Upgrade to the Best Platform for Microsoft SQL Server Consolidation

Accelerate application lifecycles and improve application quality of service by consolidating your SQL Servers on the private cloud with VMware vSphere. With vSphere, you can consolidate your SQL infrastructure by 4X to 20X and cut hardware and software costs by more than 50 percent while avoiding the painful compromises associated with traditional database consolidation. Run SQL on vSphere with the confidence that even large databases will perform well in virtual machines.

  • Deliver databases as dynamic, cost-efficient and reliable IT services on your private cloud.
  • Accelerate database delivery with on-demand provisioning, automated release cycles and streamlined testing and troubleshooting.
  • Guarantee database Quality of Service with dynamic scalability, built-in availability and simple disaster recovery.

Jim Haas, Virtualization and SQL Server Lead at Ntirety, discusses CPU efficiencies that can be gained with virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere

Jim Haas, Virtualization and SQL Server Lead at Ntirety, discusses CPU efficiencies that can be gained with virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere (4:06 mins).

Accelerate Application Delivery and Guarantee QoS

Accelerate application delivery: Provision new databases on demand in a matter of minutes from pre-configured virtual appliances. Test multi-tier applications quickly and efficiently by easily cloning production databases. Automate release cycles and deploy standard, pre-configured databases at the click of a button, ensuring consistency across production databases and minimizing manual configuration overhead and configuration drift.

Guarantee application Quality of Service: Ensure application QoS by automatically providing the right levels of availability and scalability with VMware Application Services. Databases are very hard to size on physical servers. With VMware, right-size your databases by scaling dynamically to meet instantaneous throughput requirements. Leverage VMware High Availability, VMware Fault Tolerance, vMotion, Dynamic Resource Scheduling and Disaster Recovery to create robust availability with minimal configuration changes. These solutions can also be enhanced to provide higher levels of availability by combining them with more traditional clustering and replication options. With vSphere’s availability options you can:

  • Reduce planned downtime with VMware vMotion.
  • Reduce unplanned downtime due to hardware failure or resource constraints.
  • Implement simple and reliable SQL Server disaster recovery with vCenter Site Recovery Manager.

Consolidate SQL on vSphere to Cut Costs by 50 Percent

Free your databases from the constraints of static, dedicated infrastructure to:

  • Not only match, but exceed the performance of physical servers: More than 95 percent of database instances running on vSphere will match the performance achieved on physical servers. Each virtual machine can scale to 8 vCPUs and 256 GB of memory to support large IO intensive applications. In addition, vSphere maximizes the performance achieved from physical hosts by enabling multiple databases to efficiently share the large capacity of new multicore servers.
  • Reduce hardware and software costs by more than 50 percent: Databases are among the most over-provisioned applications in the data center, with average CPU utilization close to 5 percent. Because of this massive over-provisioning, databases have tremendous consolidation potential. On average, VMware customers are able to consolidate their databases by a ratio of 4X to 20X. By consolidating, you not only reduce your hardware footprint, but also consolidate your expensive database licenses and realize tremendous cost savings on software.

VMware vSphere Standard Acceleration Kit for 8 Processors

SQL Needs a Better Consolidation Platform

IT departments have been undertaking database consolidation projects for many years, hoping to rein in the costs associated with rapidly increasing number and size of databases supporting a multitude of applications.

Unfortunately, conventional database consolidation solutions are painful and require significant tradeoffs. Whether consolidating multiple database instances on a shared operating system image, or consolidating multiple logical databases on a shared database instance, you risk loss of configuration, fault, operating system and resource isolation. Traditional consolidation requires significant lead time and overhead to prepare all databases to run on the shared environment and can negatively impact database availability and performance.

Leverage Full Microsoft Support

Microsoft officially supports VMware ESX for running Microsoft Windows and major applications including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint Server. VMware ESX was the first hypervisor to be validated under the Microsoft Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP), providing customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft applications with cooperative support from Microsoft and VMware. Customers can now run Exchange on vSphere with the peace of mind that they will receive the same level of support they received on physical servers.

New Microsoft licensing enables efficient use of vMotion, allowing customers to reassign licenses between physical servers as frequently as desired. This new licensing flexibility enables efficient use of vMotion for Windows Server and major applications including Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint Server.