In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Brent Ozar from Quest Software about running SQL in the cloud.

Part of the conversation focuses on SQL Azure, but Amazon’s EC2 running SQL on a virtual machine is also a version of the same concept. The larger topic is really around DBAs providing services to their organizations — because that’s what the cloud is offering!

Brent Ozar is a SQL Server Expert with Quest Software, and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. Brent has a decade of broad IT experience, including management of multi-terabyte data warehouses, storage area networks and virtualization. In his current role, Brent specializes in performance tuning, disaster recovery and automating SQL Server management. Previously, Brent spent two years at Southern Wine & Spirits, a Miami-based wine and spirits distributor. He has experience conducting training sessions, has written several technical articles, and blogs prolifically at He is a regular speaker at PASS events, editor-in-chief of, and co-author of the book, “Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting.”

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