My first big collaborative project since I joined Microsoft just went live. And I don't think it's bragging to say I'm really proud of what we produced. In a very compressed timeline, these 7 MVPs produced a chapter each on their specified topic. See info below
About the Authors
Louis Davidson (Chapter 1, Introduction to SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines)
Louis Davidson is a data architect for CBN in Virginia Beach, VA; telecommuting for
many years from Cleveland, TN (which is not even as glamorous as it sounds.) Louis
has written and contributed to many books on SQL Server topics over the past 20 years.
His most prominent work has been five editions of his book entitled: "Pro SQL Server
Relational Database Design and Implementation" for Apress in 2016, with a new version
forthcoming in 2020. Louis has been a speaker at many SQL Saturday events, and has
helped organize events in Nashville and Chattanooga, TN.
Allan Hirt (Chapter 2, Getting started with SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines)
SQLHA, LLC founder, consultant, trainer, author, and business continuity,
infrastructure, and virtualization expert Allan Hirt has been working with SQL Server
since 1992 when it was still a Sybase product as well as clustering in Windows Server
since the late 1990s when it was known as Wolfpack. Currently a dual Microsoft MVP
(Data Platform; Cloud and Datacenter Management) as well as a VMware vExpert, Allan
works with all sizes of customers no matter if they are on premises or in the public
cloud and delivers training and speaks at events over the world.
Joey D'Antoni (Chapter 3, Hero capabilities of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines)
Joseph D'Antoni is a Principal Consultant at Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting.
He is recognized as a VMWare vExpert and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and has over
20 years of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms. He has worked
extensively on database platforms and cloud technologies and has specific expertise in
performance tuning, infrastructure, and disaster recovery.
Anthony Nocentino (Chapter 4, SQL Server on Linux in Azure Virtual Machines)
Anthony Nocentino is the Founder and President of Centino Systems as well as a
Pluralsight author and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Linux Expert, and Corporate
Problem Solver. Anthony designs solutions, deploys the technology, and provides
expertise on system performance, architecture, and security. Anthony has a Bachelors
and Masters in Computer Science with research publications in high performance/
low latency data access algorithms and spatial database systems. You can find him on
Tim Radney (Chapter 5, Performance)
Tim is a Data Platform MVP. He has presented at PASS, SQLintersection, Microsoft
Ignite, SQL Saturdays, user groups and numerous webinars. In addition, Tim runs
the Columbus GA SQL Users Group, is a PASS Regional Mentor and was named a
PASS Outstanding Volunteer. He's married with three children and has a passion for
electronics. He also farms chickens, crops, and tilapias in his spare time.
John Martin (Chapter 6, Moving workloads to SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines)
John is an experienced data platform professional having spent over a decade working
with the Microsoft data and cloud platform technologies. In this time John has learned
how to get the most out of these platforms as well as the key pitfalls that should be
Randolph West (Chapter 7, Hybrid scenarios (Microsoft SQL IaaS))
Randolph West, founder of Born SQL, is an independent IT consultant, speaker, Calgary
PASS user group leader, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, and lead author of the book
SQL Server 2019 Administration Inside Out. Randolph specializes in SQL Server
performance tuning, disaster recovery, and migrations from really old versions, with
an emphasis on implementing best practices. Randolph has presented at PASS Summit,
SQLBits, SQL Saturdays, and user groups. You can also find Randolph acting and
directing on screen or the stage, or annoying people on Twitter. Do not trust Randolph