Performance Characterization of Microsoft SQL Server Using i3en Instances on VMware Cloud on AWS

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September 28, 2020

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This paper analyzes the increase in performance and capacity of the i3en instance type of VMware Cloud on AWS for Microsoft SQL Server databases. The i3en instance type offers more compute cores, more memory, and other performance enhancements that allow it to host larger and more powerful VMs. Testing found that SQL Server databases running on i3en compared to the i3 instance provided about 18 percent more throughput per core and about double the throughput for similar-sized SDDCs. With this higher performance capability, VMware Cloud on AWS i3en instance types are able to run larger SQL Server databases than in the past.