Come to Our PASS Summit Pre-Con

By on Aug 31, 2012 in PASS, PASS Summit, pre-conferece, presenting, private cloud, SaaS, speaking, SQL as a Service, SQL Server, Uncategorized, virtualization | 2 comments

As some of you may know, Allan and I will be doing a pre-conference seminar, “Real-World System Design for the DBA: Private Cloud and SQL as a Service”, on Tuesday November 5 at PASS Summit in November. It’s a topic both of us are passionate about, and I know that Allan is looking forward to being able to talk about more than just high availability and clustering.

The abstract from PASS is a bit short. We were limited in what we could submit, so we felt it was a good idea to put a bit more description for those of you deciding on which pre-con to choose since we have received a few questions. We know we’re up against some fierce competition, not the least of which is Bob Ward from Microsoft who always does great sessions. No matter how good everyone else’s session is, you should still pick ours, of course. All kidding aside, you can’t go wrong whatever choice you make.

One thing I will say is that there will be more technical-focused content and demos than in the earlier delivery we did a few months ago before the Chicago SQL Saturday. Everyone loved that, but we’re taking it up a notch for Summit. Allan and I are talking about what to showcase for demos and have some great ideas you’ll see in November.

Below is the expanded abstract:

Performing. Agile. Available. Reliable. Easy to manage. Cost-effective.

The words above describe things we all strive for in our production environments, but often do not achieve for our SQL Server deployments and environments for one reason or another. Whatever the cause, there is always room for improvement. As your company’s business needs change, your ability to adapt while still meeting their requirements is crucial. Whether that means adopting SQL Server 2012 sooner than planned because there’s a feature such as AlwaysOn availability groups that will fit a new application’s architecture or something completely different, gone are the days of monolithic IT departments. Those that are will be left behind.

Whether you are the only DBA in a small-to-mid size organization, or one of many in a large enterprise-sized business, your role must be more than just a glorified backup operator. At the end of the day, you are providing the backbone for the applications that fuel the business – and ultimately funds your paycheck. Unfortunately, providing a database backend that is available, scalable, and reliable is easier said than done. Why?

Consider these five points:

  • Many IT shops lack standards and processes, leading to reduced agility and higher costs
  • Capacity planning is a constant source of pain since you may not have enough for your systems today, let alone for the future
  • Servers are either over- or under-utilized, leading to both perceived and actual performance and capacity issues that are not easy to
  • There is no clear direction as to which features or technologies to use to achieve goals like availability, or when to deploy
    physical vs. virtualized servers
  • Routine maintenance can be difficult, whether it is a lack of skills in house, no tools, no knowledge of the application, etc.

Every DBA should have one goal: provide high service levels as well as the agility to meet customer demands with the least amount of risk, cost, time, and effort. Standardizing your configurations and offerings is a challenge that is achievable with the right planning and knowledge of your environment. Transforming the way you work from a purely administrative focus to running your DBA services it more like a company is where the private cloud and SQL as a service (SaaS) come into play.

The private cloud is another a fancy buzzword for everything you provide now from a systems standpoint  – plumbing for the database backend. Whether you are giving them a virtual machine under a hypervisor, their own physical server, or just a database residing in a shared instance, the customer ultimately should not care as long as their needs are satisfied and you’re maintaining everything. That is SQL as a Service (SaaS). Your management has undoubtedly heard about the private cloud and things like software as a service. Why not show them you’re up to the challenge to do that for your SQL Server environment?

Join us for this special day of training where we will educate you about how to properly plan, deploy, and maintain SQL Server systems to support your company’s needs. Whether you brand your final implementation as the private cloud and/or SaaS, you’ll learn how to approach the problem whether you are using physical servers, virtualization, or a mixture of both.

Sign up today to jumpstart your future as a SQL Server professional.



  1. i am interested

    Himanshu Patel

    September 5, 2012

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