I am very excited that Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 reference guide has been announced. As a consultant I have always enjoyed working with Fast Track Data Warehouse project as it truly expresses the potential of the SQL Server Engine. Here is few details of the enhancement of the Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 reference architecture.
The SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse initiative provides a basic methodology and concrete examples for the deployment of balanced hardware and database configuration for a data warehousing workload. Balance is measured across the key components of a SQL Server installation; storage, server, application settings, and configuration settings for each component are evaluated.
|FTDW 3.0 Architecture||Basic component architecture for FT 3.0 based systems.|
|New Memory Guidelines||Minimum and maximum tested memory configurations by server socket count.|
|Additional Startup Options||Notes for T-834 and setting for Lock Pages in Memory.|
|Storage Configuration||RAID1+0 now standard (RAID1 was used in FT 2.0).|
|Evaluating Fragmentation||Query provided for evaluating logical fragmentation.|
|Loading Data||Additional options for CI table loads.|
|MCR||Additional detail and explanation of FTDW MCR Rating.|
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)