Azure Storage Solutions for your SQL Needs as presented by Michael Wall

Welcome to the August 16th, 2023 HYBRID meeting!

We are once again meeting in person in Vancouver, WA at the downtown Umpqua Bank in their Community Room!

You may have noticed a change in date, we are now meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month once again at 6:00 PM PST.  We will have snacks and networking before the main meeting.

But… we will continue to operate monthly online meetings through the PNW collaborative facilitated by the Oregon Data Community.  Due to this, you will be able to attend the meeting remotely and we are definitely open to remote speakers.


Please register at Meetup!

In order to encourage questions during the presentation, please use chat which will be monitored and/or use the raise hands option in Teams.  Please be mindful of the other attendees and mute your mic!

We will be starting at 6:00 PM PST/3:00 AM CEST

Schedule (may be fluid due to discussions and Q/A):
6:00 – 6:30 PM – Snacks/Announcements/Networking
6:30 PM – Presentation




Title: Azure Storage Options for your SQL Needs


Migrating to the cloud has become a fairly commonplace activity, but what do you do once your systems and data are up there?  If I’ve chosen a VM, how do I set up my storage?  Should I choose premium disk or ultra?  What are the limitations?  What about the cost?

Now we have the choice of Azure SQL Business Critical?  Is my business critical?  Why would I need such a solution?  It’s the same with Azure SQL Managed Instance!  There are multiple tiers of service and storage and which one is needed for my business?

Join us for a session that dives deep into the various options in the cloud for storage, how to determine your business needs, and finally look at some real life scenarios.  Everything has changed and nothing has changed in the migration to the cloud, but there are a number of tips and tricks that can be used in order to optimize your not so cheap investment in the cloud!


Michael Wall has been an IT professional going back to when he had his own software store and worked with his customers with their “dose” problems.  Originally hired by a small consulting firm to write web pages, he was thrust into the SysAdmin world when their lead consultant changed the passwords of all of the servers at a major pulp and paper company’s systems to 100%s$%t and walked out the door.  He was sent down with a copy of UNIX for Dummies and 50 cents for the bus ride back.  Fast forward a few years, he was asked if he wanted to be a DBA after successfully managing a fifty server Y2K upgrade.  Since then, he’s never looked back and has survived a number of data and system challenges.

When not wrangling cats at home, he currently keeps busy with being active in the SQL Community by presenting and coordinating.  He is blessed with a wonderful family and two lazy cats and keeps treading water literally down at the local pool whenever he can escape his many migration projects.

Here’s Mike!



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