As its tenth birthday approaches, Microsoft prepares to end extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. This date has been known since product launch, there are now less than 12 months to retire or replace aging SQL Server estates. In the past, when we hit extended support end date, that's..
It’s been a while since my last blog post, but the beauty of time marching forwards is that lovely new features get released in Azure for me to write about.
Something I always remember as a kid is that when we got a cool new bit of technology, I'd use it for a while and then my next port of..
Since its announcement 8 years ago, Azure SQL Database (DB) has been the go-to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering for SQL Server workloads in Microsoft Azure. During that time, SQL DB has matured to the point where the chasm that once existed with the boxed product we know and love, has..
Recently I was asked what the difference was between Azure SQL Database (SQLDB) and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. (SQLDW) If you connect to them both via Management Studio there doesn't seem to be much difference, but the real answer is 'a lot'.
Hi everyone! I’m Chris and I’ve recently joined Coeo as a Cloud Consultant. I specialise in helping customers looking towards the cloud with all aspects of Azure cloud adoption and usage..
I’m quite a fan of automation when it comes to Azure. Automating the build of your environments in Azure has..
Keeping up with the pace of the Azure cloud evolution is tough at the best of times. Just when you think you are getting on top of it, Ignite comes along and Microsoft drop a cluster of feature bombs which means you spend most of your Saturday updating your Visio architecture diagrams. Thanks a..
Configuring scheduled database backups has always been an important activity for database professionals. As we transition our SQL Server workloads into Microsoft Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), we now have a number of options available for backing up databases which at first glance can..
I’ve blogged previously about the need to configure a quorum witness on failover clusters and now with Windows Server 2016 there’s a great new quorum option – a cloud witness.