Performance Characterization of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 6

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July 20, 2015

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Large Microsoft SQL Server databases can achieve great performance and fully utilize current-generation server and storage technology using VMware vSphere. With the introduction of vSphere 6, larger physical hosts are supported more than ever before (up to 480 processors and 12 TB). In this paper, a variety of vCPU and virtual machine combinations were tested on current-generation hardware to show that vSphere 6 can handle hundreds of thousands of online transaction processing (OLTP) database operations per minute.