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Availability Groups versus Clustered Instances of SQL Server
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 @ 5:30 PM
(You must RSVP by 4:00 PM, the Tuesday prior to the meeting to attend...make sure you get a reply)
Microsoft Corp, 200 E Randolph Dr, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601
Cluster MVP and SQLHA co-founder Allan Hirt is a consultant, published author, speaker, and trainer who has been using SQL Server since 1992. Allan travels all over the world to work with and train clients and presents at major conferences such as PASS Summit and TechEd. He is currently working on the book "Mission Critical SQL Server 2012," the follow-up to the popular "Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering" (Apress). You can read his blog and contact him at http://www.sqlha.com.
When mentioning the word cluster, people generally have one idea in mind when it comes to SQL Server – clustering the instance itself (also known as an FCI). However, with SQL Server 2012, Microsoft changed the game by introducing availability groups (AGs) which also require an underlying Windows Server failover cluster (WSFC). This has created a lot of confusion for DBAs and implementers alike. This session will clarify both the similarities and differences between these two major availability features as well as provide some practical deployment tips. Windows concepts will be front and center and discussed in context of implementing both AGs and FCIs.