Converged infrastructures (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) are designed to reduce the complexities of modern databases by offering a fully engineered solution with life-cycle management. Databases are unique in that licensing and performance considerations are equally important to the business. The positioning of database licensing on converged solutions can represent significant uncertainty or risk to the business. However, many businesses successfully run databases on CI, proving that this approach does work.
A blend of the multivendor and CI approaches offers an integrated and tested solution that is designed for database workloads. This reference architecture for mixed workloads has been designed and tested for SQL Server and Oracle databases running on the same validated infrastructure, which includes Dell EMC PowerEdge and PowerMax products. The Dell EMC PowerEdge MX modular infrastructure enables you to dedicate servers to specific databases. In this solution, we demonstrate how SQL Server and Oracle databases use dedicated servers for simplicity of management, scalability, and efficiencies in licensing while using one Dell EMC PowerMax 2000 storage array to support the mixed workloads.