|July 12, 2018||
If you are planning to implement a high availability cluster to protect SQL Server, you need to understand your Windows Server cluster quorum options. I explained these options in a recently recorded webinar which is available here. You may also be interested in a free white paper, “Understanding Windows Server Quorum Options for SQL Server Clustering” Here are some Q&As from the session.
Q: if we have a three node on premises cluster running Windows 2012 R2 is it possible to put another node in the Azure cloud and failover to it? Azure node?
Q: If you failover from an on-premises SAN-based cluster to a node in the cloud, is the SAN storage just for the local machines? Do they have a separate set of storage in the cloud, or is the cloud server actually able to access the SAN storage?
Q: Can you failover and failback when you have a cluster with both on-premises nodes such as SAN and nodes the cloud?
Q: If you have multiple nodes in a cluster, are there limitations with clustering as far as what can be accessed in terms of the RAM and CPU limitations – or is it based on the Windows operating system and the version of SQL Server?
– Dave Bermingham, SIOS Technology Corp. Technical Evangelist; Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP
|July 2, 2018||
Celebration time! Big party and big changes for SIOS and an exciting week at the University of South Carolina. More on that party a little later…
After two years of searching, we finally moved. Our R & D team is now in downtown Columbia, SC. Office moves happen all the time. But this wasn’t just any move. We moved right onto the campus of the University of South Carolina. USC, my alma mater. And right into the heart of the Department of Engineering and Computing at the brand new Innovation Center building alongside IBM and other tech companies.
The fit is perfect, for us and the university. We have great, real-world experience in bringing artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to life with our SIOS iQ product and the university has made AI a centerpiece for their academic focus as they build their curricula.
This is a unique setup. The university is large, 34,000 strong. And it’s one of the fastest growing communities in the country. The leaders here are forward thinking – by putting this building smack in the center of campus, they’ve created the perfect environment for tech companies like ours to work alongside faculty and staff towards innovation and learning. And we’re there with them!
We have given the university a $475,000 grant for SIOS iQ, our AI-based software. I’ll work directly with the faculty and students to define research projects and programs in AI and machine learning. SIOS iQ will be an important part of that research.
Have I mentioned what our new office looks like? It is a beautiful modern environment with lots of glass, open space, and great working areas with a huge kitchen filled with the goods! Our meetups are going to be special here!
Now, back to the celebration. Faculty, staff, and guests gathered for opening remarks from President Pastides, Dean Haj-Hariri, CEO, Jerry Melnick and our own board chairman, Nobuo Kita. Then came the ribbon cutting, champagne toast, and catered party in our new suite. A great time had by all and a great start for our team at USC.
– Sergey Razin, SIOS Technology Corp. Chief Technology Officer
|May 18, 2018||
SIOS DataKeeper™, an AWS Customer Ready Solution: High Availability and Disaster Recovery for Microsoft SQL Server
More and more companies are looking to run SQL Server in the cloud to take advantage of the flexibility and cost-savings that it delivers. However, many cloud migration projects have been plagued by confusion about high availability protection options in the cloud where the shared storage needed for traditional failover clusters is not available. IT teams are understandably cautious. Downtime for these databases and the applications running on them can have costly consequences, including interruption of essential business operations, reduced end-user productivity, and poor customer satisfaction.
High Availability Options in AWS
But, good news! IT teams have more high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) protection options in the cloud than many realize. You can even save thousands of dollars while still delivering comprehensive HA failover clustering protection for Microsoft SQL Server in AWS.
To simplify and accelerate the deployment of high availability SQL Server clusters in the cloud, Amazon Web Services is offering SIOS DataKeeper™ Cluster Edition on AWS Marketplace and can be deployed automatically using an AWS Quick Start. The AWS Quick Start deployment is perfect for organizations starting their venture into high availability clusters in the cloud.
With the AWS Quick Start program, system administrators and managers can use the SIOS Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) on AWS Marketplace to see firsthand how easy it is to deploy a two-node SQL Server cluster in AWS with SIOS DataKeeper™. The SIOS AMIs on AWS Marketplace provide a customer-ready solution to protect business-critical applications in AWS.
SIOS DataKeeper™ Cluster Edition for HA & DR in AWS
SIOS DataKeeper™ Cluster Edition is the first high availability and disaster recovery solution to combine fully automated, application-centric clustering and efficient data replication. SIOS DataKeeper™ integrates seamlessly into Windows Server Failover Clustering environments, enabling them to work in a cloud where shared storage is not possible.
SIOS, an APN Standard Technology Partner, solves the problem of HA and DR by replicating your SQL Server data between availability zones and/or Regions on AWS and integrates with failover clusters to allow you to build SANless clusters on AWS. SIOS DataKeeper™ overcomes the lack of a SAN on AWS, enabling you to build failover cluster instances just using local attached storage.
Leverage the AWS Quick Start to set up an AWS environment for SIOS DataKeeper™ Cluster Edition and deploy it to your AWS account. This Quick Start uses AWS CloudFormation templates to deploy SIOS DataKeeper™ into a new or existing virtual private cloud (VPC).
|February 15, 2018||
2017 was a remarkable year at SIOS with the ground shifting all over our industry and that was reflected both in what we saw in own business and what customers and partners told us.
SQL and SAP Moving to the Public Cloud
It’s all been about cloud – surprise? Not really. But the speed in which this has happened for the critical apps that SIOS protects is what IS surprising. A few short years ago, we saw a few adventurous souls taking their SQL applications to the public cloud and thought “this is not for the faint of heart”. But, 2017 established the trend and now I can safely say this is the future. The majority of our new customers are racing to the cloud with their most important treasures – database applications that run their businesses. They’re moving whole datacenters. We’re helping them. And SAP, the most critical of critical applications for businesses are being migrated in a significant way, and SIOS is providing the linchpin HA services they need to protect it. This trend is clearly a litmus test and indicator of a serious appetite for serving up mission-critical assets in public cloud. It’s just the start.
PASS Summit Confirms Cloud Migration Projections
And then there was PASS Summit 2017. Amazon and SIOS co-sponsored an amazing breakfast panel with industry luminaries Joey D’Antoni, Allen Hirt, Geoff Hiten, and David Klee to discuss running SQL Server in the cloud. We attracted a record-breaking attendance at 6:30 AM in the morning! And 80% of the attendees told us (as they munched bacon) that they would be moving to the cloud in 2018. Certainly, nothing like that was in the air in 2016.
Machine Learning for High Availability
Machine Learning has arrived – It’s hard to pick up a tech article that doesn’t mention AI or machine learning (ML) these days. And we’ve been building out a very sophisticated ML product, SIOS iQ, for a number of years – well before this hype cycle overtook us. It was tough in the early days explaining how machine learning works to simplify, save time and save money. Certainly, there’s been interest and appreciation. But 2017 was a game changer. The conversations have changed. The audience is more educated. They’re more appreciative of the true uniqueness and value of what we’ve done and it shows – we were named a finalist at VMworld Best of Show. Leading industry analysts have taken note of the innovation that our IT analytics platform delivers.
What’s up for 2018 – So, here we are now. Delivering HA for critical database apps in all the three major public clouds – Amazon, Azure, and Google. Operations in these will be the new normal. Now, the real excitement will build across this year as you see us marry our machine learning technology to our availability offerings. We’ll be setting the standard for machine learning powered availability and a breakthrough to help you reach those SLAs you’ve promised in the cloud –
stay tuned . . .
|September 6, 2017||
VMworld 2017 Recap: SIOS iQ Named Best of Show Finalist
Another VMworld conference is behind us, and this year was an exciting one. Highlights of the show included major announcements about the availability of VMware on AWS. The SIOS team saw a lot of interest in machine learning analytics for virtual environments.
We are proud that the judges from TechTarget named SIOS iQ a finalist in TechTarget’s Best of VMworld Awards in the Workload Management and Migration category. SIOS iQ IT Analytics automatically learns the behavior of interrelated objects in IT infrastructure to give customers quick answers to VMWare infrastructure questions including those about workload management and migration. TechTarget’s panel of expert judges evaluated 90 products on display at VMworld 2017 and named winners in seven categories.
Additionally, David Klee, Heraflux Founder Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert also came by the booth to demonstrate an exciting new software solution that integrates with SIOS iQ during to correlate the SQL Server performance issues to specific changes in the infrastructure to determine the root cause and recommend specific solutions. SIOS iQ also helps with SQL Server workload management by recommending specific ways to eliminate wasted virtual resources and optimizing infrastructures for performance and availability.
SIOS Contributes to Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
In our planning efforts this year, we decided that, instead of giving away swag, we would make a contribution to a worthy cause for every card scan. We are proud to be contributing $1000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
While we were at the event, we were saddened to learn about the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. As a result, we are also making a $1000 contribution to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Thanks to all who stopped by for making this possible!
Congrats to Raffle Winner!
Finally, congratulations to David G. who is the winner of our raffle for a Bebop Drone!