The new HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance, is optimized for SQL Server, was designed, tested and engineered jointly by Microsoft and HP and is available today, revealed SQL Server Team.
Microsoft and HP spent months designing, tuning, and testing a solution that out of the box would have all the Hardware and Software components to manage the consolidation of thousands of databases. Customers could acquire the appliance, install it in their datacenter, and have a database private cloud infrastructure in just a number of weeks.
What does the appliance do?
The appliance is used to consolidate databases running servers or racks, into a single, highly tuned integrated solution.
- Customer research and early adopters confirm the key benefits of the appliance as: Rapid deployment: be up and running in weeks, and save time and cost to assemble the solution.
- 75% operational expense savings: energy, cooling, space, hardware, software
- Simplified management: single management from OS to Database
- Peace of mind: single phone number to call for any hardware or software problem
- More agile IT service: through an elastic private cloud infrastructure
What is the ‘elastic, agile, private cloud infrastructure’?
By consolidating databases into this new appliance, IT can be much more agile in responding to business needs, through a highly available infrastructure that is ready to scale:
- Hardware growth – You can start with a half rack and grow to a single rack. As the needs of your business grow you can expand to up to 10 racks.
- Enhanced tools – The new appliance includes technologies to have ‘zero downtime’ live migration, and real time database VM load balancing.
- High Availability out of the box – Most in-market databases are not highly available. All databases running in this new appliance will now be highly available through fully fault tolerant and duplicate hardware, as well as software tuned to be resilient to hardware failure. For example, more than 20 hard drives can fail, and the appliance will continue to work with no impact.
- Private Cloud capabilities optimized for SQL Server – Resource Pooling – Able to consolidate your database into a single appliance: from half rack to 10 racks and managed as a single resource.
- Elasticity – Scaling your computing, network and storage resources efficiently; the VMs and SQL Server are ready to respond to resource changes, in minutes. Grow or shrink memory, storage and CPU for any instance.
- Self-Service – Able to deploy resources on demand quickly, through technologies like the self- service portal, and prebuilt VM templates tuned for SQL Server.
What is inside the appliance?
Inside each rack, we provide 58TB of storage, 400 hard drives, 192 logical processors, 2TB of RAM, 60,000 sustained IOPs, and an integrated stack of more than 25 software components, all highly tuned and configured to work together seamlessly. This massive capability, and extremely high IOPs, are needed to support the hundreds or thousands of databases that will be consolidated into this appliance.
The main software components are:
- Windows Server Datacenter 2008 R2
- The new Microsoft Database Consolidation 2012 software, to manage the appliance. This software is built from System Center technologies, System Center Packs, and SQL Server technologies.
- SQL Server Enterprise Edition, with Software Assurance, required for unlimited virtualization and mobility of the SQL Server VMs.
- New Appliance Tools, including new software to configure and test appliance, as well as tools to simplify the consolidation process (e.g. MAP, a tool to inventory and analyze the databases for consolidation, or a new System Center Appliance pack to provide a unified health view of the entire appliance).As well as new tools to manage the appliance day-to-day, in addition to pre-defined highly tuned VM templates to rapidly deploy small, medium and large SQL Server instances.