Maximizing availability is one of the most important goals of the database administrator. Today most businesses have ever increasing needs for availability and the window of acceptable downtime is rapidly disappearing. Downtime is not just inconvenient for users. It can also be very costly in terms of lost revenue as well as lost customer confidence. In this whitepaper Michael Otey from SQL Server Magazine discusses the different technologies that Microsoft provides for improving SQL Server availability and about their requirements. You’ll also learn about what types of availability scenarios each different technology is best suited for.