VMware provides virtualization for all the critical infrastructure components that SQL Server requires for high performance and consistent operations. In addition to providing low-cost and consistent private cloud services for workloads, VMware is also now pioneering hybrid cloud operational models that span private and public cloud architectures. Many organizations have adopted a “virtualize first” standard to lower infrastructure costs, standardize skill sets, provide consistently high availability, and simplify disaster recovery.
As reported in SQL Server Transformation: Toward Agility and Resiliency, 94 percent of SQL Server professionals who responded to our survey reported having some level of virtualization in their environment. Seventy percent of those using virtualization reported that VMware was their primary virtualization technology provider. More than half of survey respondents—60 percent—reported rates of SQL Server virtualization of 75 percent or more. Further, survey results provide strong evidence that having high availability and disaster recovery implemented in the virtualization layer were important factors in the decision to virtualize SQL Server databases.