The Ready Solution is a validated hyper-converged architecture solution for your database ecosystem. The solution is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers with all-flash storage. Each server is a performance-based building block that is preconfigured with S2D. In this Ready Solution, we used four servers, which provide the resiliency to survive two planned SQL virtual machine (VM) failures without affecting database availability. The solution’s modular design enables a cost-optimized entry point and incremental growth through the addition of S2D nodes.
This innovative solution for database migration and consolidation reduces cost by eliminating the need for a traditional storage array while still providing the performance and scalability that production database workloads require. The solution is:
- Less expensive than an Amazon Web Services (AWS) dedicated M5 instance—A price comparison example shows that a 3-year up-front dedicated M5 with monthly expenses is more expensive than the Ready Solution using S2D. The M5 is Amazon’s newest Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance for general compute.
- Less expensive than similar legacy systems when comparing performance—You can achieve a cost savings by decommissioning legacy servers and moving to the new Ready Solution for SQL Server.
The Ready Solution for SQL Server can be preloaded with Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and comes with design and deployment guides to accelerate time-to-value. Every part of this database solution can be customized to meet the demands of your database ecosystem.
The solution provides:
- Cost savings—S2D software-defined storage negates the need to invest in proprietary SAN storage.
- Incremental growth flexibility—The modular architecture enables you to start with four Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 server-based Ready Nodes and grow to as many as 16 nodes.
- Less infrastructure, less complexity—Each PowerEdge R640 server takes 1U of rack space and easily connects to existing network infrastructure.
- Fault tolerance—Three-way mirroring and dual parity storage configurations enable the database to survive two failures and still be available to the business.
- Performance—The all-flash configuration delivers sub-millisecond latency combined with a high number of transactions per second (TPS).