Benchmarking Microsoft SQL Server Using VMware ESX Server 3.5

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Executive Summary

This paper presents the results of a benchmarking study, in which Brocade used an industry-standard online Transaction Processing Benchmark (TPC-C) in an ESX Server cluster to determine if ESX Server version 3.5 could run 10 simultaneously active VMs running SQL Server with a significant workload on a single ESX Server and 20 such VMs in a cluster of four hosts. The results demonstrate that ESX Server is more than capable of handling the task. Brocade is very confident that DBAs can deploy SQL Server on ESX Server 3.5 for OLTP applications and obtain similar server consolidation ratios, as one observed, which are very favorable and that make strong business sense.

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