For customers looking to implement SQL Server as a Service, fortunately there are some resources available from Microsoft, which simplify the process of setting up a SQL Server Private Cloud.
Shashank Pawar, Data Platform Technology Solutions Professional made available for download a PowerPoint presentation as well as a whitepaper both focused on enabling customers to leverage SQL Server as a service.
A SQL Server as a service/private cloud offering helps in optimizing your existing SQL Server environment by reducing total costs of ownership and improves the agility for business solutions that require database platforms.
Just to make it clear, when Microsoft refers to private Clouds, the company is still talking about its software running on on-premise servers, but in virtualized scenarios.
In this regard, the software giant has made it clear that it considers virtualization, and private Clouds, a stepping stone to public Clouds, such as Windows Azure.
With the "Onboarding SQL Server Environments" whitepaper, Microsoft highlights the major consideration for customers looking to run SQL Server in virtual machines on top of the Hyper-V role in Windows Server.
There is significant risk in virtualizing SQL Server environments without giving careful consideration to the workloads being virtualized and the requirements of the server applications running on a Hyper-V environment.
This Guide is part of the Hyper-V Cloud Practice Builder that is based on the framework that Microsoft Consulting Services has utilized to deliver Server Virtualization for several years in over 82 countries.
[Source: TechNet blog]