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Quanta Computer is one of the world's largest manufacturers of laptop computers and other computing devices. It has a global workforce of 30,000 and annual revenue of U.S. $ 25 billion. Their transaction volume and business requirements mean they have to keep a lot of data online rather than archived. Their SAP database growth rate was growing so rapidly that they quickly needed to upgrade their SAN storage space. Quanta were looking for an appropriate solution on the matter. Quanta found the solution by upgrading to an SQL Server 2008 to take advantage of new data compression features. Quanta worked closely with the Microsoft SAP Center of Excellence, regional Microsoft resources, and local Microsoft Services to gain knowledge and confidence that the Data Compression and Backup Compression features of SQL Server 2008 were enterprise-ready for its global operations. Quanta learned how Microsoft has benefited from using SQL Server 2008 Data Compression with the 6-terabyte SAP instance. For high availability, the SQL Server 2008 instance supporting the SAP database was deployed using Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering technology to create a two-node active/passive cluster using two HP Integrity Superdome computers, each with 64 processors and 256 GB of RAM. In addition to SAN level synchronous replication, Quanta have deployed SQL Server 2008 Log Shipping with a delay interval to protect their system against logical application-level corruption.
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