DH2i has a vision of enabling Microsoft SQL Server-based applications to migrate transparently between and among physical, virtual and cloud environments. It has been offering technology to do just that since it was founded in 2010. The company just launched its the newest approach to enable SQL Server-based application mobility, a Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) offering, with its partner RackSpace.
This new CaaS offering is designed to allow Microsoft’s SQL Server applications to be deployed in DH2i’s DxEnterprise container management software in containers. This makes it possible for enterprises to deploy “containerized” Windows-based applications in the cloud.
This approach, DH2i claims, makes it possible for customers to reduce the cost of its cloud-based workloads by 50% when compared to the typical cost of standard cloud service offering. The company points out that the container-based approach is less costly than virtual machine-based cloud service offerings.
DH2i mentioned that there were several other benefits to this approach including built-in high availability (HA) capabilities and workload mobility. This approach also helps enterprises with workload health and quality of service management.
This new offering supports Windows Server 2008R2 through 2016, and can manage SQL Server instances version 2005 to 2016—of any edition—in any combination.
Snapshot analysis — the proper choice of virtualization technology makes a big difference
Virtual machine software has been the darling of the industry even though there are other types of virtual processing software and six other types of virtualization technology. For some reason, the industry has been convinced that virtualization equals the use of virtual machine technology.
Unfortunately, this has meant that virtual machine software became a knee-jerk selection for many organizations even though it might be more costly and perform more slowly than other approaches. DH2i and RackSpace are pointing out that another approach, such as the use of containers, a example of operating system virtualization and partitioning (OSVP) technology, might be a better choice.
There are many layers of technology that virtualize some portion of a computing environment. Each is directed towards a different goal including performance, reliability/availability, scalability, consolidation, agility, or creating a unified management domain.
Kusnetzky Group analysts point out that It is wise for decision-makers to take the time to understand the needs of each of their workloads and make an informed choice of virtualization technology rather than reaching for virtual machine software at every juncture.
A clear understanding of the organization’s objectives, its level of expertise and its budget makes the selection of tools better. To make an informed choice. enterprises would be wise to speak with suppliers, such as DH2i, and learn about other viable approaches. DH2i offers support for SQL Server in many different virtual environments and can suggest which approach would be most cost effective, perform the best and match the enterprise’s need for reliability and availability.