Performance Characterization of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 6.5

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October 02, 2017

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In this paper, an online transaction processing (OLTP) benchmark, DVD Store 3, is used to characterize performance and power across five generations of 4-socket Intel servers hosting monster-sized Microsoft SQL Server 2016 database VMs. The results show vSphere is capable of fully utilizing current-generation server and storage technology, achieving great database performance.