24 Hours of PASS—Into the Blue

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I was really happy to be selected to speak at this year’s SQLPASS Summit, and one of my topics has me even more excited. As you may have noticed in this blog, or via some of the many presentations I’ve done on the topic, Disaster Recovery is a real area of interest for me. I think it comes from spending most of my life in the path of hurricanes and tropical storms. Anyway, Disaster Recovery is generally always expensive—and it’s something (much like flood insurance) that is used infrequently, so it’s one of the first things that gets cut out of IT budget. Additionally, while large companies may have three or more geographically disparate data centers, many smaller organizations have a room in their main building, or just a cage or two at a local colocation center. So what is my presentation about?

Starting in April 2013, when Windows Azure Virtual Machines went live, we’ve had the ability to create an AlwaysOn Availability Group, which spans from our on premise data center into Windows Azure. Yes, there is some magic that needs to happen on the network and Active Directory side of the shop to make this happen—but it’s getting easier. In the presentation, we’ll take a look at what you need to tell your AD and Network teams to do in order to make this hybrid solution happen. I’ll also outline the benefits—both from a cost and technology perspective, of implementing a hybrid solution. If you look carefully, you’ll notice I’ve avoided the word “cloud”—oops everyone take a shot, anyway I’m trying to make this presentation not about buzzwords and more about building solid solutions for companies that might not have the ability to do it otherwise.

Currently, there are some limitations to doing this hybrid Availability Group solution compared to doing it on premise, however they are going away rapidly. If you tune in to my session at the 24 Hours of PASS, you might even get to see some surprises and new tech!

Session 23 – August 1, 2013 at 10:00 GMT

Into the Blue: Extending AlwaysOn Availability Groups

Joseph Dantoni
Cloud Application Development & Deployment 

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