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Q&A with Denny Cherry

SQL Server 2012 in a Highly Available World

Q: If your pre-con had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Probably anything from Metallica or AC/DC (which may or may not be played before the pre-con starts). You’ll just have to come to the pre-con to find out for sure.

Q: What excites you most about today’s SQL Server high availability options?
AlwaysOn Availability Groups are really the big HA solution these days for SQL Server 2012. The fact that you have HA and DR in a single solution is just a great thing, especially as there is no SAN configuration required.

Q. Where does your workshop take attendees beyond what you might cover in a 60- or 75-minute session?
In this session, we’ll be looking at all the available HA options, and not just at a high level. Beyond that, we’ll also be looking into which solution is the correct solution based on requirements.

Q. What's the most surprising statement attendees might hear you say during the pre-con?
That there are places where I’d deploy Database Mirroring instead of AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

Q. What’s the biggest myth in HA that you’d like to debunk?
That one solution fits all the problems.

Q. What still trips you up in your adventures with clustering?
The biggest issue with clustering today is probably getting the storage correct.

Q. If attendees could start putting into practice just one thing after your pre-con, what would you want that to be?
I really hope that they take the exercises at the end of the session back to the office right away and use them to figure out if they’ve got the correct solutions in place - and if not, to begin switching to the correct ones.

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