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SQL Server for Linux Is Here and A New Chapter for Mission Critical

JeffKyle

Learn about new mission-critical deployment options from HPE now available with the release of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2017.

Blog_SQL_NEW.jpgHere at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we know choice is a good thing. And now you have a new choice for your critical database workloads: Microsoft has announced the release of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2017, delivering a consistent data platform across both Windows Server and Linux.

We were excited to learn that Microsoft had decided to bring its industry-leading relational database engine to the enterprise Linux ecosystem. In the market for nearly thirty years, SQL Server has long been viewed as a strong and reliable resource for department/branch database needs. With a series of enhancements in recent years, SQL Server has become an excellent choice for mission-critical enterprise workloads as well.

Have it your way

Now, with the addition of compatibility with Linux and Docker, SQL Server is a strong candidate for a wide range of core operations in the enterprise, including critical ones requiring high levels of availability or currently hosted on Oracle and other enterprise-class databases.

Interested in migrating from Oracle to SQL Server, but committed to Linux? Maybe it’s time to take a second look. SQL Server has a significantly lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than similar enterprise data solutions.  And you now have more flexibility to bring departmental workloads into a Linux-based data center.

Combined with HPE’s next-generation mission-critical architecture, SQL Server 2017 gives you more deployment options than ever before.

New chapter for HPE Mission Critical

Whether deploying complex or large SAP® environments, supporting high transaction rates for online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, or leveraging business transaction data for real-time analytics with mixed workloads on a single server, HPE mission-critical x86 servers provide the right foundation.

We have some new options for you, too.

SQL Server customers now have the opportunity to utilize the unique scale-up, modular architecture and seventh-generation Hewlett Packard Enterprise technology provided by HPE Integrity MC990 X.  A Linux platform, MC990 X offers unparalleled scale and flexible modularity for data-intensive Linux applications. MC990 X helps empower real-time analytics and accelerate business outcomes, delivering:

  • Unparalleled scale for in-memory computing—Enabling organizations of any size to start small and grow seamlessly to address the largest-scale data demands of SQL Server 2017.
  • Unprecedented modularity—With common building block design providing exceptional flexibility for you to scale up or out with optimum ROI as you keep pace with business demands.

Offered with both Windows Server and Linux, HPE Integrity Superdome X is an efficient bladed x86 design that brings the highest levels of availability to SQL Server 2017. Built from the ground up for reliability, with UNIX-like RAS features delivering five-9’s availability, Superdome X offers an industry-leading combination of reliability and performance. It includes flexible, electrically-isolated partitions to enable a single system enclosure to support different OS versions, SQL Server revisions, and diverse workloads, all running independent of each other.

Both servers support up to 48 TB of memory* and can take full advantage of SQL Server’s in-memory capabilities to dramatically speed up transactions and analytics by reducing storage latency.

Serviceguard for Linux—for SQL Server

While standardizing on x86 platforms running Linux® or Windows is a compelling idea from a management and efficiency standpoint, it can be a risky choice for mission-critical applications if the underlying platform lacks high levels of availability and reliability.

Maximize the uptime of your critical SQL Server 2017 workloads on Linux with HPE Serviceguard for Linux. This market-leading high availability and disaster recovery clustering solution protects your applications from a multitude of infrastructure and application faults across physical or virtual environments over any distance.  It reduces the impact of unplanned downtime without compromising data integrity and performance, and helps you achieve near-zero planned downtime for maintenance. A beta evaluation version for SQL Server 2017 is available for Redhat and SUSE Linux distributions.

HPE and Microsoft: customer choice

It is no secret that HPE has partnered very closely with Microsoft for decades. Building on a deep 30-plus year partnership, Microsoft and HPE offer solutions that deliver exceptional innovation and value, to help customers solve problems, capitalize on opportunities, and drive success. With more than 29,000 joint HPE | Microsoft Partners worldwide, the expertise of HPE Pointnext services, and a huge community of HPE/SQL Server users, trust HPE when it’s time to modernize your data center with infrastructure and services for SQL Server and critical enterprise applications.

Stay tuned for future posts with more details on our next-generation mission-critical solutions for SQL Server 2017. 


 * A single instance of Windows Server 2016 can leverage up to 24 TB of available memory.

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About the Author

JeffKyle

Jeff is a 25-year technology industry veteran with experience in hardware and software engineering, customer sales and support, business planning. product management and marketing, including the last 15 years with HP and HPE. Jeff leads the hardware and software product planning and management teams for HPE Servers focused on delivering the Mission Critical Solutions portfolio.

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