Getting started with SQL Server on private cloud

, 2012-06-06

I have been invited to a private beta of SQLDirector by ScaleGrid. “SQLDirector is a MS SQL as a Service (SaaS) solution for the private cloud.” It is a software solution for your private cloud or virtualization infrastructure.

SQLDirector makes the deployment of SQL Server on virtual infrastructure quick and easy by bypassing the complexity of configuring virtualized environment with intuitive single-click wizard.

“SQLDirector allows easy one click provisioning, consolidation and virtualization of database instances.”

Each SQL Server instance is deployed to a machine pool that is mapped, in my case, to a VMWare vCenter ResourcePool (vCenter Server 5.0). According to their website, “The ScaleGrid solution works across heterogeneous virtualization platforms like VMware, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), Citrix XenServer etc.”

In the beta, I only have two options for my machine pool mapping: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and VMware vSphere 5.0.

Scale Grid is generous enough to provide me my own machine that I can access via VPN (thanks to Ankit!).

Let me walk you through the the Scale Grid software. I am creating a SQL Server 2012 database in this demo:

Single Click Wizard

Scale Grid Database Wizard

SQL Server Instance (beta only supports New instance)

SQL Director Instance creation

Setting up Authentication

SQL Director Authentication

Database Setup

SQL Director Database Setup

High Availability Setup (not available in beta)

SQL Director provides High Availability

SQL Director Provisioning Steps

Scale Grid SQL Director Provisioning Steps

Machine/Instance Information

Virtual Machine created by Scale Grid

SQL Server Status on SQL Director

SQL Server Status on SQL Director

Accessing The SQL Server On The Private Cloud

Connecting To The Cloud SQL Server on SQL Director

SQL Server On Private Cloud via SQL Director

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