Many organizations are currently reaping the benefits of server virtualization, including lower IT capital and operating costs and greater IT efficiency. Nevertheless, these benefits appear to be only the tip of the iceberg; experienced organizations are moving beyond these initial benefits to improve application provisioning, maintenance, availability, and backup/recovery processes. Server virtualization’s benefits appear to come in waves that are closely correlated with organizational experience and confidence with the technology.
Virtualizing SQL Server applications workloads with Hyper-V R2 SP1 enables businesses to overcome scalability and performance concerns as they lower costs and increase the agility and availability of a consolidated IT infrastructure. With the hypervisor support that’s built into Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, IT organizations can lower costs and benefit from existing skill sets using tools with which their staff is already familiar. Administrators avoid complicated support models and, although not extensively highlighted within this report, should also consider the value of using Microsoft System Center as a management tool to centrally monitor and manage both physical and virtual resources across multiple hypervisors from the hardware to the application level.
This report presents the results of ESG Lab testing of the performance and scalability of Hyper-V R2 SP1 server virtualization technology in the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) in Redmond, Washington. Testing with a tier-1 virtualized Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 application workload was used to confirm that Hyper-V R2 SP1 can be used to lower total cost of ownership, increase scalability, and maintain performance.