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Enterprises who seek better control over resource management and allocation may find help with virtualization technologies. SQL Server virtualization enables consolidation, which boosts efficiency. Recent developments have brought about very powerful virtual machines that can manage larger capacities and provide faster provisioning of the database environment. In addition, SQL Server virtualization is cost-effective and convenient.
While SQL Server virtualization offers numerous benefits, database administrators and other lead IT staffers must closely examine issues surrounding licensing, performance and availability before implementing virtualization. And an enterprise may have what is needed to implement a virtual environment, but do they have the proper support to manage one? Virtual machines also have scaling limitations to take into consideration.
Making the shift to virtualization is a big decision that requires careful research. This guide offers insights into virtualization advances and drawbacks, as well as SQL Server virtualization best practices and issues related to licensing.
1News and trends-
SQL Server virtualization news and trends
Entering the world of virtualization is a mind-set change for traditional IT staff. Virtual machine management software performs load balancing and provisioning, and system administrators must adjust to not knowing the physical locations of everything at all times. The articles in this section discuss various considerations for virtualizing SQL Server, from hardware to tools to security concerns.
Buying hardware for SQL Server virtualization hosts entails some specialized shopping skills. Get some expert tips on what to look for. Continue Reading
There’s been a slew of new Microsoft products lately, including an upgrade for Project Atlanta. A company expert discusses this development, third-party tools and more. Continue Reading
As SQL Server BI catches on among small businesses, questions about whether SQL Server virtualization is compatible are bound to follow. Get an expert take on what you need to know for virtualized BI to work. Continue Reading
2Exploring the cons-
Different perspectives on SQL Server virtualization
Virtualization adds another layer of complexity to the server environment, which can contribute to communication breakdowns between database administrators and other members of the IT team. The resources necessary for virtual machine implementation require planning, provisioning and management. Experts discuss these and other complications associated with SQL Server virtualization in this section.
Do SQL Server high availability and virtualization go together or not? Find out if virtualization is a good option for you in this tip by Bob Sheldon. Continue Reading
Virtualization promises big savings for businesses, and few are decrying its influence. But is it always the answer? Are there SQL Server virtualization risks to learn about first? Continue Reading
SQL Server virtualization best practices
Experienced users recommend following a few steps to achieve SQL Server virtualization success. These steps include identifying the best hardware and software for your enterprise's needs, comparing costs and performance, examining the impacts of server migration, and making preparations to maintain high availability. The stories in this section offer expert advice for moving forward with virtualization.
Learn to take advantage of Hyper-V and Windows 2008 in order to achieve fault-tolerant and highly available SQL Server virtual machines. Continue Reading
Creating a private SQL Server VAP will reduce the time it takes to deploy additional SQL Server machines in your environment. Continue Reading
Learn how database mirroring provides cost-effective protection for critical databases running on virtual machines. Continue Reading
SQL Server virtualization licensing
Virtualizing the SQL Server environment can lower licensing costs, but the licensing process can be challenging. The decision of how to license SQL Server depends on the version and edition your company is running, as well as the number of processors on the machine. It is helpful to fully understand licensing implications before moving forward with virtualization. This section offers stories that explore the issue of licensing.
DH2i’s server application virtualization software lowers SQL Server 2012 license requirements by stacking many instances on a single Windows server. Continue Reading
The company has put the kibosh on unlimited virtualization rights with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition. Continue Reading
Virtualization licensing and pricing models can be complex. Learn how to cultivate contract terms that can save you money. Continue Reading