We have an installation of Sitecore 8.1 (rev 160519). We have a rather laborious process presently of uploading TDS update packages (generated by our build process) using the Sitecore update installation wizard.
There are typically over a thousand items that need to be uploaded per package (there are two packages, namely: template and content), and the whole process to upload a single update package typically takes anything from 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
I am now wondering if there is something that might not be correctly configured, or optimized (particularly in respect of the database) since this seems extremely slow?
UPDATE: I've tried uploading the same package on my local (development) installation of Sitecore, and it runs an order of magnitude more quickly than our environmental installation. The only difference is that the database server resides on the same host as the client (Sitecore), so no network round-trips. I'm having difficulty believing that that is the only reason for the vast difference in speed. Is there anything that I should be looking for in terms of configuration, either within Sitecore or in respect of the database?