Heraflux is now a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner

Heraflux Technologies is proud to announce today that we are now a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner. 

This partnership is based on our employees passing advanced Microsoft exams, as well as receiving enthusiastic references from customers.   Microsoft has a fundamental belief that businesses must holistically plan for - and implement - enterprise platforms that complement their business’s goals. Heraflux Technologies’ approach is to review the entire system stack to ensure optimal efficiency while advising our clients to help to achieve the goals of the business. Many of our primary areas of expertise are around the Microsoft data and cloud platforms, and this partnership is a natural fit for our organization and our customers.

We thank all of our customers who have helped us achieve this partnership status. We look forward to expanding opportunities with Microsoft so we can better serve our customers’ needs.

24 Hours of PASS Webinar - Passive Security for Hostile Environments

Our very own Microsoft Certified Master Bob Pusateri is presenting for this year's 24 Hours of PASS Data Security and Quality webinar series on May 3rd at 15:00 GMT. It's entitled "Passive Security for Hostile Environments".

Duration: 60 minutes

Track: Enterprise Database Administration & Deployment

Ideal database security settings usually exist in books, but rarely in reality. Is your CIO a member of the sysadmin role because they demanded it? Or maybe some users have rights for purely political reasons? Just because you can't enforce security through typical means doesn't mean you're powerless. Attend this session to learn about the features SQL Server provides that will allow you to keep track of what your users are up to at all times and sleep a little easier. Through various scenarios and demos, see how technologies such as event notifications, auditing, and extended events can help ensure nothing happens on your system without you knowing about it. Even in optimally secured environments these techniques can still come in handy. The best security is often that which cannot be seen.

Register for this exciting event here!

Preconference Session at SQL Nexus - SQL Server Virtualization

If you are attending this year's SQL Nexus conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, from May 1st to 3rd this year, we urge you to attend David Klee's preconference training session - "The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization". The architecture of the infrastructure underneath your mission-critical SQL Servers is vital to the well-being of your databases, and if any little component underneath is not running at its peak potential, your SQL Servers are artificially bottlenecked and your performance suffers.

Session Details
Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert David Klee leads this full-day introduction to enabling and managing a virtualized SQL Server environment. The focus of the course is to help those new to virtualization and/or infrastructure concepts to become familiar with the concept and purposes of virtualization and how it can benefit them as data professionals. Participants will gain exposure to all layers of virtualization underneath SQL Server, from storage to hypervisor to the SQL Server instance, and will learn how to construct the entire stack with a strong emphasis on SQL Server performance.

Intended Audience. The intended audience of this course is information workers (both business and IT-centric) involved with architecting a virtualization strategy for SQL Server, or managing business-critical SQL Servers that have already been virtualized.

Course Topics
The following topics will be addressed during the course:

  • The Physical Infrastructure Underneath the VM
  • Virtualization and Infrastructure Fundamentals
  • The SQL Server Virtual Machine
  • Networking, Support, and Licensing
  • Performance Investigation and Tuning of the Entire Stack
  • Similarities and Differences with Cloud versus On-Prem

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand key virtualization and cloud concepts
  • Determine the optimal infrastructure configuration for best performance
  • Construct a SQL Server virtual machine template with best practices for agility and performance
  • Understand how and what stack metrics to benchmark and baseline to ensure proper objective performance measurement
  • Identify and remediate common virtualized SQL Server performance killers
  • Understand proper virtualized capacity management techniques for long term management

Attendees with the following experiences will benefit the most from this course:

  • Basic familiarity with the core components of a server
  • SQL Server installation and configuration
  • Exposure to SQL Server performance metric measurement and identification

A working set of the screens and configuration settings referenced in the session, together with the reference slides and documentation, will be provided to attendees, for strategic reference in working with virtualized SQL Server in your own environments.

We look forward to seeing you all there! Register today, as seats are limited!

Heraflux at SQL Saturday Madison April 8

Heraflux is proud to support the next SQL Saturday in Madison, WI this coming Saturday, April 8th. Both Bob Pusateri and David Klee from Heraflux will be presenting sessions at this exciting event.

Starting sharp at 9:00am, Bob is presenting a session entitled "Supercharging Backups and Restores For Fun and Profit", where he'll be showing tuning techniques for your routine SQL Server backups.

Abstract: Super-fast queries are an essential part of any business process, but speed will never be more important than during a disaster when you need to restore from backup. Come and see how both backups and restores can be tuned just like a query. In this demo-intensive session, we will discuss the different phases of the backup and restore processes, how to tell how long each of them is taking, and which are the easiest to significantly speed up. You just might be surprised how simple it is to achieve dramatic results - cutting your backup and restore times by 75% or more is absolutely possible using the methods covered here.

Also at 9:00am, David is presenting a session entitled "SQL Server Infrastructure – Cloud and On-Prem Options". He'll discuss the nuances of the infrastructure underneath SQL Server, and the similarities and differences with the regular options we've all used for years.

Abstract: Years ago, DBAs worked side-by-side with the infrastructure teams who managed the equipment their databases ran on. Today, organizations are more siloed than ever, and DBAs have less visibility into this layer than ever before. What is actually under the OS? Why does it matter? Physical servers, enterprise virtualization, and cloud servers all provide solid platforms for you to run your databases on, but improperly configured and tuned platforms can lead to performance nightmares. Let’s explore the various layers, options, and performance characteristics of the different systems underneath SQL Server so you can improve the performance of your systems.

We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at this event! If you'd like to meet up and talk about SQL Server performance and infrastructure, contact us!