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John Paul Cook

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 both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft 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. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
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