review your project plans with stakeholders.

  • Review the executive presentation

3.4

Discuss and document lessons learned.

  • Update the issue resolution template

Search Code: 79023
Published: November 2, 2015
Last Revised: February 8, 2016