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Understanding The Emerging field of AIOps – Part II

This is the second post in a two-part series highlighting how AIOps is changing IT performance optimization. Part 1 explained the basic principles of AIOps. The original text of this series appeared in an article on Information Management.  Here we look at the business requirements driving the trend to AIOps.

Why do businesses need AIOps?

IT pros move more of their business-critical applications into virtualized environments. As a result, finding the root cause of application performance issues is more complicated than ever.  IT managers have to find problems in a complex web of VM applications, storage devices, network devices and services. These components that are connected in ways IT can’t always understand.

Often, the components a VMware or other virtual environment are interdependent and intertwined. When an IT manager moves a workload or makes a change to one component, they cause problems in several other components without their knowledge. If the components are in different so-called silos (network, infrastructure, application, storage, etc.), IT pros have even more trouble figuring out the actual cause of the problem.

Too Many Tools Required to Find Root Causes of Performance Issues

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SIOS AIOPS Survey

The process of correlating IT performance issues to its root cause is  difficult, if not impossible for IT leaders.  According to a recent SIOS report, 78 percent of IT professionals are using multiple tools to identify the cause of application performance issues in VMware. For example, they are using tools such as application monitoring, reporting and infrastructure analytics.

Often, when faced with an issue, IT assembles a team with representatives from each IT silo or area of expertise. Each team member uses his or her own diagnostic tools and looks at the problem their own silo-specific perspective. Next, the team members compare the results of their individual analyses identify common elements. Frequently, this process is highly manual. They look at changes in infrastructure that show up in several analyses in the same time frame. As a result, IT departments are wasting more and more of their budget on manual work and inaccurate trial-and-error inefficiencies.

To solve this problem and reduce wasted time, they are using an AIOPs approach. AIOps applies artificial intelligence (i.e., machine learning, deep learning) to automate problem-solving. The AIOPs trend is an important shift away from traditional threshold-based approaches that measure individual qualities (CPU utilization, latency, etc.) to a more holistic data-driven approach. Therefore, IT managers are using analytics tools to analyze data across the infrastructure silos in real-time. They are using advanced deep learning and machine learning analytics tools that learn the patterns of behavior between interdependent components over time.  As a result, they can automatically identify behaviors between components that may indicate a problem. More importantly, they automatically recommend the specific steps to resolve problems.

What’s Next for AIOps?

Virtual IT environments are creating an enormous volume of data and an unprecedented level of complexity. As a result, IT managers cannot manage these environments effectively with traditional, manual methods. Over the next few years, the IT profession will rapidly move from the traditional computer science approach to a modern “data science” AIOPs approach. For IT teams, this means embracing machine learning-based analytics solutions, and understanding how to use it to solve problems efficiently and effectively. Finally, executives need to work with their IT departments to identify to right AIOps platform for their business.

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Optimize SQL Server Performance and 5 Other Things to Do at VMworld 2016

#1. Experience an Augmented Reality Guided Tour of SIOS iQ Machine Learning Analytics Solution for SQL Server Performance

Root cause of SQL Server performance issues with SIOS iQ machine learning analytics
SIOS iQ machine learning analytics with enhanced reality headset.

Try to improve your SQL Server performance in this fun augmented reality demo. See how you can save money by solving performance issues in one click. Identify wasted virtual resources.  Optimize your VMware application environment.

#2. Attend Breakout Session

SIOS CTO Sergey Razin, Ph.D., and SQL Sentry’s Brian Davis present – Use Cases in Performance Root Cause Resolution for SQL Server. They show you how to use vRealize Operations Manager, SIOS iQ Analytics, and SQL Sentry Performance Advisor. Learn best practices for identifying and resolving application performance issues in SQL Server. Identify SQL Server performance issues using VMware vRealize Operations Manager, characterize infrastructure root causes and recommended solutions with SIOS iQ machine learning analytics solutions, and define application-specific root causes with SQL Sentry Performance Advisor.  9/1/2016 for Use Cases in SQL Server Performance Root Cause Resolution.


#3.  Stop by SIOS Speaking Session in Tegile Booth #2057 to Learn Keys for Implementing Cost-Efficient Storage Accelerationtegile performance

SIOS Director of Field Engineering will be a guest presenter in the
Tegile booth #2057. He will talk about using machine learning analytics for a successful storage acceleration strategy. He will show how to use it to accelerate SQL Server performance.


#4.  Stop by Book Signing with vExpert Michael Corey in SIOS Booth #2361corey book

VMware vExpert and noted author Michael Corey will be in the SIOS booth on August 30 to sign his book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right. The first 10 attendees to arrive at the book signing will receive a free copy. The book is also available in the show bookstore.


#5. Join Guest Presenter: SQL Sentry in SIOS Booth #2361 for Demo of Integration of SIOS iQ and SQL Sentry Performance Advisor

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Stop by SIOS Booth #2361 on Monday, August 29 at 2:00 PM-3:00 PM and Tuesday, August 30 at 11:00 AM to noon to see a demonstration by SQL Sentry’s Brian Davis for a live demonstration of integration of SIOS iQ with SQL Sentry Performance Advisor. Learn how this integration bridges a critical gap between IT infrastructure administrators and SQL Server administrators. See how easy it is to find and resolve SQL Server performance issues with SIOS iQ and SQL Sentry.

Yes, You Can Have a SQL Server Cluster in VMware without Raw Device Mapping

As companies look to move SQL Server to VMware environments, they soon face the challenge of how to provide high availability protection. The problem is that Windows Server Failover Clustering requires shared storage, so in VMware environments you need to use Raw Device Mapping to give VMs direct access to the SAN. RDM limits your ability to use important VMware features such as vMotion, snapshots, and Virtual Consolidated Backup.

A simple solution is to add SANLess clustering software, such as SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition, to your WSFC. It uses efficient block level replication to synchronize local storage to appear to WSFC as a shared disk without the need for RDM. You get high availability protection without sacrificing VMware features, flexibility or performance.

I discussed this easy strategy and provided a brief demonstration in a recent webinar:

High Availability for SQL in VMware without Raw Device Mapping (On Demand Recording)

You may also be interested in viewing the following Clustering 101 webinar hosted by Microsoft Cluster MVP, Dave Bermingham:

Clustering 101 Webinar: VMware Guest Based High Availability Clusters – Ways to Protect SQL and Maintain Flexibility
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May 27, 2015: Live Clustering 101 Webinar: Live Q&A – The Human Impact of SQL Server High Availability in Virtual Environments

To provide the high availability (HA) protection your mission critical applications require, your SQL Admins may have to work closely with VM Admins . In this month’s Clustering 101 webcast, Microsoft MVP, Dave Bermingham will answer your questions and provide key insights to help understand the implications of introducing HA to your SQL Server environment for you and your admin professionals.

You can participate before the event by tweeting your questions to @SIOSTech using #Clustering101 and of course bring your own questions and comments.

Register Now

Live Q&A about High Availability in the cloud: Bring Your Questions
Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 10:00a PDT — 1:00pm EDT

About Clustering 101 Series

Clustering 101 is a webinar series hosted by Microsoft MVP, Dave Bermingham focused on addressing the numerous facets of clustering for high availability, data replication and any combination there of. This series will air monthly, the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00a PST / 1:00p EST.

About Dave Bermingham

David Bermingham is recognized within the technology community as a high availability expert and has been honored by his peers by being elected to be a Microsoft MVP in clustering since 2010. David’s work as director, technical evangelist at SIOS Technology Corp., has him focused on Microsoft high availability and disaster recovery solutions as well as providing hands on support, training and professional services for cluster implementations. David holds numerous technical certifications and draws from more than twenty years of experience in IT, including work in the finance, healthcare and education fields, to help organizations design solutions to meet their high availability and disaster recovery needs. Learn more at www.us.sios.com

Press Release: SIOS Webinar Reveals Strategies for Helping SQL Server and VM Admins to Jointly Ensure High Availability in VMware Environments

SAN MATEO, CA – May 13, 2015 SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), maker of SAN and #SANLess clustering software products, today announced a live webinar featuring Microsoft SQL Server MVP and VMware vExpert David Klee that will reveal strategies to ensure moving SQL Server to VM environments does not impact performance.

Titled, “Is HA pitting SQL Database Admins against VM Admins? Keeping the Peace with SANLess clusters,” this webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT.  To register, please visit:  http://us.sios.com/2015-05-webinar

Moving SQL Server to a VM environment has a very real impact on the IT staff involved. To provide the high availability (HA) protection this mission critical app requires, SQL Admins may have to work closely with VM Admins. If performance suffers, the relationship can quickly become contentious. In this webinar, Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert David Klee will review four common use cases that pit SQL Admins against VM Admins when SQL Server HA is involved. He will also describe a simple way for SQL Server admins to provide HA without the need to involve VMware admins.

About the Speaker

David Klee is a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert with over 17 years of IT experience. David spends his days handling performance and HA/DR architecture of mission-critical SQL Servers as the Founder of Heraflux Technologies. His areas of expertise are virtualization and performance, datacenter architecture, and risk mitigation through high availability and disaster recovery. You can read his blog at davidklee.net, and reach him on Twitter at @KleeGeek.

About SIOS Technology Corp.

SIOS Technology Corp. makes SAN and #SANLess software solutions that make clusters easy to use and easy to own.An essential part of any cluster solution, SIOS SAN and #SANLess software provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. The unique SIOS #SANLess clustering solution allows you to configure clusters with local storage, eliminating both the cost and the single-point-of-failure risk of traditional shared (SAN) storage.

Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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SIOS, SIOS Technology, SIOS DataKeeper, SIOS Protection Suite, Clusters Your Way, and associated logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of SIOS Technology Corp. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Contact:

Beth Winkowski
Winkowski Public Relations, LLC for SIOS
Phone: 978-649-7189
Email: bethwinkowski@us.sios.com

May 19, 2015: Live Webinar: Is HA pitting SQL Database Admins against VM Admins? Keeping the Peace with SANLess clusters.

Moving SQL Server to a VM environment has a very real impact on the IT staff involved. To provide the high availability (HA) protection this mission critical app requires, SQL Admins may have to work closely with VM Admins. If performance suffers, the relationship can quickly become contentious. In this informative webinar, SQL Server MVP and VMware vExpert, David Klee will review four common use cases that pit SQL Admins against VM Admins when SQL Server HA is involved. He will also describe a simple way for SQL Server admins to provide HA without the need to involve VMware admins.

This webinar is interactive so come ready to ask your questions, add your comments, and join the discussion.

Register Now

Date: Tuesday May, 19th 2015
Time: 10:00a / 1:00p (Pacific/Eastern)

About David Klee
David Klee is a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert with over seventeen years of IT experience. David spends his days handling performance and HA/DR architecture of mission-critical SQL Servers as the Founder of Heraflux Technologies. His areas of expertise are virtualization and performance, datacenter architecture, and risk mitigation through high availability and disaster recovery. You can read his blog at davidklee.net, and reach him on Twitter at @KleeGeek.

CMS Wire: Can the Cloud Handle Failover from SharePoint and CMS?

A new service that leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud for large-scale extended storage could enable more, and perhaps smaller, businesses to host their own applications in a hybrid cloud configuration.

SIOS Technology’s DataKeeper Cluster Edition is a service that could compel CIOs to think differently about “the cloud” than just that place where all the Dropbox files hang out together.

Most discussions of cloud storage in the pages of CMSWire are about file repositories, file sharing and document-based collaboration. For some CIOs, “the cloud” is the general name for Dropbox or Google Drive or whatever space all those various shared documents cohabitate.

The Success of Failover

So topics like failover clustering don’t usually merit a lot of space here.

That may change because of the following: Many of the on-premise databases maintained by CMS applications are not, in the formal sense, data warehouses. Or data garages or data lakes or any of the other myriad metaphors intended to infuse this subject with interest and intrigue.

But these databases (as we can attest to first-hand) are getting larger. So now we are seeing failover clustering — a common technology for replicating data at the block level to ensure availability — being extended to the cloud.

This trend began quietly in February 2014 with Amazon’s AWS Storage Gateway being adapted to support Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) and VMWare ESX iSCSI Initiator.

This enables applications hosted in VMware’s vSphere virtualization environment to recognize the AWS cloud as its failover cluster — which, in turn, enables smaller businesses with fewer internal data center resources to embrace more powerful on-premise applications, including in the CMS category.

Shared Nothing

Last week, SIOS Technology began competing with this approach by making its DataKeeper service connect to Microsoft’s Azure using the same WSFC protocol.

This way, SharePoint, SQL Server, Dynamics and other high-volume Windows software (the kind you find running these days in vSphere) can be easily configured to recognize Azure-based storage in a more failure-proof, “shared-nothing” architecture.

It’s the “shared-nothing” part that should get your attention.

“If I asked somebody to draw on a whiteboard what a cluster should look like, they would draw two or more servers and then some type of shared storage, typically that would be a SAN,” said Tony Tomarchio, SIOS’ director of field engineering, in an interview with CMSWire.

Of course, he’s referring to a storage-area network.

Naturally, administering a SAN oneself carries costs.

“But technically, a SAN is a single point of failure,” Tomarchio continued.

“If the shared storage, which all the cluster nodes are connecting into, has an issue, it could take down your entire cluster.”

In a shared-nothing architecture such as a SIOS SANless cluster, all the storage nodes are isolated and independent from one another.

It’s a failover cluster that, at least architecturally speaking, more legitimately earns its title because it’s more failure-tolerant.

SIOS had been producing block-level data replication software that pools together local storage devices into SANless, but shared, arrays. This way, higher-speed servers using local SSD devices (all-flash memory) could be leveraged as failover clusters — a lot less expensive than, say, an all-flash SAN.

“We present our replicated disk as a cluster disk, which looks and feels like it’s shared storage to the cluster,” explained Tomarchio, “when in reality, it’s not.

Which application you decide to protect within the cluster, is completely up to you.”

How This Relates to CMS

CMS systems such as Drupal cast their databases in an abstract fashion, so that they’re not restricted to single database formats. This abstraction means that drivers are used to connect Drupal to common database management systems such as SQL Server.

So it is no coincidence that the data most often replicated on SIOS SANless clusters, as Tomarchio told us, belongs to SQL Server. Highly available (HA) file-shares or HA Hyper-V virtual machines and SAP Central Services are other known use cases for DataKeeper, he noted.

“Because DataKeeper is a replication technology, we integrate with the cluster,” he said. “So this is an excellent solution for any clusterable service or application — not just SQL Server.”

View this article at CMS Wire

Press Release: SIOS Webinar Will Discuss High Availability Options for Microsoft SQL Server in Virtual and Cloud Environments

SAN MATEO, CA – March 12, 2015 SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), maker of SAN and #SANLess clustering software products, today announced a live webinar featuring Microsoft MVP, MCM and MCSM Denny Cherry that will discuss some of the high availability options available for Microsoft SQL Server in virtual server and cloud environments.

Titled, “High Availability, Disaster Recovery, Low Cost Storage in Virtual and Cloud Environments,” this webinar will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT.  To register, please visit:  http://us.sios.com/2015-03-webinar

This live, 30 minute webinar is for enterprises using SQL Server that are concerned about high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR) and low cost storage options to protect SQL data from downtime in VMware, Hyper-V, Azure, AWS, and other environments where traditional shared storage clusters are not an option. Denny will review some of the problems (both technological and financial) with these options, and how you can overcome these various problems. The webinar will conclude with a live Q&A session.

About the Speaker
Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2012 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years.  Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

About SIOS Technology Corp.

SIOS Technology Corp. makes SAN and #SANLess software solutions that make clusters easy to use and easy to own.An essential part of any cluster solution, SIOS SAN and #SANLess software provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. The unique SIOS #SANLess clustering solution allows you to configure clusters with local storage, eliminating both the cost and the single-point-of-failure risk of traditional shared (SAN) storage.

Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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SIOS, SIOS Technology, SIOS DataKeeper, SIOS Protection Suite, Clusters Your Way, and associated logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of SIOS Technology Corp. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Beth Winkowski
Winkowski Public Relations, LLC for SIOS
Phone: 978-649-7189
Email: bethwinkowski@US.SIOS.com

VMblog.com: High Availability vSphere for SQL Server: 5 Things You Need to Know

SQL Server administrators have many options for implementing high availability (HA) in a VMware environment. VMware offers vSphere HA. Microsoft offers Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC). And SQL Server in WSFC has its own HA options with AlwaysOn Availability Groups and AlwaysOn Failover Clusters.

Third party vendors also provide solutions purpose-built for HA and disaster recovery, and these often integrate with other solutions to create even more options. For example, some solutions leverage the AlwaysOn Failover Cluster feature included with SQL Server to deliver robust HA and data protection for less than the cost of AlwaysOn Availability Groups that require the more expensive Enterprise Edition.

This article highlights five things every SQL Server administrator should know before formulating a high availability strategy for mission-critical applications in a vSphere environment. Such a strategy is likely to resemble the multi-site configuration shown in Figure 1, which is not possible with some HA options.

1. High-Availability Clusters for vSphere require Raw Disk Mapping

The layers of abstraction used in virtualized servers afford substantial flexibility, but such abstractions can cause problems when a virtual machine (VM) must interface with a physical device. This is the case for vSphere with Storage Area Networks (SANs).

To enable compatibility with certain SAN and other shared-storage features, such as I/O fencing and SCSI reservations, vSphere utilizes a technology called Raw Device Mapping (RDM) to create a direct link through the hypervisor between the VM and the external storage system. The requirement for using RDM with shared storage exists for any cluster, including a SQL Server Failover Cluster.

In a traditional cluster created with WSFC in vSphere, RDM must beused to provide virtual machines (VMs) direct access to the underlying storage (SAN). RDM is able to maintain 100 percent compatibility with all SAN commands, making virtualized storage access seamless to the operating system and applications which is an essential requirement of WSFC.

RDM can be made to work effectively, but achieving the desired result is not always easy, and may not even be possible. For example, RDM does not support disk partitions, so it is necessary to use “raw” or whole LUNs (logical unit numbers), and mapping is not available for direct-attached block storage and certain RAID devices.

2. Use of Raw Disk Mapping means Sacrificing Popular VMware Features

Another important aspect of being fully informed about RDM involves understanding the hurdles it can create for using other VMware features, many of which are popular with SQL Server administrators. When these hurdles are deemed unacceptable, as they often are, they eliminate Raw Device Mapping as an option for implementing high availability.

The underlying problem is how RDM interferes with VMware features that employ virtual machine disk (VMDK) files. For example, RDM prevents the use of VMware snapshots, and this in turn prevents the use of any feature that requires snapshots, such as Virtual Consolidated Backups (VCBs).

Raw Disk Mapping also complicates data mobility, which creates impediments to using the features that make server virtualization so beneficial, including converting VMs into templates to simplify deployment, and using vMotion to migrate VMs dynamically among hosts.

Another potential problem for transaction-intensive applications like SQL Server is the inability to utilize Flash Read Cache when RDM is configured.

3. Shared Storage can create a Single Point of Failure

The traditional need for clustered servers to have direct access to shared storage can create limitations for high availability and disaster recovery provisions, and these limitations can, in turn, create a barrier to migrating business-critical applications to vSphere.

In a traditional failover cluster, two or more physical servers (cluster nodes) are connected to a shared storage system. The application runs on one server, and in the event of a failure, clustering software, such as Windows Server Failover Clustering, moves the application to a standby node. Similar clustering is also possible with virtualized servers in a vSphere environment, but this requires a technology like Raw Disk Mapping so that the VMs can access the shared storage directly.

Whether the servers are physical or virtual, the use of shared storage can create a single point of failure. A SAN can have a high availability configuration, of course, but that increases its complexity and cost, and can adversely affect performance, especially for transaction-intensive applications like SQL Server.

4. HA vSphere Clusters can be built without Sacrificing VMware Functionality

Some third-party solutions are purpose-built to overcome the limitations associated with shared storage and the requirement to use RDM with SQL Server’s AlwaysOn Failover Clusters and Windows Server Failover Clusters.

Figure 1 – A multi-site high-availability configuration protects applications from outages that affect an entire data center.

The best of these solutions provide complete configuration flexibility, making it possible to create a SANLess cluster to meet a wide range of needs – from a two-node cluster in a single site, to a multinode cluster, to a cluster with nodes in different geographic locations for disaster protection as shown in Figure 1. Some of these solutions also make it possible to implement LAN/WAN-optimized, real-time block-level replication in either a synchronous or asynchronous manner. In effect, these solutions are capable of creating a RAID 1 mirror across the network, automatically changing the direction of the data replication (source and target) as needed after failover and failback.

Just as importantly, a SANLess cluster is often easier to implement and operate with both physical and virtual servers. For example, for solutions that are integrated with WSFC, administrators are able to configure high-availability clusters using a familiar feature in a way that avoids the use of shared storage as a potential single point of failure. Once configured, most solutions then automatically synchronize the local storage in two or more servers (in one or more data centers), making them appear to WSFC as if it was a shared storage device.

5. HA SANLess Clusters deliver Superior Capabilities and Performance

In addition to creating a single point of failure, replicating data on a SAN can significantly reduce throughput performance in VMware environments. Highly transactional applications like SQL Server are particularly vulnerable to these performance-related factors.

Figure 2 – Testing of SQL Server’s AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SIOS #SANLess clusters shows the throughput advantage possible with replication techniques purpose built for high availability and high performance.

Figure 2 summarizes test results that show the 60-70 percent performance penalty associated with using SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups to replicate data. These test results also show how a purpose-built high-availability SANLess cluster, which utilizes local storage, is able to perform nearly as well as configurations not protected with any data replication or mirroring.

The #SANLess cluster tested is able to achieve this impressive performance because its driver sits immediately below NTFS. As writes occur on the primary server, the driver writes one copy of the block to the local VMDK and another copy simultaneously across the network to the secondary server which has its own independent VMDK.

SANLess clusters have many other advantages, as well. For example, those that use block-level replication technology that is fully integrated with WSFC are able to protect the entire SQL Server instance, including the database, logons and agent jobs-all in an integrated fashion. Contrast this approach with AlwaysOn Availability Groups, which failover only user-defined databases, and require IT staff to manage other data objects for every cluster node separately and manually.

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About the Author

Jerry Melnick, COO, SIOS Technology Corp.

Jerry Melnick (jmelnick@us.sios.com) is responsible for defining corporate strategy and operations at SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), maker of SIOS SAN and #SANLess cluster software (www.clustersyourway.com). He more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise and high availability software industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Beloit College with graduate work in Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Boston University.

Press Release: SIOS Clustering 101 Webinar Series Will Examine Best Practices in Maximizing SQL Application Availability in a VMware Environment

SAN MATEO, CA – January 22, 2015 SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), maker of SAN and #SANLess clustering software products, today announced that the next session in its Clustering 101 webinar series featuring Microsoft Clustering MVP Dave Bermingham will examine high availability clusters in VMware environments.

Titled, “VMware Guest Based High Availability Clusters – Ways to Protect SQL and Maintain Flexibility,” this webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 28 at 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST.  To register, please visit:  http://us.sios.com/2015-01-clustering101/

This live, 30-minute webinar will address questions including: How do you maximize availability and comprehensively protect SQL applications in a VMware environment without sacrificing IT flexibility or important VMware features? Can you have a cluster and multisite replication with VMware? Participants can tweet their questions prior to the event to @SIOSTech using #Clustering101 or bring their questions and comments to the session.

David Bermingham is recognized within the technology community as a high availability expert and has been honored by his peers by being elected to be a Microsoft MVP in clustering since 2010. David’s work as director, technical evangelist at SIOS Technology Corp., has him focused on Microsoft high availability and disaster recovery solutions as well as providing hands on support, training and professional services for cluster implementations. David holds numerous technical certifications and draws from more than twenty years of experience in IT, including work in the finance, healthcare and education fields, to help organizations design solutions to meet their high availability and disaster recovery needs. Learn more at www.us.sios.com

About Clustering 101

Clustering 101 is a webinar series hosted by Microsoft MVP Dave Bermingham focused on addressing the numerous facets of clustering for high availability and data replication. Webinars in this series are held the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST. Check the SIOS website for details: http://us.sios.com/about/news-events/

About SIOS Technology Corp.

SIOS Technology Corp. makes SAN and #SANLess software solutions that make clusters easy to use and easy to own.An essential part of any cluster solution, SIOS SAN and #SANLess software provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. The unique SIOS #SANLess clustering solution allows you to configure clusters with local storage, eliminating both the cost and the single-point-of-failure risk of traditional shared (SAN) storage.

Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.

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SIOS, SIOS Technology, SIOS DataKeeper, SIOS Protection Suite, Clusters Your Way, and associated logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of SIOS Technology Corp. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Contact:

Beth Winkowski
Winkowski Public Relations, LLC for SIOS
Phone: 978-649-7189
Email: bethwinkowski@US.SIOS.com