Virtualise and Consolidate SQL Server with confidence on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

  The study by ESG Labs, demonstrates performance, scalability, and low overhead of Hyper-V can be used to reduce costs and improve the manageability, flexibility, and availability of SQL Server workloads. Through their testing, ESG Lab confirmed that the performance and scalability of Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V makes it possible to consolidate a tier-1…

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See you at Teched Australia 2011

Just finishing off the final touches to my two presentations and hope to catch you either in my sessions or at the exhibition floor where we will be showcasing the new HP Business Decision (BDA), exciting BI visualisation with Project Crescent and the new AlwaysOn capability to easily enable availability for your databases. Below are…

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SQL Server as a Service/ SQL Server Private Cloud Offering

  Recently I have been presenting around Australia about implementing SQL Server as a Service, also referred to as SQL Server Private cloud. Post the presntations I was requested to make available resources to help you in implementing such a environment. As such I have made the slides we used for the Platform briefing available…

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SQL Server virtualisation improvements with SLAT in Intel and AMD

Recently I had query around documentation that discusses the benefits of running SQL Server in a virtualised environment on modern hardware with SLAT or second level address translation. The below graph shows that (see the solid red line) the relative throughput for hardware with SLAT & Windows Server 2008 R2 (required for SLAT support) degrades…

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Guest Failover Clustering now supported for virtualised SQL Server

Just in case you missed it!!! Microsoft Support announced an update to the SQL Server virtualisation support policy.   Guest Failover Clustering is supported for SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 in a virtual machine for Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, and SVVP certified configurations provided both of the following…

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