SQL Server in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services: Performance Guidance Whitepaper and other TechEd NA 2013 updates

Greetings, We are excited to announce the release of our new whitepaper, Performance Guidance for SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. This paper provides you guidance to optimize your SQL Server workloads running in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Additionally, if you are attending TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans this week, be sure to…


SQL Server Virtualization, Consolidation and Private Cloud Resources

We’ve been seeing a lot of interest in optimizing SQL Server for virtualization private cloud deployment lately. Below is an attempt to put useful links to recent SQL Server virtualizaiton, consolidation and private cloud resources in one place, divided into a range of topics such as benefits, comparisons, products and tools, planning and what to consider. These…


Is this real? The Metaphysics of Hardware Virtualization

One of the philosophical principles of hardware virtualization is that the hardware should appear “real” to a virtualized operating system. One could generalize this to a principle of emulation – the emulated entity should not be “enlightened” to the reality of its environment.  It is a useful assumption to be able to make when managing virtualized resources. If virtual hardware…


New SQL Server Virtualization white paper published

A new white paper has been published on TechNet today: Planning, Implementing and Supporting SQL Server Virtualization with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Live Migration. Written by Shirmattie Seenarine and Ross Mistry the article goes into detail on how to set up and manage a SQL Server virtual environment. The abstract is reproduced below: This…