T-SQL Tuesday #139: Hybrid and Edge Experiences

It’s time for another T-SQL Tuesday blog post. This month the invitation comes from Ben Weissman who asks for our journeys related to the highs and lows of hybrid and edge experiences. I’ve had some recent experience with Kubernetes so I figured I’d go over that a bit. To check out the full T-SQL Tuesday invitation, click the image below:

Some of This, Some of That

What first came to my mind was a course I was in earlier this year. I was able to take part in a three day course that concluded with working through examples of some hybrid technologies. The core part of the course was based on configuring and managing SQL Server on Linux. While that part alone interested me, I was more curious about the sessions towards the end that dealt with containers in Kubernetes with Azure Kubernetes Services.

I had experimented with Azure and containers separately but throwing Kubernetes into the mix like this was pretty new to me. I started learning about Kubernetes a few years ago but hadn’t gone too deep into it. It was one of those situations where I heard it talked about in meetings and started researching on my own so I could keep up the next time around. After that I would pick up some bits and pieces working with AWS/Kubernetes projects but had not had a good test environment setup like the course provided.

It was good to brush up on my Linux skill but I can’t see running SQL Server on Linux full time yet. For the Kubernetes side, it was good to play around some and I still feel like I have only scratched the surface.

Amazon RDS for MySQL

On a somewhat related note, even though I probably work in Microsoft SQL Server 80-90% of the time, one area I’m interested in right now is Amazon RDS for MySQL. The ease of new setups with Amazon RDS compared to ordering/building out brand new servers, installing MySQL, and the other configurations that come with that process stands out. If there’s anything that’s caught my eye recently, that has been it.

Always Learning

I’ve had some experience and dabbled in different hybrid technologies but haven’t worked through in a production environment long enough to have any real horror stories.

Even if it’s not something you’re using and going to use in the near future, I think it’s important to spend some time being somewhat familiar with these types of technologies that are available. If the time comes and opportunity is there, you’ll be ready.

Thanks for reading!

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