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Planning SQL Server Availability Solutions in a Physical and Cloudy World.
This is a full day session taught by Allan Hirt. To register: We are no longer bound by implementations of SQL Server on physical hardware. Instances can be deployed on virtualized servers either on premises or in the public cloud. Databases can be hosted in those instances regardless of where those instances are located – or with no instance; just a database hosted in the public cloud. While many tenets of SQL Server will always hold true, such as needing the right performance, one major aspect anyone who is deploying SQL Server needs to get right is ensuring that databases and instances are up and running to meet the needs of the business. This full day session will cover how to approach both local availability as well as disaster recovery in a world where you have physical, virtual, and/or public cloud-based deployments. The high level agenda includes: Understanding the difference between local availability and disaster recovery, which can sometimes be more similar than different Learning about availability features at both the platform layer as well as in SQL Server, including newer features such as Storage Spaces Direct and Distributed Availability Groups Choosing the right feature for your availability requirements Choosing the operating system - Windows Server or a Linux distribution - that makes sense for your architecture or deployment, and the pros/cons/challenges of each Understanding the consideratins for hybrid solutions that span on premises (physical and/or virtual) and the public cloud or multiple public clouds Not only will you learn via instructional content as well as demos, but you'll also get hands on experience with a lab to reinforce some of the concepts shown during the day. You will need to bring your own laptop. Details on what to bring will be sent after registration. A light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided. The price is $250. A $50 early bird discount will apply until March 9 (no need to enter any codes). A $25 discount will be in place from March 10 – 16. After that, it goes back to full price. The instructor for the day is Boston area-based dual Microsoft MVP and 2017 VMware vExpert Allan Hirt. Allan is a SQL Server mission critical expert who has been working with and helping customers using SQL Server since 1992 when it was still a Sybase product. Allan is the founder of SQLHA LLC which provides consulting and training worldwide on all mission critical topics such as virtualization, architectures, high availability, and disaster recovery, and is the author of numerous books, whitepapers, and articles. • What to bring Laptop. • Important to know To register and for tickets:


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