by Sam Marraccini (@EMCMSFT)
This Blog title comes directly from today’s press release, even better is the sub title "EMC Portfolio Enables 80% Faster Provisioning, 4X Better Performance and Up To 30X Less Backup Storage for SQL Server Applications."
EMCs commitment, across divisions and products, is by far the largest partnering effort I have experienced in my 13 years at EMC. This sponsorship is being covered across the globe and covers just about every technology here at EMC. I spend some time in Redmond, Washington tracking down EMC engineers to find out exactly what they have been doing to prepare for the Microsoft SQL 2012 launch event.
I did my best to capture as much as possible in the latest edition of “Inside the Partnership (EMC/MSFT) – SQL Server Special Edition” (Episode #21)
The video is a little longer than normal, ok a lot longer, but it does capture a significant amount of work being done, and yet I didn't get to cover everything. So stay tuned to this blog for more episodes, and maybe a podcast? ;-). The video could have been 6 or 7 separate episodes of Inside the Partnership but I wanted to look more holistically at SQL 2012 and EMC integration across divisions.
I started with Brian Martin (Sr. Director Microsoft Technical Alliance) then spent a little time on the EMC Storage Portfolio in general before visiting: Colin Bailey (Sr. Director Symmetrix Product Marketing), and Jon Siegal, (Sr. Director Product Marketing EMC Unified Division).
I spent some time with Eyal Sharon and Haiyan Hyang in the solutions lab. Eyal spent some time in the video demonstrating the advanced performance we are seeing with EMC Fast Cache and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Eyan and Haiyan are leading the team of engineers working on the two Proven Solutions highlighted in today’s press release.
EMC SQL Server 2012 Readiness – Performance with VMAXe FAST VP and SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Local Availability Groups – This solution documents technology considerations for utilizing the new SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups with EMC FAST VP and EMC VMAXe. The focus of this solution is to create availability groups on a FAST VP enabled VMAXe to support business requirements for read-only secondary database replicas. This approach allows for the dedication of the primary replica for mission critical online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads while isolating OLAP/BI demands.
EMC SQL Server 2012 Multi-Site Disaster Recovery – Enabled by SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups, EMC VNX and FAST Suite – This solution documents technology considerations for utilizing the new SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups, with EMC FAST Suite and EMC VNX unified storage. The focus of this solution is to utilize the new SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn transaction-level replication technology to maximize the availability of a set of user databases between two distant sites while enabling the database storage efficiency and performance to be optimized by using EMC FAST Suite on VNX 5700.
In addition to the solutions work Txomion Barturen (Sr Manager, Partner Engineering) spent some time reviewing remote clustering and specifically the work EMC is doing in the SQLCAT labs. Get the Whitepaper here SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn: Multisite Failover Cluster.
And in case you missed the Why EMC for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 introduction here it is:
As mentioned previously EMC is a Diamond Sponsor of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 launch, that sponsorship included a virtual presence in the exhibit hall, not to mention speaking sessions in the global symposiums. Here is what the EMC booth looked like at the Virtual Launch Event:
Stay tuned for some BIG news regarding Inside the Partnership!
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