Virtualizing Microsoft SQL on VMware vSphere
Exceed the Performance of Physical Servers
Consolidate multiple resource-heavy SQL Server virtual machines on a single host without compromising performance or scalability.
vSphere 5.0 delivers the best performance out-of-the-box thanks to key enhancements such as:
- Virtual machine scalability increased to 32 vCPU and 1TB of memory
- VMware vSphere Disk IO scalability increased to more than 1,000,000 IOPS, enabling VMware ESX to support IO-intensive applications including large SQL databases
- VMware vSphere network IO increased to 36 Gbps
- Improved resource management for greater scalability of multi-CPU virtual machines
Scale Up SQL Server Performance
VMware vSphere 5.0 can match or exceed native performance for more than 99 percent of SQL instances. A recent TPC-E workload study demonstrated that in typical situations, virtual machines provide 90 percent to 98 percent of the native physical performance, even for larger 8 vCPU configurations.
SQL Server Performance in Consolidation Scenarios
Mutiple SQL Server virtual machines can be consolidated onto a shared ESXi host with minimal impact to individual virtual machines. vSphere ensures fair distribution of resources even with the most intensive workloads to achieve impressive aggregate throughput.
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