In what can only be regarded as a breakthrough in hypervisor performance technology, it is now possible to run tier-1 applications on minimal resources and without regard for high-availability of any kind!
A fascinating new report from Enterprise Strategy Group reveals that one particular hypervisor is suddenly capable of running tier-1 applications on just 3 virtual CPUs and a mere 12GB RAM — power and efficiency at its finest. Not only that, the New Tier-1 App no longer requires application-level clustering to meet stringent SLAs! Simply throw your mission-critical SQL Server database on a stand-alone hypervisor and skip the shared block storage entirely — you just don’t need it anymore.
Comprehensive lab scalability testing has demonstrated and proven once and for all that it is indeed possible to put not one, not two, but eight mission-critical tier-1 applications on a single stand-alone hypervisor host with no need for HA protection of any kind.
Beyond the obvious cloud computing use cases one would envision NASA and other high-performance compute environments benefitting immensely. Customers using other hypervisors can only hope their vendors are feverishly working to provide similar performance and availability features so that the remaining universe of tier-1 applications can also be effortlessly virtualized on just 3 CPU cores and 12GB of memory.
The timing for this breakthrough is actually perfect, as SQL Server 2012 introduces a new per-core licensing model that would have sent costs through the roof if not for this remarkable advancement — bullet dodged!