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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding APS Hardware Configurations

What is Microsoft APS?

The Microsoft APS Appliance is a Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) database appliance that is engineered

to support businesses challenges around

  • Data Growth,
  • Infrastructure Modernization &
  • Real-Time Analytics.

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The following three vendors manufacture Microsoft APS Hardware:

  • HP
  • Dell
  • Quanta

Typically APS is bought as a “RACK” or a fraction of a rack.

 

  • HP sells APS hardware in 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and Full rack configurations; going up a size adds 15TB in disk space
  • Dell and Quanta sell APS Hardware in 1/3, 2/3 and Full rack configurations; going up a size adds 22TB in disk space

So if you were to buy HP hardware, this is how you would scale up:

 

HP APS Appliance

1 Base Unit

Add On

# Compute Nodes

2

4

#SQL Compute Nodes

2

4

# SQL Cores

32

64

SQL Computing Memory (GB)

512

1024

SQL Usable Capacity RAW (TB)

15

30

SQL Capacity Compressed (TB)* estimated

75

150

On the other hand, if you were to go down the path of buying Dell or Quanta hardware, this is how you would scale up:

Dell or Quanta APS Appliance

1 Base Unit

Add On

# Compute Nodes

3

6

#SQL Compute Nodes

3

6

# SQL Cores

48

96

SQL Computing Memory (GB)

768

1536

SQL Usable Capacity RAW (TB)

23

46

SQL Capacity Compressed (TB)* estimated

113

226

Stay tuned for more information on Microsoft APS.

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