Real World Expertise You Need

Data drives modern business. The systems and infrastructure serving up data must be fast, highly reliable, available, and secure. The degree to which your company accomplishes these four will determine its success or eventual failure. When your business is on the line, you want to work with people who have been there, done that in the real world. You need the right answers, best guidance, fastest problem resolution, and knowledge transfer. You need a genuine partner that cares about your success in both the short and long term. That is SQLHA®.

Microsoft and VMware turn to SQLHA® for help from time to time, shouldn’t you?

Why Choose SQLHA?
What We’re Known For
What it’s like to work with SQLHA

About Us

At SQLHA®, we have a passion for SQL Server and the full stack beneath it whether on premises, cloud, physical, or virtual. We started SQLHA® because it became apparent data was driving companies in both technical and non-technical ways; addressing both aspects would be necessary. At the same time, we wanted to make sure the human aspect was not forgotten and ensure that on every engagement we treat others as we would want to be treated.

SQLHA® managing partners Allan Hirt and Max Myrick have worked with SQL Server, Windows Server, clustering, infrastructure, and more both inside Microsoft as well as in and for other companies since the early 1990s. We have seen the need for data and its related infrastructure grow from niche to the core of most business as well as the progress from wholly owned data centers and physical systems to virtualization and now the cloud. The only constant is change and we understand where the industry was, where it is today, and where it is going next.

Our commitment to data technologies as well as our depth of knowledge and experience is rarely matched in the industry. We are customer focused and love to dig into even the most difficult challenge to find the right solution. We also realize there is no “easy button” and genuinely care about your success.

Allan Hirt

SQLHA founder Allan Hirt started using SQL Server as an intern at Sybase in the early 1990s. He is recognized as of the world’s leading business continuity and infrastructure experts for SQL Server. Both a dual Microsoft MVP as well as a VMware vExpert, Allan is the author of numerous books, articles, blog posts, and whitepapers and taught as part of two rounds of the Microsoft Certified Masters on SQL Server certification. You can catch Allan speaking both online and in person at various events and conferences such as SQLBits and VMworld.

Max Myrick

Max Myrick

SQLHA managing partner Max Myrick starting working with SQL Server during the re-write of the product to version 7.0 and spent 5 years on the SQL Server development team. He was one of the founding members of Microsoft’s Mission Critical Program (MCP) and spent eight years on that team designing, testing, and supporting some of the largest SQL Server-based systems in the world. While at Microsoft, Max also ran SQL Server’s in-house customer lab and the MCP customer lab, built service monitoring for both the MCP program and SQL Server’s Parallel Data Warehouse appliance, and created the Monthly Hotfix Report (MHR). He is now putting his skills to work at SQLHA helping customers with SQL Server storage and performance testing, implementing monitoring and alerts, and scaling out SQL Server.


Why Choose SQLHA®?

SQLHA® has deep product knowledge and experience both from working inside Microsoft as well as helping customers small and large across numerous industries such as health care, financial, billing, and more for over a decade. We are recognized industry experts that not only deliver services and consulting, but also speak at numerous events such as VMworld, and work on and document emerging new technologies with companies such as Microsoft and VMware. That’s why SQLHA® often has experience on technologies few people have seen. We also have a reputation for delivering world-class training, because designing and building systems is only part of helping our customers succeed.

We understand that mission critical is more than high availability or disaster recovery: it is a mindset. Mission critical solutions need to perform well, be easy to manage, reduce cost, and lower risk. Our core methodology – the SQLHA® Framework –helps us identify and deliver the most optimal outcomes and solutions and ensures what we promise is what you get.

Time and time again spanning more than a decade, customers have chosen to call SQLHA®. When you need this type of help, SQLHA® is ready when you are.


What We’re Known For

Nobody delivers SQL Server business continuity better than SQLHA. We are recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts and trainers in that space – Allan Hirt is a dual Microsoft MVP and a VMware vExpert for good reason.

SQLHA takes a solution-based approach which includes not only availability (local as well as disaster recovery), but also performance, patching, infrastructure, and monitoring. Our full-stack technical knowledge and real-world experience allow us to understand your unique challenges to provide and implement the ideal solution for you.

Rely on SQLHA to help you achieve your uptime and performance goals whether on premises (physical or virtual) or in a public cloud.


What It’s Like to Work With SQLHA®

When you need help, finding the right consultants is more than hiring people with technical skills. You need a partner that you not only trust but also works well with everyone in your organization. They also must be able to do more than just fix problems or deliver solutions; they have to understand your needs and provide actionable guidance to turn your goals into reality.

What makes us different is that we work to understand you, your team, your business, as well as any concerns to deliver a successful engagement. We work alongside you and compliment your team – we are not a replacement. You have smart folks, too. Our expertise and extra eyes and hands help address your needs or immediate pain. Along the way, we make sure you can ultimately support yourselves. We want to be your strategic partner, not consultants who make you reliant upon us because we are unable or unwilling to help you understand the solution.

At SQLHA, our goal is your success through delivering superior, real-world technical and business expertise even when things are tough.

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