What Holiday Emergencies Can Teach Us About Disaster Recovery

Christmas and New Year have just gone by. You may have stories about how you celebrated the holidays – the sumptuous meals shared with all of the family members, the conversations around the fireplace, opening gifts on Christmas eve, etc. Ours is a bit different than usual. Because, on the day before Christmas, we were on […]

Recent Amazon and Skype Outages and The Cost Of NOT Having A Proper HA/DR Strategy

This week started off with news about the Amazon AWS DynamoDB’s outage and Skype’s network-related issues. For organizations who do not run mission-critical applications on Amazon or who use Skype for communications, this may not be a big of a deal. But for companies like NetFlix, Buffer (I use this to schedule some of my social […]

What Multibase Differential Backups Are and How They Can Cause Failures To Your Backup Strategies

Taking database backups is still considered to be the most important task that any database administrator does. That’s why it is also important to make sure that database backups not only complete successfully but have also been validated and tested. I’ve written several blog posts about the importance of backups and why having successful backups is not enough. […]

Knowing and Understanding Your Disaster Recovery Strategy

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at SharePoint Saturday Montreal – being one of the few English speakers for the event – on the topic of SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery options for SharePoint. After my presentation, one of my SharePoint MVP friends approached me about a database corruption issue that happened on […]

Data Types and How They Affect HA/DR

I previously wrote about Data Types and How They Affect Database Performance which was a way to get database developers to think about the small things that affect overall performance. As a high availability and disaster recovery (HA/DR) professional myself, I like to think of how data types affect database availability and recoverability. The fact […]