SQL Server with Mr. Denny


October 3, 2016  4:00 PM

Just because you are in the cloud, doesn’t mean you can skip those DR plans

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

You moved your critical infrastructure to the cloud.  You’re now relying on the cloud for 100% of your customer facing systems.  Did the sales person from your cloud provider tell you that you didn’t need DR any more because you are relying on their rock solid infrastructure?  Did you believe them?

I hope you didn’t believe them, because they were wrong.

Now, you’re probably thinking that this isn’t the first time that I’ve talked about this, and you’d be rightVery right. There was even a webinar.  And yet people still think that they don’t need a DR plan when running services in the cloud.  When I loggedAsia into the Azure portal over the weekend I was greeted with this unhappy looking map.  This outage in Azure isn’t just a small little outage. There’s an entire storage cluster offline this weekend.  This means that there’s some decent chunks of the East Asia region offline at the moment.  This is the exact reason why you need to have a DR plan available and executable, even when working in the cloud.

The cloud isn’t some magical platform for running services in thin air.  It’s servers, in racks, in data centers, owned by someone else.  If you aren’t prepared when those servers fail, and they will fail, then you are going to be in a world of hurt when they do fail.

I wish I could say that the cloud will just take car of this automatically, but it won’t, probably even.  So as the technology people who are building solutions in the cloud, we need to be able to handle these sorts of failures, just like we would have on-premises by having our systems designed and build with DR in mind. We need to have DR plans at the ready so that we can survive these sorts of failures.

Now this isn’t the only outage that Azure has had this year.  But they also aren’t the only cloud provider to have an outage this year.  According to the latest numbers (January through August) which I’ve seen Azure has been available 99.9982% of the time while Amazon AWS has been available 99.9975%.  Now these aren’t self reported numbers, these are the numbers from Gartner’s Cloud Harmony report.

Every cloud provider has outages. How we plan for them and execute them decides how well we handle the outages that come up.

Denny

September 30, 2016  6:08 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 30, 2016

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
Apache Spark, Azure, Internet of Things, SQL Server, VMware

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny


September 26, 2016  5:18 PM

Your PASS Summit Speaker Idol Judges

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
SQL Server

Last week I announced the PASS Summit 2016 Speaker Idol contestants.  This week it’s time to announce the judges.  We’ve seen most of the judges at speaker idol before, so we know how great a job they’ll do.  Last year we had 5 jPASS 2015_SpeakerIdol_Banners_338x116_1udges each day and six at the finals and things were a little to cramped at the judges table.  So this year we’ve reduced the number of judges by one.  For each of the opening rounds we’ll have four judges, then at the finals we’ll have five judges.

Our judges this year for Speaker Idol will be:

Joey D’Antoni
Allan Hirt
Karen Lopez
Mark Simms
Kendra Little
Andre Kamman

Now you might be noticing that there are six names when I said that there would only be 4 judges plus one for the finals.  Because of how tight the schedule at the PASS Summit is we can’t have the same judges judging all the sessions, so we decided to break things up a little, which gives us a chance to work with an amazing new judge for this year, Kendra Little.

The way the judging lineup will land will as follows.

  Wednesday Thursday Friday Finals
Joey X X X X
Allan X X X
Karen X X X X
Mark X X X X
Kendra X
Andre X

I think that we’ve got a really great lineup of judges for this years Speaker Idol. Each one of our judges is a very well known speaker and they’ll all be able to give really great feedback to our contestants.

I’d really like to thanks our judges for offering to give up some a large chunk of time at the summit to do this (there’s only so many sessions at the summit, and this is a big chunk of time).

I’m really looking forward to this years speaker idol, I know everyone is going to go great.

And I’ll see everyone Wednesday at the first speaker idol session.

Denny


September 23, 2016  6:31 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 23, 2016

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
Apache Spark, Azure, SQL Server, VMware

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny


September 19, 2016  11:48 PM

Announcing your PASS Summit 2016 Speaker Idol Contestants

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

Well the time has come to announce the PASS Summit 2016 Speaker Idol contestants.  We had a great group of people submitPASS 2015_SpeakerIdol_Banners_440x220 to present at the speaker idol, and I have to say that the selection process was quite tough.  But thankfully it’s all over, the folks who have been accepted into this years event have been told (and they replied).  Those you weren’t selected have been notified.

All that’s left now is to tell everyone else.  The speaker order for each day will match what’s listed here.

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Daniel Janik
Martin Catherall
Kevin G. Boles
Eric Peterson
Amy Herold
Tom Norman
Shabnam Watson
Tzahi Hakikat
Brian Carrig
Todd Kleinhans
Peter Kral
Robert Verell

For openness, I do know a few of these folks, but that wasn’t taken into account when I sorted the list.  As I’m not a judge what I want has no effect on the outcome.

By the Friday afternoon of the PASS Summit we will know which one of these will be the first speaker announced for the PASS Summit 2017.

Speaker idol sessions this year will be in room TCC Yakima 1 (go through the dining hall, down the escalators into the TCC). The Wednesday, and Thursday sessions will be held at 4:45pm. The Friday session will be at 11am. The finals will be at 3:30pm all in the same room. You can find the Speaker Idol sessions published on the schedule. You can either search for “Idol” or “Denny” and you’ll find the Speaker Idol Sessions so you can add them to your schedule.

Thanks for supporting PASS, thanks for supporting Speaker Idol, and be sure to swing by the Consultants Corner booth in the exhibit hall at booth 316 to get scanned for our prize drawing and to pick up some of our awesome swag!

Denny


September 13, 2016  1:54 AM

If your post title doesn’t represent your article, you have failed as a writer

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
Writing

I was minding my own business scrolling through Facebook while sitting on thliese airport shuttle to the rental car lot when I ran across the steaming pile of BS shown in the image to the right.  If you aren’t into reading graphics the title of the article is “My Eight Dollar Flight Upgrade Trick” (which I won’t link to).  In the article the author talks about how he buys candy for the flight attendants so that they are nicer to him (shocking, buying gifts for people make it so they are nicer to you).

In this article the author actually says that he doesn’t do this to get an upgrade (there’s a nice humble brag about getting upgraded all the time due to his status), in fact he doesn’t say that this ever works (hint: it doesn’t because upgrades are almost always handled by the computer in order; and are done by the gate agent not the flight attendant).

This is what we call click bait.  This happens when the author has written such a crap article, usually about nothing with no actual substance, that they have to trick you into clicking on the article in order to get page views.  When the editors look at the number of page views that they article gets the number looks great, so the author keeps getting contracts to write articles (because clicks and views equal ad revenue).  You’ve seen these before on Facebook and Twitter.  They come up in all walks of live from IT articles, travel articles, news articles, politics (political authors are REALLY good a writing BS).

When you see this stuff, leave comments about the title being BS. Write to the editors, or better yet if the title seems like crap, just don’t read the article.

Denny


September 9, 2016  5:18 PM

Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 9, 2016

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
SQL Server

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny


September 7, 2016  7:32 PM

PASS Summit 2016 Attendee Orientation Webcast

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

On October 7th at 11am PST / 2pm EST join me (Denny Cherry) at the PASS Summit 2016 Attendee Orientation. DuriPASS_16_SpeakingSmall_250x250ng this webcast we’ll cover everything you need to know about the PASS Summit, before attending the PASS Summit. This includes hotels, rental cars, parties, places t o eat, getting around the city and the convention center.

By the end of this webcast Seattle and the PASS Summit will feel like your second home.

Register today to hold your spot for this free webcast, and we’ll see you on the 7th.

Denny


September 7, 2016  6:00 PM

PASS Summit SQL Karaoke Tickets Going Fast

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry
IT conferences and events, SQL Server

original_jpg This year, like the past view years we’ll be kicking off the PASS Summit with a (loud) bang at Amber on 1st street in Seattle. There are still tickets available for this rocking party. This is the event to attend on Tuesday night to come out, have something to drink, sign some karaoke, watch others sign karaoke and have a great time.

Like we’ve done in prior years we’ll have a live band performing with our singers. This event has always been a hit at the PASS Summit in years past, and it’ll be a popular event this year as well.

Get your tickets before they sell out and come down, have a blast, make some noise and enjoy the party.

Denny


August 29, 2016  6:38 PM

PASS Speaker Idol Sign Ups Are Closing Soon

Denny Cherry Denny Cherry Profile: Denny Cherry

If you were planning on signing up for the PASS Summit Speaker Idol you have a little over two days left in order to get signed up. Signups close at 11:59pm on August 31st, 2016 as pure the official rules.

So go get signed up, or sign up your favorite speaker that you’ve seen at a SQL Saturday of other event.

See you at the summit.

Denny

P.S. Be there Tuesday night for the party at Amber. There are still tickets available, so get signed up for free drinks, free Karaoke and tons of fun on Tuesday night.


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