November 9, 2010
You can participate in the Atlanta project by just signing up at the microsoft website: https://www.microsoftatlanta.com/ Microsoft codename Atlanta is a cloud based service tool that monitors your SQL Server. It helps to avoid configuration problems, reduce your downtime, improve the performance and resolve issues faster(!?). You can track changes and troubleshoot errors yourself and the install is lightweight on your server since it's mostly in the cloud. Atlanta installs an agent on your SQL2008(R2) server that communicates with Microsoft Cloud servers through a secure gateway, it analyses your instances and returns it back trough a webbased dashboard like application.
Now i must be honest, I did not test this tool, what I'm wondering about, sending data back and forth to the cloud, you can never have real live data and probably I, or even worse a end user is probably faster in finding issues within the database than this tool does, but if you're insecure about your configurations, it is a friendly help without having to call in to some support office and it also could be a good help for small offices that don't have a budget for in house dba experts.
More exited I am about the announcements made about the Denali project, codename for the new Microsoft 2011 version I've just seen at the SQLPass summit 2010
Get your first copy of Denali right here !
Looking forward to your reactions and testing feedback 😉