High Performance SQL Server


Author: Nevarez, Benjamin

Design and configure SQL Server instances and databases in support of high-throughput applications that are mission-critical and provide consistent response times in the face of variations in user numbers and query volumes. Learn to configure SQL Server and design your databases to support a given instance and workload. You’ll learn advanced configuration options, in-memory technologies, storage and disk configuration, and more, all toward enabling your desired application performance and throughput.

Configuration doesn’t stop with implementation. Workloads change over time, and other impediments can arise to thwart desired performance. High Performance SQL Server covers monitoring and troubleshooting to aid in detecting and fixing production performance problems and minimizing application outages. You’ll learn a variety of tools, ranging from the traditional wait analysis methodology to the new query store, and you’ll learn how improving performance is really an iterative process.
High Performance SQL Server is based on SQL Server 2016, although most of its content can be applied to prior versions of the product. This book is an excellent complement to performance tuning books focusing on SQL queries, and provides the other half of what you need to know by focusing on configuring the instances on which mission-critical queries are executed.

  • Covers SQL Server instance-configuration for optimal performance
  • Helps in implementing SQL Server in-memory technologies
  • Provides guidance toward monitoring and ongoing diagnostics

What You Will Learn

Understand SQL Server’s database engine and how it processes queries

Configure instances in support of high-throughput applications

Provide consistent response times to varying user numbers and query volumes

Design databases for high-throughput applications with focus on performance

Record performance baselines and monitor SQL Server instances against them

Troubleshot and fix performance problems

Who This Book Is For
SQL Server database administrators, developers, and data architects. The book is also of use to system administrators who are managing and are responsible for the physical servers on which SQL Server instances are run.



Benjamin Nevarez is an independent consultant based in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in SQL Server query tuning and optimization. Nevarez is author and coauthor of several books, including SQL Server 2014 Query Tuning & Optimization, Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer, and SQL Server 2012 Internals. He has been a speaker at many SQL Server conferences, including the PASS Summit, SQL Server Connections, and SQLBits.

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