Posted on behalf of Narasimha Reddy Gopu, from SQL Solutions Engineering team.

Executive summary

 Virtualization provides highly efficient data center computing environments. To optimally design a virtual environment, an initial understanding of the underlying platform and its capabilities is important. This white paper proposes a virtual converged infrastructure using Dell Active System 800 for virtual database deployments. Dell Active System 800 is a member of the Dell™ Active Infrastructure family. Dell Active System 800 is a pre-engineered converged infrastructure system that is designed to address the typical data center challenges such as design, procurement, rapid deployment and testing. Dell Active System 800 benefits from the latest technology advances in the Dell™ server, storage, networking portfolios and virtualization era. Dell Active System 800 combines servers, storage, networking and management into an integrated and optimized system aimed to reduce the overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

This white paper provides design guidelines and recommendations for the design and deployment of Microsoft SQL Server databases on the Dell Active System 800 converged virtualized platform. In addition, this white paper discusses a standardized classification of workloads based on database workload requirements assumptions for a wide range of applications. 

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