Sep 082016
 

ITnDevConnections_logo_TylerOptimized_236x59I’m happy to announce that I’m speaking at this year’s IT/Dev Connections conference held at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas from October 10th – 13th.

The first session is to be held on Wednesday, October 12th, at 11:00am, and is titled “Business Continuity for Virtual SQL Servers“.

Session Abstract: Do your SQL Servers have a different high availability or disaster recovery strategy than the rest of the servers, and the differences cause some friction with the infrastructure admins? SQL Server provides many features for improving high availability and disaster recovery resiliency, and they continue to evolve and change with each release. However, do these strategies and features complement or conflict with the current infrastructure strategy? How do these layers work together to protect the business? What if you can augment (or possibly replace) a complex SQL Server BC solution with a simpler, but just as effective, solution using some of the virtualization features available in today’s virtualized environments? This session will discuss strategies for improving your SQL Server uptime while reducing the complexity of your overall SQL Server continuity strategy.

The second session is to be held on Thursday, October 13th, at 10:30am, and is titled “SQL Server Infrastructure Performance“.

Session Abstract: The compute infrastructure beneath your critical SQL Servers is just one layer in the application system stack, but if issues are rampant under your data, your database performance is guaranteed to suffer, and your end user application performance experience is sure to be poor. As a DBA, we are usually at the mercy of the groups managing this hidden layer, but it does not have to be this way. Learning more about these layers of the system stack – physical compute server, virtualization, storage, interconnects, and networking – will help you understand how the infrastructure responds to a query request, and will make you a stronger database professional. You can also indirectly (or even directly) measure the performance of these layers to gain critical insight into their peculiarities.

This conference should be a blast! Please register for this conference here, and make sure to get in early so we can meet up and talk about your virtual and cloud-based SQL Servers!

Sep 062016
 

ITnDevConnections_logo_TylerOptimized_236x59I’m proud to be speaking at this year’s IT/Dev Connections conference in Las Vegas during the week of October 10th! This conference is all about mastering various tools and products from Microsoft, and I’m delivering two sessions in the data platform track.

Business Continuity for Virtual SQL Servers

Wednesday, October 12 – 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Do your SQL Servers have a different high availability or disaster recovery strategy than the rest of the servers, and the differences cause some friction with the infrastructure admins? SQL Server provides many features for improving high availability and disaster recovery resiliency, and they continue to evolve and change with each release. However, do these strategies and features complement or conflict with the current infrastructure strategy? How do these layers work together to protect the business? What if you can augment (or possibly replace) a complex SQL Server BC solution with a simpler, but just as effective, solution using some of the virtualization features available in today’s virtualized environments? This session will discuss strategies for improving your SQL Server uptime while reducing the complexity of your overall SQL Server continuity strategy.

SQL Server Infrastructure Performance

Thursday, October 13 – 10:15 am – 11:30 am

The compute infrastructure beneath your critical SQL Servers is just one layer in the application system stack, but if issues are rampant under your data, your database performance is guaranteed to suffer, and your end user application performance experience is sure to be poor. As a DBA, we are usually at the mercy of the groups managing this hidden layer, but it does not have to be this way. Learning more about these layers of the system stack – physical compute server, virtualization, storage, interconnects, and networking – will help you understand how the infrastructure responds to a query request, and will make you a stronger database professional. You can also indirectly (or even directly) measure the performance of these layers to gain critical insight into their peculiarities.

Register now for this great conference. I hope to see you all there!

Sep 102015
 

ITnDevConnections_logo_TylerOptimized_236x59Next week is the wonderful IT/Dev Connections conference in Las Vegas, and I’m proud to announce that I’m presenting two sessions! The conference is being held at the ARIA Resort and Casino from September 14-17.

The first session is Benchmarking Your SQL Server Environment, located in Bluethorn 4 on September 15 from 11a-12:15p. I’m co-presenting this session with Ben DeBow from Fortified Data.

What do you do when a user reports that “the database is slow again”? Do you run the user’s queries to see how the database is working? How do you try to track down the issues your users report? Wouldn’t you like to quickly whip out some performance numbers and review the platform to see if anything is amiss? This informative session will show you how to eliminate the subjectivity in the performance of your mission-critical SQL Server systems and replace it with objective performance metrics. Benchmarks and baselines can help you quickly find any performance anomalies in the environment, plus help you project performance and capacity into the future. Tools, techniques, and scripts will be shared and demonstrated.

The second session is called Handle with Care: Virtual SQL Servers, and is located in Bluethorn 5 and 6 on September 16th from 1:15-2:30p.

Maintaining the performance of a mission-critical SQL Server system during the virtualization process is different from less resource-intensive applications. Practices and processes that have worked for years for less-complex applications can detract from the performance of a large database server; but why? This hypervisor-agnostic session will explore the reasons why SQL Server is so hard to successfully virtualize and give you many strategies for working through each challenge to get the most performance out of your virtualized SQL Server systems. We’ll present tips and tricks for solving performance problems at each layer: storage, interconnects, hypervisor, VM, OS, and SQL Server. If you manage at least one virtualized SQL Server system in your environment, this session is for you!

I hope to see all of you at the conference, and if you have a SQL Server virtualization, performance tuning, or infrastructure question that you want to talk one-on-one with at the conference to discuss any challenges you’re experiencing, drop me a line and let’s meet up!

Apr 212015
 

ITnDevConnections_logo_TylerOptimized_236x59I am very happy to announce that I will be presenting two sessions at this year’s IT/Dev Connections conference in Las Vegas! The conference is held September 14-17th at the ARIA Resort. My two sessions are:

Handle with Care: Virtual SQL Servers

Maintaining the performance of a mission-critical SQL Server system during the virtualization process is different from less resource-intensive applications. Practices and processes that have worked for years for less-complex applications can detract from the performance of a large database server; but why? This hypervisor-agnostic session will explore the reasons why SQL Server is so hard to successfully virtualize and give you many strategies for working through each challenge to get the most performance out of your virtualized SQL Server systems. We’ll present tips and tricks for solving performance problems at each layer: storage, interconnects, hypervisor, VM, OS, and SQL Server. If you manage at least one virtualized SQL Server system in your environment, this session is for you!

Benchmarking Your SQL Server Environment

(Co-presented with Ben DeBow)

What do you do when a user reports that “the database is slow again”? Do you run the user’s queries to see how the database is working? How do you try to track down the issues your users report? Wouldn’t you like to quickly whip out some performance numbers and review the platform to see if anything is amiss? This informative session will show you how to eliminate the subjectivity in the performance of your mission-critical SQL Server systems and replace it with objective performance metrics. Benchmarks and baselines can help you quickly find any performance anomalies in the environment, plus help you project performance and capacity into the future. Tools, techniques, and scripts will be shared and demonstrated.

I can’t wait to see you all there! Register today for this great conference!

Sep 022014
 

My summer event hiatus is coming to a close, and we’re now back into the conference and event season! I’ve spent the summer making some wild plans for new posts and research articles (and more) that I’ll be releasing on here this fall. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements!

I do have a number of upcoming events that I would like to share with you. Hopefully I’ll see you at some of these!

First, on September 13th I will be in Kansas City for their next SQL Saturday #300 event. The event is being held at Cerner Corporation’s Riverport Campus, 6711 NE Birmingham Road, Kansas City MO. I’ve been to this event every year for quite a while now, and it’s definitely one of my favorites. My session this year is the SQL Server Virtualization 101 session, and I always look forward to presenting this one. It’s a great introduction to virtualization for any DBA who has never had any exposure to the details on the virtualization layer. Register today for this event here!

I go from there to Las Vegas for this year’s IT/Dev Connections conference held at the ARIA Resort on September 15-19. I am very lucky to have been selected to present two sessions this year – “Make Your Virtualized SQL Server Machines Top Performers” and a joint session with my friend Ben DeBow entitled “Scaling Your Virtualized SQL Servers Up and Out“.

I fly straight from IT/Dev Connections to this year’s SQL Saturday #331 in Denver! It’s being held at the University of Denver – Driscoll Student Center, 2055 East Evans Avenue, Denver CO on September 20. I’m presenting the followup to the 101 session aptly entitled “SQL Server Virtualization 201“. Register today for this event here!

Hopefully I can catch a few zzzz’s after this event, because just one week later I’ll be at the next SQL Saturday #318 in Orlando on September 27th at Seminole State College, 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford FL. I’m excited to attend this event for the first time. I’m hitting the tail end of the massive session lineup with my “Easy SQL Server Benchmarking” session. Register for this event here!

Heraflux-Logo-Color-SMAfter a short break, I’m presenting a preconference session entitled “Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs” on October 24th in front of the next SQL Saturday #332 in Minneapolis. The all-day training is designed to help you, the DBA, understand the intricacies of virtualization from a DBA’s perspective, and give you the foundation to take back all the tips and tricks needed to maximize your system’s performance and availability when virtualized. Seats at this all-day class are a steal at just $99. To register for this precon, click here.

I’m not the only one presenting at this event! Argenis Fernandez, Jason Strate and Adam Jorgensen, and Mark Vaillancourt are all presenting fantastic preconference training sessions. If virtualization is not your thing, please check out the other precons.  This is the best training that you can get – without having to travel – at an incredible price!

The following day is Minneapolis’ next SQL Saturday on October 25th. It is being held at the University of Minnesota – Keller Hall – 200 Union Street SE, Minneapolis MN. It’s my first time at this event too! The schedule has yet to be posted, but I know the lineup will be great based on the submissions and tales from previous events. I can’t wait! Register for this event here.

2014_header_logoA little over a week later I’ll be in Seattle for this year’s infamous SQL PASS Summit 2014 from November 2-8th. I was fortunate enough to be selected to present a really tough session – “Right-Sizing Your SQL Server Virtual Machines“. I’ve got a lot of fun demos for this session, and I can hardly wait! November will be here before we know it. If you have never made it to the SQL PASS Summit conference before, it is the defacto event for SQL Server professionals each year. I’ll never miss it again. Period. Register today to lock in a lower rate than if you wait until the last minute!

If you’d like to have me speak for your user group, either in person or remote, feel free to contact me! I’d love to talk with your group and spread the word about how DBAs can use virtualization to their advantage!

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