Our goal in developing a test methodology was to establish a comparison between a state-of-the-art SQL Server consolidation platform from 5 years ago, a legacy system, with a modern hyper-converged system, the Ready Solution for SQL Server. We used a simulated near-real-world workload that could be run on both the legacy system and the new hyper-converged platform. The legacy SQL Server consolidation environment consisted of multiple servers running VMware virtualization connected to a dedicated storage array. The modern hyper-converged consolidation platform is based on Dell EMC Ready Nodes for S2D.
The comparison of legacy and hyper-converged platforms provided a contrast that highlights performance and cost benefits. We designed our test approach to: