I have just finished reading “Virtualising SQL Server with VMware – Doing It Right” by Michael Corey, Jeff Szastak and Michael “WebScale” Webster. What a great read! For anyone who has business critical applications that use SQL Server and they want to virtualise with vSphere, this book is for you.
On a personal note, Michael Webster assisted my company in 2013 with a business critical SQL Server 2012 implementation, so I can attest to the efficacy of the methodology and techniques described in this tome.
The publication is 513 pages, comprising of 11 chapters that have the following content:
- Chapters 1 – 3 can be used for convincing management and the reluctant DBA on the benefits of virtualising physical SQL servers.
- Chapters 4 – 8 cover the “recipe for success” of people, process and technology; including the design choices you need to consider for SQL Server, Compute, Storage and Network.
- Chapter 9 is a great section detailing the Availability options you have with vSphere and SQL Server.
- Chapter 10 covers “baselining” the physical SQL Server before virtualising, to ensure a “right-sized” VM.
- Chapter 11 describes how to correctly test your virtualised SQL server.