OK, I know, I am waaaay behind on the next parts of my series on System Center for SQL Server. I promise to continue with SCCM and VMM in the coming weeks. Promise!
That being said, I want to put up a tiny post today on this topic. What I am describing in this series is a data center environment where you are leveraging Microsoft’s best-in-class tools to provide a smooth-running operation where you are monitoring, managing and tuning your SQL Server footprint with minimal wasted effort and time, while maximizing your staff time and your hardware investments.
Seeing that the current trend in IT data centers is toward virtualization to achieve that server hardware optimization, Microsoft has worked with HP to put out a consolidation appliance that is built just for SQL Server database consolidation: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/solutions-technologies/Appliances/HP-dca.aspx.
This is a hardware rack solution optimized for virtualizing your SQL Server footprint on a Windows Server Hyper-V environment. And it comes installed and licensed (included with the purchase price) with SQL Server and the full System Center Suite that I have been explaining to you in this System Center for the SQL Server DBA series.
A pre-built optimized HP rack with SQL Server & System Center may not be the answer for everyone. But if you are reading this series because you would like to consider SQL Server consolidation on Hyper-V, managing your complex SQL Server environment with Virtual Machine Manager, monitoring, configuration management, etc. the Database Consolidation Appliance is a good option for you to consider. This entire “private cloud” or “optimized data center” environment with SQL Server & System Center that I am describing in this series is already installed, configured and rack mounted for you!