Hello fellow SQL Server gurus and professionals. Hope all is well with all of you. I would appreciate if any of you can add your quick 2 cents on the question below, all input is greatly appreciated. I browsed through the prior posts to get as much info as I could. I am being asked to make sure my system can handle a doubling in size and processing. I currently have SQL Server 2000 standard, Windows 2000 Server (not advanced), dual 2.8GHz processors hyperthreaded to 4 and 4GB of memory on my database server. The database is 17GB. The server is maxed out, no room for additional processors or memory (due to operating system). If I were to buy a new server, I would recommend that we purchase an Itanium server and have Windows 2003 Advanced server operating system (to utilize more than 2GB of memory) and to purchase SQL Server 2000 Enterprise 64-bit edition. At this time, I cannot go with SQL 2005 because it is not released yet and my company will not authorize a beta or SP1 implementation. In my opinion, I think my current system can handle the doubling through 2006 and this was validated by a consultant that came in and did a comprehensive audit. My suggestion is to replace the servers in early 2007 when the normal production server rotation cycle runs out (3 yrs), however they would like the system to last 2-3 years from now. I want to know if I am on the right track here and if I should go with SQL 2000 64 bit or push my mgmt to wait for SQL 2005 and get ther servers then. Question: Given the above specifications of my server and the notion to upgrade now instead of in 1 1/2 years, do you agree that I should: 1. Ask for scalable 64-bit Itanium servers (dual processors expandable to 4, 4GB memory) with SQL Server 2000 Enterprise 64-bit edition and Windows Server 2003 advanced server. Then upgrade to SQL 2005 after it has been out for a year. 2. Let mgmt. know we are really okay for another 1 1/2 years, but that we will need the Itanium servers and SQL 2005 when we get a new system. I.E. do nothing as far as upgrades now. 3. Ask to upgrade to 64-bit Itanium architecture and SQL Server 2005 when the release comes out later this year. 4. Other not mentioned here. Thanks!