Jun 282016
 

pass_2016_websiteI’m very honored to be speaking at the PASS Global Summit again this year in Seattle during the week of October 24th. I cannot convey just how much this means to me, as speaking at any event is a gift and a thrill, especially a conference like the PASS Summit!

I’m presenting two sessions on my favorite topic – the convergence of infrastructure and data.

The first is an all-day preconference training session on Tuesday, October 25th, entitled “The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization“.

Abstract: Your SQL Servers are probably virtualized at this point, but do you feel you have lost that control over the infrastructure that you used to have when they were physical servers? Do the virtual SQL Servers “feel” slower after they were virtualized? When architected and managed with SQL Server in mind, this added layer will help improve the SQL Server’s availability and ability to change with the business, but only when executed properly.

The second general session is a rapid-fire deep-dive on the virtualization topic for those that cannot make the precon session, entitled “Virtual SQL Servers. Actual Performance.

Abstract: Virtualizing your business-critical SQL Servers should not imply that they will run slower than if they were physical. When properly architected and managed, virtual SQL Servers should be equally as fast as their physical counterparts, if not faster. However, if not properly constructed, silent and seemingly random performance killers can strike and significantly hurt your database performance.

This session is packed with many tips and tricks gained from years of experience for getting the most performance from your virtual SQL Servers. The major roadblocks to performance will be discussed and the knowledge gained will help you work with your infrastructure engineers so you can optimize the system stack for performance. Tools, techniques, and processes will be demonstrated to help you measure and validate the system performance of the key components underneath your data.

I really hope each and every one of you can make it to this conference. I’ve said it before, and I will undoubtedly say it again, that this conference is the best SQL Server conference of the year, and speaker or not, I will always make time to attend this event. The speaker lineup is amazing, and the education is world class. I cannot wait until then!

Jun 092016
 

pass_logo_smIt’s a wonderfully busy speaking month! I’m going to be remotely speaking for the Edmonton SQL Server User Group at 5:00pm on June 16th! I plan to start the session with my constantly evolving session – Virtual SQL Servers. Actual Performance. – and moving into more of a round-table format, where all of your questions and concerns about performance, availability, management, whatever, will get answered!

Session abstract: Virtualizing your business-critical SQL Servers should not imply that they will run slower than if they were physical. When properly architected and managed, virtual SQL Servers should be equally as fast as their physical counterparts, if not faster. However, if not properly constructed, silent and seemingly random performance killers can strike and significantly hurt your database performance. This session is packed with many tips and tricks gained from years of experience for getting the most performance from your virtual SQL Servers. The major roadblocks to performance will be discussed and the knowledge gained will help you work with your infrastructure engineers so you can optimize the system stack for performance. Tools, techniques, and processes will be demonstrated to help you measure and validate the system performance of the key components underneath your data.

RSVP at EventBrite here!

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Jun 022016
 

I’m going to be speaking for the downtown Chicago SQL Servers User Group at 5:30pm on June 9th! I plan to start the session with my constantly evolving session – Virtual SQL Servers. Actual Performance. – and moving into more of a round-table format, where all of your questions and concerns about performance, availability, management, whatever, will get answered!

Session abstract: Virtualizing your business-critical SQL Servers should not imply that they will run slower than if they were physical. When properly architected and managed, virtual SQL Servers should be equally as fast as their physical counterparts, if not faster. However, if not properly constructed, silent and seemingly random performance killers can strike and significantly hurt your database performance. This session is packed with many tips and tricks gained from years of experience for getting the most performance from your virtual SQL Servers. The major roadblocks to performance will be discussed and the knowledge gained will help you work with your infrastructure engineers so you can optimize the system stack for performance. Tools, techniques, and processes will be demonstrated to help you measure and validate the system performance of the key components underneath your data.

RSVP by 9:00am this coming Wednesday to attend, and attendance is capped, so RSVP early!

May 292016
 

SQL-GG-Side-CoverThis coming week is packed full of fun events! On Wednesday, June 1st at 2pm Eastern, I’m participating in a webinar with ActualTech Media called ‘Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server‘ where we will talk about key concepts from the recent e-book that we released together.

Session Details: Databases are wild! How can you successfully virtualize and provide storage for SQL Server? In this case, what you don’t know CAN hurt you! This brand new webinar featuring Gorilla Guide author and SQL Server expert David Klee will help you get up to speed on the latest advancements in SQL Server performance optimization and virtualization.  Discover everything you need to know to swing effortlessly through the modern database jungle!

Register for this free webinar here!

SQLSentry03-150Next, on Thursday June 2nd at 11am Eastern I’m joining Kevin Kline and Jason Hall from SQL Sentry for a fun webinar called ‘Performance Monitoring for VMs Running SQL Server‘ where we will discuss topics around performance monitoring for SQL Servers that are running inside VMs.

Join our panel of industry experts for a deep dive into monitoring VMware and Hyper-V environments running SQL Server. The panel includes David Klee (@kleegeek), Kevin Kline (@kekline), and Jason Hall (@sqlsaurus) for a discussion covering issues like what are the important performance metrics to monitor, how to maintain peak performance, and ways that SQL Sentry Performance Advisor take all the pain out of maintaining and monitoring your VM estate for peak performance.

Register for this free webinar here!

sqlsat_maine_2016Finally, this coming Saturday, June 4th, is the next SQL Saturday in our new home, Portland Maine. I’m helping with the event, and know it’s going to be a great one! I hope anyone in the region can attend!

May 232016
 

vmworld_2016I am extremely proud to announce my participation in the inaugural SQL Server workshop at this year’s VMworld US in Last Vegas on August 27th. If your SQL Servers are running in a VMware environment, this course is critical to your success!

The first business critical applications and databases pre-conference workshop will cover all pertinent aspects of best practices for deployments and ongoing management of MS SQL Server running in virtualized infrastructure. This deep-dive full-day workshop will be delivered by VMware technical SQL Server specialists working in concert with world renowned external SQL Server and Virtualization experts, including me! The attendee will experience a workshop rich with technical content to include subjects such as vMotion for Failover Cluster Instances, Availability groups, SQLaaS with vRealize Automation and Site Recovery Manager. The content will be focused on best practices for design, implementation and management augmented with anecdotes of successful customer implementations.

SQL Server professionals, listen up. If your infrastructure admins are attending VMworld this year, please let them know about this course. Training them in the intricacies of the VMware platform as it relates to SQL Server, and having the training come from SQL Server professionals, is going to make your virtualization experience better.

Register for VMworld here!

AND – It’s not just SQL Server! A terrific Oracle on VMware session is being held on the same day as well. If you are running Oracle on VMware, I highly recommend your administrators head to this session as well!

May 122016
 

SQL-GG-Side-CoverI’m pleased to announce the general availability of a new free ebook collaboration with James Green from ActualTech Media called “Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server“.  Storage is so vitally important to SQL Server performance, but the intricacies of one side’s administrators are rarely known by the other. My goal for this ebook was to set out to educate SQL Server professionals on how the storage underneath their data actually operates, how to work with the storage administrators on topics specific to SQL Server, and show them how they can make the most of it to improve the performance and availability of their databases.

In This Gorilla Guide You’ll Learn:

  • The basics of SQL Server and database workload characteristics
  • Key considerations for storage architecture with regard to SQL Server
  • Useful tips for protecting SQL Server from disasters
  • Best practices for leveraging flash storage for SQL Server
  • How to modernize SQL Server by taking advantage of the latest updates to the platform

Download this free ebook today! Let me know what you think!