What? You still think RAC is the answer for your high end database platform requirements even with SQL Server 2012 & SQL Azure now released! Time to think again

If you really have a requirement for scaling out your database workload today then an option that is available to you is the public cloud with SQL Azure. This enables you to future proof your architecture and manage the scale without the complexity and overhead of managing the infrastructure. You can be future proofed by…


SQL Server Denali AlwaysOn–Q&A

Since the release of SQL Server Denali CTP3 I have been talking more and more to customers and partners about this release and one of its great new capability called AlwaysOn. The AlwaysOn feature basically provides an easy way for DBAs to enable High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for their application and custom database(s)…


Whitepaper: SQL Server High Availability Whitepaper by SQL CAT Team – Failure Is Not an Option: Zero Data Loss and High Availability

  When it comes to financial transactions of customers and their money, it is absolutely imperative that none of these transactions is ever lost due to an IT system failure (or any other type of failure). This white paper shows you how to create a Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure that enables operation for zero data…


SQL Server High Availability: Technical Case Study

The SQL CAT Team have just released another SQL Server High Availability case study. This time it is based on a Australian customer – Queensland Rail’s implementation of a geo-clustered SQL Server using Hitachi SANs with Truecopy. This infrastructure is used to run their SAP databases which was migrated of mainframe – z/OS with DB2….


Whitepaper: High Availability with SQL Server 2008

This white paper describes the technologies available in SQL Server 2008 that can be used as part of a high-availability strategy to protect critical data. As well as describing the technologies in detail, the white paper also discusses the various causes of downtime and data loss, and how to evaluate and balance requirements and limitations…