Session 2 – Understanding the SQL Server Availability Features

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Presented by: Allan Hirt Before you can design a solution, you have to understand the options that you have available to you. This session will cover the most popular options such as failover clustering instances, availability groups, and more. Other options, such as virtualization and third-party solutions, will also be discussed.

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This video is part of the SQL Server High Availability Foundations On Demand training.

While performance is usually the first thing people think about when it comes to their SQL Server implementations, there’s no point in having the most optimized system in the world if your databases or instances are not up and running. Are you currently achieving your uptime goals? Do you understand the different options available to you when it comes to SQL Server high availability? Are you curious to see what it really takes to achieve uptime? If so, these three sessions are designed for you.

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