Farmers Mutual Group
FMG has been using SQL Services for approximately 15 months now. From an initial position where the in-house DBA was nervous about bringing in external resource and skills, the relationship has grown consistently to be one of partnership and knowledge sharing. The in-house DBA now feels comfortable that SQL Services are supplementing and adding expertise to his own work, while management is delighted with the increased redundancy of coverage and peace of mind for mission critical application cover. As our partnership grows we are now kicking off a number of engagements in partnership with SQL Services around core system availability and stability as well as rationalisation and cost reductions.
Rob Robinson, Application Development & Support Manager

Professional Services


Implementing SQL Server or Oracle in the corporate world is not simply a case of accepting the default options while installing the software. While recent versions of SQL Server and Oracle are major improvements on their predecessors with their default install configurations, there are a number of other issues that need consideration well before the time of installing the RDBMS itself.

SQL Services provide consulting services in the following areas:

  • Server sizing - RAM, CPU and Disk storage requirements.
  • Disk sub-systems structure.
  • Concurrency - How many users are likely to access the server and the impact on performance and licensing?
  • Connectivity - How will users connect to the databases, what versions of ODBC, OLEDB, JDBC drivers will be used?
  • Security issues - How will user security be managed internally on LAN/WAN and externally for database access via web servers? What platforms will users be connecting from e.g. Windows 2000, XP, Novell, Unix, Linux?
  • Data replication requires planning up front to select the correct replication model and infrastructure to support it.
  • Data availability/recoverability - How recoverable does the database need to be and how much data can afford to be lost?
  • Support - How will the database servers be managed, and by whom?

SQL Services adopts standard installation and base configuration checklists for each version of SQL Server and Oracle respectively. This ensures the servers and databases have been configured appropriately for the requirements of the business.

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