Apr 302019
 

We have a discount code for last-minute attendees looking to go to our exciting preconference training session at this year’s SQL Saturday Atlanta on May 17th, 2019, called “Level Up Your Data Platform Cloud Infrastructure“! The discount code is PAPERJAM, and enter it on the EventBrite signup page. If you’re even remotely thinking of the cloud for any of your servers, this precon is for you!

Abstract: While your on-premises infrastructure is likely maintained by another team, in the cloud this responsibility falls on you. Whether your organization is just planning for the cloud, all-in, or leveraging a hybrid architecture, this course is designed to ramp you up on maximizing your investment in the cloud components that you utilize.

Infrastructure skills are essential when managing your environment in the cloud. Knowledge is power; key items such as firewalls and connectivity, storage presentation and performance, baselining, and even platform selection are all necessary areas of concern. Capacity management is also crucial, as the old ways of “throwing hardware” at a performance problem will translate into a larger bill each month.

Attend this session to learn how to efficiently manage cloud resources, set yourself apart from your peers, improve the performance of your mission-critical workloads, and potentially save your employer money!

Register for this exciting preconference training session today! If you’re even remotely interested in the cloud, this session is for you!

Apr 172019
 

I am very proud to announce that I have been selected to present an exciting preconference training session at this year’s SQL Saturday Atlanta on May 17th, 2019, called “Level Up Your Data Platform Cloud Infrastructure“. If you are in the cloud or even remotely considering it, I urge you to attend this session!

Designed to help people that are starting to consider cloud for their data platforms ramp up quickly on all of the items that they need to hit the ground running and make the best choices while selecting and using the platform.


Abstract: While your on-premises infrastructure is likely maintained by another team, in the cloud this responsibility falls on you. Whether your organization is just planning for the cloud, all-in, or leveraging a hybrid architecture, this course is designed to ramp you up on maximizing your investment in the cloud components that you utilize.

Infrastructure skills are essential when managing your environment in the cloud. Knowledge is power; key items such as firewalls and connectivity, storage presentation and performance, baselining, and even platform selection are all necessary areas of concern. Capacity management is also crucial, as the old ways of “throwing hardware” at a performance problem will translate into a larger bill each month.

Attend this session to learn how to efficiently manage cloud resources, set yourself apart from your peers, improve the performance of your mission-critical workloads, and potentially save your employer money!

Register for this exciting preconference training session today! If you’re even remotely interested in the cloud, this session is for you!

Feb 012018
 

I recently had a great question on some of the differences in virtual machine disk presentation from one of our amazing clients, and I thought I’d share the answer here because it’s a common question that I receive.

Some hypervisors (including some hyper-converged compute platform vendors who shall remain nameless) do not give you much flexibility in the way storage is presented to a VM. You pick the VM and click to add drives. That’s it. No knobs to turn, no mess, no fuss. It’s meant to be easy, and for almost all situations, that’s just fine.

But, that might not be the completely optimal way to configure a VM that is hungry for I/O (such as a large SQL Server), if you have the option to configure it a bit more closely.

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Aug 262015
 

If you are one of the lucky ones who gets to attend VMworld USA this year, and you have any number of virtualized databases in your environment, you need to attend these sessions!

First and foremost, Thomas LaRock (@sqlrockstar) and I are presenting a session called “VAPP4696 – Will It Blend and Scale? Monster Database Virtualization Techniques“. In this session, we will discuss and demonstrate why virtual database servers (SQL Server and Oracle included) are some of the largest resource consumers in your virtual environment, why performance-oriented engineering matters more here than ever, and show ways to help boost your database performance to beyond that of their physical counterparts.

Some other fantastic sessions on various database topics, in no particular order, include:

VAPP5129 – Database Virtualization: Doing IT Right with vSphere 6.0 by Michael Corey and Jeff Szastak
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Are you ready for the single-most rapid-fire tech session ever? This session is PACKED full of goodness!)

VAPP6952-S – Project Capstone: VMware, HP & IBM by Mark Lohmeyer, Randy Meyer, Todd Muirhead, and Michael Kuhn

VAPP4786 – SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery by Denny Cherry

STO4544 – Using Virtual SAN to Maximize Database Performance by Rawlinson Rivera and Thomas LaRock.

CTO6453 – The Future of Software-Defined Storage – What does it look like in three years time? by Richard McDougall

VAPP4634 – Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases by Marlin McNeil and Sudhir Balasubramanian

VAPP6437-GD – Business Critical Applications and Virtualized Infrastructure, a Match Made in Palo Alto by Mohan Potheri, Deji Akomolafe, Sudhir Balasubramanian, and Vas Mitra

VAPP5165 – Extreme Performance Sieries: Monster VM Database Performance by David Morse and Todd Muirhead

VAPP6441-QT – Microsoft Applications in the SDDC by Michael Corey and Deji Akomolafe

STO4525 – Architecting Disaster Recovery of Tier-1 Applications (SAP, Oracle, SQL Server, and Exchange) using Site Recovery Manager and vSphere 6 by Kannan Mani and GS Khalsa

VAPP6023 – Licensing Oracle and SQL Server on vSphere by Scott Salyer and Don Sullivan

VAPP5598 – Advanced SQL Server on vSphere by Scott Salyer and Wanda He

I urge you to attend all of these sessions if you can. Virtualized databases are arguably the toughest challenge in your virtual infrastructure, and the business depends on you getting it right. These sessions can help you get there!

Mar 232015
 

Today I’d like to announce that I have been selected as a PernixPro for 2015! It’s a program similar to VMware’s vExpert, Microsoft’s MVP, and other community awards for those that help spread the word about PernixData. I’m very proud to be a part of this program!

For those new to PernixData, the FVP product is a great means to boost storage performance underneath virtual machines. It can leverage local host-based SSDs for I/O read and write caching. It can also leverage host memory for I/O caching as well. Redundancy capabilities include synchronous mirroring of cached data to other hosts so that if a host fails, no data is lost. This platform is incredible, and Gareth wrote about this too but i have been using it to boost I/O performance underneath virtual SQL Servers for quite some time now. I look forward to some research soon showing some performance features once the home lab is back online soon!

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Jul 242014
 

Today I presented a fun session for the SQL PASS Performance Virtual Chapter’sSummer Performance Palooza 2014” entitled “Infrastructure Tuning for SQL Server”.

Abstract: Mention SQL Server performance to any DBA, and the impulse is to dive headfirst into the database and queries. However, if the infrastructure underneath the data is your performance bottleneck, the time spent tuning at the database layer is usually in vain. Server hardware, operating system parameters, storage, interconnects, and networking will all be discussed in depth in terms that DBAs can relate to. Practical architecture guidelines and troubleshooting techniques will be presented so you can analyze your environments and see if your performance bottlenecks are where you think they are.

The slides for today’s session are available for you to download here, and the recording – as well as all of the other session recordings – will be available at performance.sqlpass.org within the next week. Thank you all for attending, and I look forward to the next time!

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