SQL Noob (5/15/2009)
is there any benefit to setting up a dev/qa cluster? we have clustered SQL servers but our dev and qa are on standalone sql servers and we have never had a problem
In addition there are components like replication, logshipping and mirroring that you may want to test while you combine multiple technologies and this not only applies to clustering but to any thing you want to test that could be possibly difficult to emulate on a real system.
"VM" should, In my opinion be the King of QA and DEV