At this week’s Microsoft Management Summit conference (MMS), we are discussing how we are taking virtualization beyond OS and Infrastructure, with SQL Server as a key workload and an important element of a Private Cloud Platform. And why wouldn’t customers virtualize SQL Server with Hyper-V and System Center? SQL Server is a core component of any virtualized environment and together with Hyper-V, delivers enhanced virtualization manageability through System Center, lowers database TCO, and provides a single point of contact for the service and support of the full Microsoft “stack.” But don’t take my word for it – check out these examples that are being highlighted at MMS this week:
· Target Corporation, (video and case study), a “Mega” customer from the Hyper-V Cloud Accelerate program, and their broad, 15,000+ VM deployment of Hyper-V and System Center to virtualize and manage key business critical workloads including SQL Server.
· 3rd party “break the box” performance testing results from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), which includes deep technical guidance resources, and published best practice guidance for SQL Server, SharePoint, and Exchange.
· Download the Stocktrader application that was shown in today’s MMS keynote demonstrating how high-scale applications can be optimized in private cloud environments. The demo can be found at https://azurestocktrader.cloudapp.net and all related source code can be downloaded at http://msdn.microsoft.com/stocktrader.
We are working with customers every day to provide guidance on what workloads to virtualize on SQL Server and Hyper-V. For more information, please download our recently published whitepaper, Hyper-V is the Best Solution for SQL Server. For additional information, please visit our Consolidation and Virtualization Page.
Go virtualize your database!