Sunday, October 16, 2011

Microsoft Announces HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL Server

Microsoft, along with HP, has just announced that the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL Server will be available this November. The hardware-software package is targeted directly at increasing the speed of deployment and simplifying the management of hundreds to thousands of database instances in a virtualized "private cloud" environment.

Microsoft has stated that the appliance will allow customers to deploy new database instances in a matter of minutes while also reducing the cost of operations by as much as 75% over conventional database deployments. This is accomplished via savings on floor space, energy usage and infrastructure.

Microsoft has also described the new appliance as an industry first due to its ability to consolidate a database with no application or database changes using built-in tools for database migration as well as management. However, the device is clearly the Microsoft-HP answer to Oracle's Exadata, which now claims to have more than 1,000 deployments.

The HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance is basically the transactional-side counterpart to the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance which was introduced earlier in the year. The HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance runs on Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse.

The full rack consolidation appliance provides 58 terabytes of storage as well as 400 hard drives, 192 logical processors and 2 terabytes of RAM. If that seems like it may be overkill for what you need, you can always opt for a half rack option which, obviously, takes everything offered by the full rack and cuts it in half. Supporting software includes Windows Server Datacenter 2008 R2, new Microsoft Database Consolidation 2012 software to manage the appliance, SQL Server virtual machines and new appliance tools for configuration, testing and day-to-day management.

Source: Information Week - Microsoft Counters Exadata With SQL Server Appliance

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