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Cloud Based Monitoring – the TCO is Compelling

These days organisations are more comfortable and adept at deploying critical systems to the Cloud, however, the same support challenges faced in on-premise environments are now being encountered in the Cloud. One important challenge that needs to be met in the Cloud is how to maximise system uptime and avoid the unexpected at the same […]

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Posted in: AWS, Azure, Cloud, DBA, SQL Server Monitoring

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Licensing Active/Passive SQL Server Configurations in the Cloud

Considering a SQL Server active/passive configuration in the Cloud? If so, be prepared to fork out more in SQL Server licensing if deploying to shared third party server providers like Azure and AWS. First of all you will need software assurance to be able to assign a BYO SQL Server license to a VM running […]

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Posted in: Availability Group, AWS, Azure, Cloud, High Availability

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SQL Server Failover between AWS and Azure using SQL 2014 Standard Edition

In Part 1 of this series I described how to create a three node, multi-site SQL Server 2014 cluster across two AWS servers and an Azure VM using SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition to mirror the clustered data disk. On the positive side the article presented a neat and robust HA/DR solution for AWS cloud implementations, […]

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Posted in: AWS, Azure, Cloud, Cluster, High Availability

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SQL Server Failover between AWS and Azure – Part 1

We have all heard the story about the online business whose AWS account got hacked and had all of its Cloud inventory destroyed, then there’s the occasional scenario where a Cloud provider is totally disabled by a “core” infrastructure fault. What if you could seamlessly failover between Cloud providers and eliminate the “all eggs in […]

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Posted in: AWS, Azure, Cloud, Cluster, High Availability

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Announcement – SQLRDS by DBInsight Now on the AWS Marketplace

The SQL Server Relational Database Services (SQLRDS) by DBInsight has now been released on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace site. The AWS Marketplace link is here and the SQLRDS official site is www.sqlrds.com SQLRDS by DBInsight maximises your uptime, security and performance of your SQL Server, and if Murphy’s Law does strike then DBInsight will […]

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Posted in: AWS, Azure, Company News

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Press Release: Relational Database Services (SQLRDS) Now Available

DBInsight today has announced the release of their new SQL Server Relational Database Services (SQLRDS) for cloud based and on-premise SQL Server environments. SQLRDS implements a best practice framework for database administration, management and monitoring that prevents data loss and maximises your SQL Server’s performance and system uptime. SQLRDS is squarely aimed at the AWS […]

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Posted in: AWS, Azure, Cloud, DBA, News

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SQL Server 2014 Licensing Fine Print Shockers – Part 2

As a follow up to the May 2014 article SQL Server 2014 Licensing Fine Print Shockers (here), Microsoft have indicated that MSDN subscriptions licensing would be allowed on “Dedicated” AWS EC2 instances, so in this case you don’t have to use production licensing for a dev/test SQL Server on a EC2 instance. Note when you […]

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Posted in: AWS, SQL Licensing

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SQL Server Backup to/Restore from AWS S3 Storage

The use of AWS S3 storage to store SQL Server backups makes sense, firstly it is significantly cheaper than EBS, secondly you can encrypt what’s stored and thirdly you can manage backup file retention and lifecycle using inbuilt functionality. Whether you decide to backup to local EBS disk first for performance then copy to S3 […]

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Posted in: AWS, Cloud, Database Backups, DBA, SQL Server Tools

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Cloud Application Design Paradigm Shift

I recently read the SQL Server Blog article Data-intensive Applications in the Cloud Computing World by Mark Souza, General Manager, Windows Azure Customer Advisory Team and it really drove home the concept that moving applications into the Cloud is not just about moving an application and related database to respective virtual machines running in the […]

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Posted in: AWS, Azure, Cloud, Trends

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