SQL Server Deployment on Nutanix

Published on 05 Apr 2022

SQL Server Deployment, Nutanix

Despite the current focus on NoSQL databases and cloud-native apps, your organization continues to rely on relational databases such as Microsoft SQL Server for mission-critical applications, often in conjunction with software from other industry leaders.

A recent study supports this:

  • More than 80% of databases in 2020 will still be relational
  • Seventy per cent of new apps will continue to use relational databases (Gartner login required)

IT teams may have a thorough understanding of SQL Server and its supporting architecture, but that does not imply there is no potential for improvement. In today's corporate climate, it is essential to modernize your data centre infrastructure in order to operate all applications more effectively and reduce administration overhead without losing speed or availability. The difficulties you experience while using SQL Server in a conventional IT environment include the following:

Silos And Low Utilization

The silos of IT infrastructure that have been built to meet specific database and application requirements increase direct capital expenditures. Due to the inability to exchange resources across silos, resource utilization may be poor the majority of the time. It is fairly unusual for servers to operate with merely 20% CPU usage. These inefficiencies result in the need for more gear to complete the task.

Due to the difficulty of building and maintaining conventional IT infrastructure and the power, space, and cooling requirements of all that "extra" equipment, SQL Server might incur substantial operating costs. Too much time and energy is spent by administrators worrying about infrastructure, and not enough time is spent considering application innovations or business-supporting services.

High Availability

Despite the effect of application unavailability and data loss being well-known, the majority of mission-critical apps are inadequately safeguarded. The inability of legacy data protection and disaster recovery systems to adapt to the requirements of current virtualized applications and infrastructure. Current settings need excessive downtime for upgrades and maintenance, and unscheduled outages are commonplace.

Multiple Database Engines

Even though SQL Server is your main database, you may run alternative database engines to meet a variety of requirements. Deploying each database engine on its own siloed infrastructure with a separate administration, data protection, and DR would significantly raise complexity and costs while reducing operational agility.

Hybrid Cloud

The majority of businesses are adopting a hybrid cloud operating model, with some on-premises apps and services and some on the cloud. However, connecting your present apps and infrastructure to the cloud may not be clear. To get the most out of the cloud, you will need a hybrid on-premises infrastructure.

In a world that requires cloud agility, businesses are realizing that operating SQL Server databases and applications on conventional IT infrastructure — with individually sourced servers, storage, and storage networks — is neither flexible nor scalable enough. IT teams devote an excessive amount of time and energy to routine administration chores that keep the lights on but do not advance the company.