Boston-based Microsoft Cluster MVP and veteran trainer Allan Hirt has been working with SQL Server since 1992 and with clustering for approximately 12 years. He got his start with databases as an intern at SQL Solutions, a company that was later purchased by Sybase. Allan has been working with SQL Server since version 4.2. After years of working with clients ranging from Micrsoft to Avanade, Allan founded his own consulting company in 2007. He also recently co-founded solutions-based provider SQLHA (with mission-critical infrastructure clients that include JPMorgan Chase, Allstate, and Timberland) with Ben DeBow.
Allan travels all over the world to provide consulting, training, and other services to customers of all sizes. While a good portion of time is focused on high availability and disaster-recovery related topics, he also does quite a bit of work in most of the IT-related infrastructure topics for SQL Server, including consolidation, virtualization, disk configuration, and administration and operations.
An active member of both the in-person and online SQL Server community, Allan frequently speaks at local user groups, SQL Saturdays, and conferences including the annual PASS Summit, SQLBits, and TechEd, as well as participates in various webcasts during the year. He has authored articles for SQL Server Magazine and whitepapers for Microsoft (currently available on TechNet and MSDN). Allan is also the author and co-author of several books, the latest of which is Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering (Apress, 2009). Allan is currently working on its follow-up, Mission Critical SQL Server 2012, due out in 2012.