Database administrators (DBA) use capacity planning to predict the resources that a SQL Server will need over its lifetime, to provide optimal services for the applications using it.
Best practices include:
- Ensuring the hardware is modular to permit hardware upgrades.
- Ensuring that the server/hardware can be repurposed should the applications outgrow the existing hardware.
- Ensuring that a representative load test is done on the hardware to study its performance characteristics.
- Ensuring that the hardware selected will be powerful enough to support and take advantages of new features and requirements of SQL Server and application upgrades.
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