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Microsoft IT identified the opportunity to reduce operating and capital expenses by implementing a SQL Utility service. The SQL Utility service relies on the Compute Utility and Storage Utility and provides a layer of abstraction for SQL Server instances at Microsoft. By using the SQL Utility, Microsoft IT has begun to consolidate SQL Server hosts, thereby reducing the number of servers in the data center. The SQL Utility service takes advantage of technologies such as Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V to provide a highly available platform that improves manageability over previous implementations of SQL Server on dedicated physical servers. The standardization effort of the SQL Utility means that new SQL Server instances can be deployed faster and more reliably than before.
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