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Virtualizing: Microsoft® Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere™ 4 by Hemant Gaidhani, Alex Fontana, Charles A. Windom Sr.

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Characterizing SQL Server Deployments for Virtualization

To evaluate existing SQL Server deployments as candidates for virtualization, you need a clear understanding of your organization’s business and technical requirements for each SQL Server instance. These requirements span several dimensions, such as availability, performance, scalability, growth and headroom, patching, and backups.

When you consider virtualizing SQL Server deployments, the following are two key concerns:

  • How to determine which SQL Server instances are good virtualization candidates
  • What processes to use when migrating to a virtual environment

Follow these steps to simplify the process of identifying SQL Server candidates for virtualization and ensure successful deployment: ...

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