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SQL Azure, the cloud, and Comcast

Microsoft upped the level of service for my SQL Azure account. I can think of things I’d like to do, but there isn’t any point with Comcast as my ISP. This is the problem with cloud based services – the ISP is the weak link. I can make a PowerPoint slide of a grand plan, but it is all for naught when connectivity can’t be taken for granted. My connection speed has dropped from 30++ mbps to under 5 mbps while my monthly bill has gone up. It took over half an hour of my lost time for Comcast to suggest sending out a technician. The issue was not resolved because I literally ran out of available free time to continue the discussion.

I think cloud based solutions are great in theory, but not so great when implemented in the real world. ISPs act like utilities, but have nowhere near the level of service reliability gas and electric utilities are known for.

Published Tuesday, December 13, 2011 5:59 PM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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