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Delivering a Complete Data Platform for the Modern Datacenter with Cloud OS
Today’s organizations need the ability to seamlessly build, deploy and manage applications and services across on-premise and cloud computing environments. The Cloud OS platform with Windows Server® 2012, Windows Azure, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 work together to provide a consistent platform from on-premises to cloud computing environments. For database applications, we have identified 3 (three) important scenarios where customers will benefit with the Cloud OS platform:
For non-virtualized environments in an on-premises data center, Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 provide the best platform for mission-critical workloads in these areas:
Organizations are also seeking a cloud-optimized IT infrastructure that can span from a private cloud behind your firewall to a public cloud behind a service provider’s firewall. One key element to achieving this is having a common virtualization platform across private and public clouds. This increases efficiency and performance across infrastructures, which is essential for database applications. Windows Server 2012 offers the best virtualization platform for SQL Server 2012. By working together, SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012 offer a seamlessly integrated, on-premise and cloud-ready information platform to meet the demands of today’s enterprise. We have just published a white paper on the detailed benefits on this integration. Key benefits include:
We have also published the latest performance report for SQL Server 2012 running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Key points from the performance report include:
When compared to VMware vSphere 5.1, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers a number of advantages for SQL Server workloads:
Hyper-V proves to be the best solution for virtualizing SQL Server databases, with superior capabilities in many areas, whilst offering significantly better TCO than VMware. Many customers understand the benefits outlined in the summary and they have chosen to run their SQL Servers using Hyper-V or have switched their existing SQL Server to Hyper-V from VMware. See these case studies for more details.
Microsoft’s Cloud OS platform consisting of SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows Azure, and Visual Studio 2012 offer a unique and consistent platform, from on-premises, to cloud computing environments, to help organizations modernize their datacenters by leveraging the CAPEX and OPEX efficiencies that cloud computing environments provide. Customers should consider using this platform by trying SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows Azure, and Visual Studio 2012.