Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 7 - Performance Study

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September 01, 2021

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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 7.0 Update 2, recently released servers with 3rd Generation Intel Xeon “Ice Lake” processors are supported with up to 40 cores per socket. In this paper, a variety of vCPU and virtual machine combinations were tested on current-generation Intel hardware to show that vSphere 7 can handle tens of thousands of online transaction processing (OLTP) database operations per minute. This represents an increase in performance over previous generation servers.