This Principled Technologies (PT) report presents a detailed review and recommended approach for consolidating Microsoft® SQL Server® 2000 and SQL Server 2005 databases to SQL Server 2008 using the Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 running Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 Enterprise.

PT reveals how an effective server consolidation effort has the potential to yield an environment with more consistent management practices and improved reliability, security, and hardware utilization — all the while maintaining the previous level of application performance. The study concludes that by consolidating SQL databases on five PowerEdge servers to one Dell R905 server with a PowerVault MD1000 storage array requires just over one-third the rack space, approximately one-third the power and one-fifth the number of SQL licenses used for the five servers. By consolidating servers, substantial savings can be captured through:

  • Hardware savings
  • Software license savings
  • Maintenance and staff savings
  • Reduced support costs
  • Power and cooling savings
  • Regulatory compliance savings

Save hardware, software and operational costs by consolidating multiple SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 databases on Dell PowerEdge 6650 servers to a single 2008 Dell PowerEdge R905 server with Dell PowerVault MD1000 storage array.