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March 14, 2017 6:00 PM • Bellevue Sheraton, 100 112 Ave NE, Bellevue

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DAMA-PS Spring Conference

Event Date - May 18, 2017

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Thank you to Max Myrick for a very informative February Chapter Meeting where the discussion focused on "The Art and Science of Designing Mission Critical Database Systems"

Save the Date for Tuesday, March 14th for the March Chapter Meeting. 

Summary of Event:

When asked to design a critical database system, too many people pick a High Availability feature and then design the solution around it. This usually results in a costly and disappointing design. In this session we will discuss the five basic archetypes for mission critical database systems, as well as the history of some of the more interesting and less often used availability options. You will also get a glimpse of how some of the largest mission critical systems are created using a distributed model where redundancy replaces failover. While you may not be able to revisit your current designs right away, what you learn will improve how you approach thinking about making your database systems as fail-proof as possible.

What Was Learned:

  • Learn the big picture of creating a highly available database systems which are built from the five core types of availability functionality.
  • Receive a basic understanding of the underlying technical challenges for failover and how these affect various implementations available today
  • Get exposure to the rarely-seen super-scale class of database systems which use massive parallelism to provide the highest levels of availability and uptime.

Speaker Profile:

Max Myrick is a database consultant whose experience includes 16 years at Microsoft with 5 years on the SQL Server development team where he ran the SQL Customer Lab and then the Sustained Engineering team. He was a founding member of Microsoft's Mission Critical team where he worked with the largest database applications on that platform worldwide for almost a decade. Max was a regular speaker for Microsoft and has continued to speak at PASS and other SQL conferences since becoming a managing partner of SQLHA LLC where he continues to design and build mission critical database systems for customers worldwide.


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