You don't buy a lot of servers, but you're about to deploy SQL Server, and you only get one chance to make it right. Brent Ozar will boil down everything you need to know into just a few simple decisions. Which SQL Server edition do you need, does your RPO/RTO dictate shared storage, and does your app need 2, 4, or 8 sockets? Armed with the right questions, you'll know exactly what hardware to ask for.
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