Don Boxley

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Don Boxley Jr is a Co-Founder of DH2i Company. This is Don's third technology startup. Prior to DH2i, he held senior marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard where he was instrumental in sales and marketing strategies that resulted in significant revenue growth in the Scale-out NAS business.

Don spent more than 20 years in a range of management positions for leading technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, CoCreate Software, Iomega, TapeWorks Data Storage Systems and Colorado Memory Systems. Don earned his MBA from Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.

Where Are the Next SQL Server Opportunities? Follow the Money
I sometimes talk to “financial types” about what we’re doing, who our target customers are and what ecosystem we’re innovating in. The funny thing is, when I say, “We’re focused on the Microsoft Windows Server ecosystem—we think it’s a great place for innovation,” I usually get a little silence followed by, “Oh, is Linux on your roadmap?” I come away from these encounters bemused by this reaction to perceived opportunities within the Microsoft Windows Server ecosystem. So let’s look at where the data center money is.
SQL Server Containers: Science Fiction or Reality?

I read an article by David Linthicum back in December 2014 that laid out the following scenario: 

Overcoming Our Fear of Change in 2015
As I look at the research on change management, there seem to be some common reasons for why we fear change within organizations. Maybe you’ll recognize some of these in yourself or your organization.
Why 2015 Will Be the Year of Containers for SQL Server 1
It’s that time of the year to make predictions for next year, so here’s mine: 2015 will be the year of containers for SQL Server. I can already feel the momentum building.
Impressions from the 2014 Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference
While attending the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management conference in Las Vegas, Don Boxley shares some early impressions and interesting experiences.
What's Your SQL Server Uptime Target - and Can You Achieve It?
What's your SQL Server uptime target? How do you compare to your peers?
Can Container Virtualization Unlock the Promise of Stacked SQL Server Instances?
In spite of technical and operational challenges, the stacking of SQL Server instances is something we should be driving toward in order to achieve the significant economic benefits of stacking instances.
Stack Instances to Unlock Millions in "Hidden" SQL Server License Value
I talk to SQL Server users most days and the question I'm asked most often is always some variation of "How can I get more out of SQL Server for less money?" I tell users the secret to significantly reducing the cost of deploying SQL Server is simple: Stack instances.
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What Do We Do to Reduce Complexity in the Next Generation of the Datacenter?
Over the next 24 months, the use of private/hybrid cloud environments to run SQL Server is projected to grow 82 percent.
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Top 5 Things to Look for in a Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) Provider
For SQL Server users who can't afford to build, configure, test, and maintain an effective SQL Server disaster recovery plan (DRP), disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) can be a great option.
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Virtualization Model: Financial Trade-offs for Virtual OS Environments
Check out this tool to help you analyze the financial trade-offs of using different licensing options for SQL Server running on a virtual machine (VM), which Microsoft calls a Virtual OS Environment (OSE).
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Using Windows Server Failover Clustering with SQL Server: Are You Clusterphobic? 3
Clustering as a general technique to increase the availability of SQL Server applications and services is not bad. There are only bad clustering products.
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Need for Control Drives SQL Server Platform Choices
Recent research shows that SQL Server users are deploying a variety of environments and running SQL Server on-premises in a virtual machine (VM) is by far the preferred environment.
SQL Server Enterprise or Standard? A Hands-On Planning Tool to Get it Just Right 2
Learn about a planning tool that some people have found quite effective for analyzing the financial trade-offs of changing their use of SQL Server Enterprise and Software Assurance.
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Dead Birds in the Storm of a SQL Server Audit: 3 Tips to Keep from Getting Killed on Licensing Costs 2
Microsoft's licensing rules are very complex. But here are three tips that will get you moving to the median of the Microsoft licensing bimodal distribution curve for SQL Server.
Using Windows Server Failover Clustering with SQL Server: Are You Clusterphobic?
October 13, 2014

Your are absolutely right! I should have been more clear. Starting in version 2005 Standard Edition supports a maximum 2-node cluster. SA would only be required if you need...

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