Like other organizations, Asante looked to virtualization to solve many of its datacenter challenges. They needed to consolidate, control costs and achieve higher availability for their business-critical systems. While virtualization did provide some wins, there were still workloads that could not be collapsed — particularly SQL Server applications that required multiple servers for high availability. Because of the business-critical nature of these applications, vendors were building clusters and large over-the-top SQL Servers with lots of redundancy and high availability. This ultimately led to some big issues for Asante with excessive licensing costs and SQL Server sprawl.
Solution and Results
Michael York of Asante identified DxEnterprise as an effective instance- level high availability solution, and a viable alternative to clusters for SQL Server applications. Similarly to their approach to virtualization, Asante started with low-hanging fruit to manage with DxEnterprise, but ultimately realized it was applicable across the datacenter.
Eventually, they were able to safely consolidate 15-20 instances per server—helping them save big on server overhead and licensing costs. Along with the massive consolidation benefits and enhancement in high availability, DxEnterprise also helped Asante eliminate operational and lifecycle headaches like patching. It even provided them the single solution needed to enable multi-subnet disaster recovery to protect Asante’s multiple locations. The best part—it could be implemented at any time, on any infrastructure.
We didn’t understand that we could scale back and use SQL Server better by safely stacking instances on the same box to get more out of our hardware. DxEnterprise does a much better job of running high-end workloads right where you need them, and with all the management capabilities built in. You’re not doing anything for your bottom line by running SQL Server in VMware. Today, if I build two physical SQL Enterprise servers, I’ve already saved money by building one with DxEnterprise, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in fixed and recurring SQL Server costs. This is the easiest way to do stretched clusters.”
Benefits of DxEnterprise
Saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing costs
Alleviated management stress and reduced operational lifecycle complications like patching
Created new revenue source: offering electronic medical record services to hospitals outside of Asante’s network
Massive improvements in consolidation and availability
Gained disaster recover solutions with easy multi-subnet failover for multiple locations