SQLHA is one of the world’s leading mission critical SQL Server consulting and training firms.

Our goal is to help customers achieve reliable and scalable SQL Server implementations by creating solutions that address the whole picture, from hardware all the way through operations. We have decades of real world experience and expertise when it comes to networking, storage, availability, virtualization, SQL Server, and the Windows platform. Empowering customers through knowledge transfer is a SQLHA specialty, both during customer projects and while delivering our lab-focused training courses.

Whether you are looking to design a completely new system, improve an existing one, adopt a new technology, or learn mission critical topics, SQLHA is ready when you are.


Managing Partners

Allan Hirt

Allan Hirt headshotAllan Hirt has been using SQL Server in various guises since 1992 and is both a dual Microsoft MVP (Data Platform and Cloud and Datacenter Management) and a 2017 VMware vExpert. He has traveled all over the world to train, mentor, and work with clients. Allan Hirt is a MSFT MVPHe has also authored or contributed to publications about SQL Server for Microsoft, SQL Server Magazine, and others via whitepapers, webcasts, training courses, and books.

Allan is a frequent speaker at conferences like TechEd, SQLBits, PASS Summit, and has taught rotations of the Microsoft Certified Masters on SQL Server 2008.

He is currently finishing the highly anticipated book Mission Critical SQL Server.


Max Myrick

maxMax Myrick joins SQLHA after being at Microsoft for over 15 years. Max has worked with some of the largest customers in the world holding positions in services as well as on the SQL Server development team. Whether it was working on the first e-commerce site to utilize SQL Server as the backend database platform, running the SQL Server Customer lab, supporting TAP customers, managing the Sustained Engineering team, or serving as the Upgrade PM, mission critical has been Max’s focus.

In his final position at Microsoft, Max designed and delivered the lab, service monitoring, upgrade, and test offerings for the Mission Critical program. One of his passions is to help customers navigate the skills and challenges around patching, testing, and operations to reduce downtime and increase reliability.

Like Allan, Max enjoys speaking and over the years and has done so at TechEd, Windows DevCon, TechReady, and various development team webcasts.