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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 High Availability by Frank McBath, Kimberly Tripp, Cathan Cook, Allan Hirt

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Foreword

How do we increase availability? Is planned downtime considered "unavailability"? What exactly is "high availability"? These are key questions that must be answered when discussing any high availability platform. However, to answer these questions, it is first important that one understands what availability is. There are many different definitions throughout the industry when it comes to the subject of availability or, more correctly, unavailability. The terms "high availability," "assured availability," "continuous availability," "unavailability," "five nines," and other expressions are widely used throughout the industry even though most people have little understanding of their meaning.

One of the most widely used terms in the industry ...

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