Proud to support this year's VMworld 2020 conference

I'm thrilled to support and participate in this year's VMworld 2020 conference, which is going online due to COVID-19. I'm presenting a new session called "Architecting SQL Server Workloads on the VMware Hybrid Cloud Platform", session HCP1720, along with Oleg Ulyanov, Senior Solutions Architect at VMware and Shawn Meyers from Tintri by DNN.

Session details: Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most common RDBMSes running on the VMware hybrid cloud platform. In this session, you will learn how to plan a hybrid cloud platform to host SQL Server workloads, what to consider when designing a highly available SQL Server solution, and how to efficiently and effectively deploy SQL Server in a VM. We will also provide an introduction to SQL Server licensing on a virtual environment.

The best part about this conference is that it is FREE! OK, the General Pass is free, but the General Pass includes seven live VMworld video channels covering over 500 sessions and the VMware hands-on labs. If you want to upgrade for even more content, the Premier Pass is only $299, and adds a number of limited capacity sessions, roundtable sessions, and additional one-on-one sessions with VMware engineers.

You should register now! It's free! Sign up now and come learn with me!


Technical Sessions at P21 WWUG Connect Conference 2020

We are looking forward to seeing you at the virtual and free 2020 Prophet 21 Worldwide User Group Connect conference, starting Friday August 14th through Friday September 11th!  It is outstanding to be involved in the event for a fifth consecutive year!

David Klee, Heraflux’s Founder and Chief Architect, has a total of seven conference presentations and will be co-leading two roundtable discussions.

The dates and times for David’s sessions and roundtables (recommended early sign in to roundtables as there are limited virtual seats) are below:

Monday August 17th

  • Infrastructure, Cloud, and Virtualization Health Checks (Part 1) from 11:30-12:30pm EDT
  • Roundtable on Open Technology from 2:30-4:00pm EDT

Wednesday August 19th

  • Infrastructure, Cloud, and Virtualization Health Checks (Part 2) from 11:00-12:30pm EDT
  • SQL Server Health Checks from 2:30-3:30pm EDT

Thursday August 20th

  • P21 High Availability and Disaster Recovery Fundamentals from 2:00-3:00pm EDT

Friday August 21st

  • SQL Server Health Checks (Part 2) from 11:30-1:00pm EDT

Monday August 24th

  • Cloud – No Way, All In, or Kind Of? (Part 1) from 11:30-12:30pm EDT
  • Roundtable on Virtualization from 2:30-4:00pm EDT

Tuesday August 25th

  • Cloud – No Way, All In, or Kind Of? (Part 2) from 2:00-3:30pm EDT

If you are not available to attend a session but have questions for us, please contact us about scheduling a meeting.

Many thanks again to the Prophet 21 Worldwide User Group event coordinators for including Heraflux Technologies in the 2020 Connect user conference.  We are looking forward to virtually seeing our many customers and other attendees.

Thank you!

The Heraflux Team

 

 

 


Podcast recording with Dallas DBAs

I'm thrilled to have recently recorded a podcast with Kevin3NF of Dallas DBAs called Data Bits. I had an absolute blast with it, and we laughed for over an hour with fun war stories and goofy things that I chuckle with. You should check this out if you get a moment! Listen to the other podcasts while you're there. You can get a really good sense for the people behind the persona, and it's fantastic to see more about these folks!


PASS Summit 2020 Precon Announcement

I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted to deliver a preconference boot camp called 'Amplify Your Virtual SQL Server Performance' at this year's PASS Summit conference, to be held the week of November 9th-13th. My precon is to be held on Monday, November 9th.

Description: Virtualization has been the norm in data centers for years. However, implemented incorrectly, your SQL Server performance can take a massive dive. Are you sure that your SQL Servers are running at optimal performance? This full-day boot camp covers all aspects of performance engineering for virtualized SQL Servers on all virtualized platforms, including VMware and Hyper-V.

We will review critical topics such as virtualization layers, VM construction, NUMA, resource scheduling, query parallelization and physical server alignment, “right-sizing,” and storage performance-oriented presentation. New features such as SQL Server containers and hybrid cloud architectures will be demonstrated. Backups, high availability, and disaster recovery guidelines will also be reviewed. Most importantly, this seminar informs you on methods and terminology to improve your collaboration with your infrastructure team in order to streamline your critical SQL Server performance.

PASS has commited to ensuring that the conference will take place, even with the pandemic still rampant at the time of this writing. They are going to make a decision on if the event will be held in-person or online hopefully by early June. So, register today for this outstanding event! Even if you decide that my precon is not for you, the precon offerings at this year's conference are stellar! I can't wait to see you all there, either virtually or in-person!

Scene from PASS Summit 2019

Presenting at Global Azure Virtual Day 2020 Omaha

I'm thrilled to be presenting along side of some industry greats at the upcoming Global Azure Virtual Day on April 25th as part of the Omaha users group. The event was originally intended to be in person in Omaha and other cities around the globe, but due to COVID-19, the event is now online. This means that you can attend from the comfort of your own home / couch / wherever you want to join from!

I'm proud to present a session called "All Things SQL in Azure", starting sharp at 10am.

This event is brought to you by the Omaha Azure User Group. The Omaha Azure User Group was formed to promote a community of people that are interested in understanding the benefits of Azure and to learn from others how they are leveraging the platform to solve business problems. Omaha Azure User Group has been a part of Azure Tech Communities as of November’2019. For more details, please visit – https://omahaaug.com/

Agenda:

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Setup / Networking
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Session-1: “Getting Started with Azure” – Vaibhav Gujral
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Session-2: “Building Event-Driven Solutions with Azure Functions” – Mike Pfeiffer
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Session-3: “All Things SQL In Azure” – David Klee
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Session-4: “The Power of Azure DevOps” – Jeff Bramwell
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Session-5: “Why Identity Matters: Intelligent Security with the Microsoft Cloud” – Drew Wigodsky
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Q&A Discussion
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Wrap-up

Register for this outstanding free event today so you can join on the 25th!


PASS HA/DR Open Q&A Extravaganza Dec 10

As leader of the PASS High Availability and Disaster Recovery virtual chapter, I invite you to bring your questions for a mega open Q&A session on Tuesday, December 10th, at 1pm Eastern time. We have assembled one of the largest lineups of SQL Server HA/DR experts in our history, and any question goes! Not in any order, the speakers are:

This open-ended Q&A session will help you answer any questions that you have wondered about or currently fight with on SQL Server and Microsoft data platform high availability and/or disaster recovery. Bring your questions and we have the answers! RSVP today for this free webinar!


David Klee Renewed as Microsoft MVP for 2019-2020

I am thrilled to announce that I have been renewed for the sixth time as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for the calendar year of July 2019 to June 2020. The MVP award remains incredibly special to me, and I feel very lucky to be part of this program.

Congratulations to all new and renewed MVPs! Thanks Microsoft for awarding me this designation again this year. I'm thrilled to be a part of this community, and will continue to contribute to the technical communities around the world that I so dearly enjoy. I'm eager to contribute back to Microsoft to help make the data platform products stronger than ever and help people get the most out of them!


David Klee presenting at PASS Summit 2019

Heraflux is proud to announce that the founder David Klee is presenting at this year's PASS Summit conference, to be held in Seattle WA from November 5th to 8th at the Washington State Convention Center.

David is presenting a full-day preconference training session called "Advanced Virtual SQL Server Performance" as part of the Architecture stream.

Session Abstract: Virtualization is the new norm in datacenters. Even the ubiquitous “cloud” is nothing more than virtualized servers in someone else’s datacenter with advanced automation on top of it. However, just because it’s everywhere doesn’t mean it is implemented and managed correctly. Done incorrectly, your SQL Server performance can take a massive dive. Are your SQL Servers running at their best possible performance?

This full-day boot camp covers all aspects of performance engineering for virtualized SQL Servers. We will review critical topics such as virtualization layers, VM construction, NUMA, resource scheduling, query parallelization and physical server alignment, “right-sizing,” and storage performance-oriented presentation. Availability and disaster recovery guidelines will also be reviewed. Most importantly, this seminar informs you on methods and terminology to help you work better with your infrastructure team to streamline your critical SQL Server performance. You will understand how to review your critical SQL Servers for both their performance and availability as they relate to the virtualization and physical compute layers underneath, and work with your infrastructure team to implement and streamline any of your findings.

In addition to the preconference training day, David is presenting an abridged technical fire hose session on key topics in a session called "Virtual SQL Server Performance Deep Dive".  This session is designed to ramp up attendees on critical (and silent) performance killers in both cloud and on-premises virtual SQL Servers.

Session Abstract: Your business-critical SQL Servers should not suffer from virtualization-related bottlenecks. When properly architected and managed, the principal bottleneck of performance of these SQL Servers should be only limited by code. However, if not properly constructed, silent and seemingly random performance killers can strike and significantly hurt your database performance. Items such as CPU scheduling, storage queueing, and memory overcommitment can all penalize database performance, and are tough to identify.

This session is packed with many live examples of tips and tricks gained from years of experience in getting the most performance from your virtual SQL Servers. The major roadblocks to performance will be discussed, and tools, techniques, and processes will be demonstrated to help you measure and validate the system performance of the key components underneath your data.

If you've never attended the PASS Summit before, we urge you to go. This conference is the best Microsoft data-platform-centric conference there is, and the information you will gain is second to none. The people you meet networking lasts a lifetime. The content is guaranteed to improve your data platform operations. We won't miss it, and we hope to see you there!


SQL Saturday Atlanta Precon May 17

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!

We also have a discount code for those interested. It's PAPERJAM, and enter it at the EventBrite checkout page.

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.

Session 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!


Speaking at SQL Saturday Chicago 2019

Heraflux is proud to announce that we are speaking and helping to coordinate this year's SQL Saturday in Chicago, to be held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, on March 23rd.

Bob Pusateri is one of the event coordinators, and is active in the Chicago Suburban SQL Server Users Group.

David Klee is presenting a new session at 11:10am in room A called "Modern CPU Architecture and SQL Server Performance".

Session Abstract: Modern CPU architectures are complex and misunderstood, especially as they relate to SQL Server instance configuration and database usage patterns. Default values in virtualization and the SQL Server instance can cause misalignments and improper balance in the way the SQL Server lines up with the CPUs and memory, which results in an immediate (and silent) performance penalty. Come learn as we discuss topics such as physical and virtual NUMA, hyperthreading, query parallelism, and instance settings, and show you how to validate your SQL Server architecture and improve the performance of your critical SQL Servers.

If you'd like to meet up at the event, contact us and we'll find a quiet spot and talk tech!