PASS Virtual Summit 2020 Conference Sessions

Whether you are a SQL Server Database Administrator or Infrastructure Architect, you should be attending this year's PASS Summit 2020 conference, held virtually from November 10 to 13th online.

I am thrilled to deliver a preconference boot camp called ‘Amplify Your Virtual SQL Server Performance‘ , to be held live on Monday, November 9th.

Session 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.

Next, as part of the "Modernizing with SQL Server" Learning Pathway, I'm presenting a 100-level session called "10 Cloudy Questions to Ask Before Migrating Your SQL Server".

Session Description: Cloud adoption of database-related services continues to accelerate, but the choices for which service to select – IaaS, DBaaS, and PaaS – all impact the features available to your applications. Selecting a service is a critical first step in the migration process, and selecting poorly can lead to cost overruns and significant time spent going down the wrong path. The questions you do not ask or consider prior to a migration can make or break your cloud experience. The most important ten questions to answer, such as your availability requirements, database-level dependencies, migration strategies, and other critical concerns, will all be discussed so that you are ready to move to the cloud with confidence in your platform of choice.

Register for this conference today! This is my personal favorite conference of the year for Microsoft data platform-specific content. I know you'll get as much out of it as I do!

Omaha Global Azure Day 2020

All around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing! David Klee from Heraflux is presenting at this great event.

This year, all communities will come together once again in the seventh great Global Azure event! Each user group organizes their own one to three day Azure event the way they see fit and how it works for their members. The result is that thousands of people will get together to learn about Azure and join together online under the social media hashtag #GlobalAzure!

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 –

Omaha Azure User Group will also participate in the Global Azure event this year and organize a full day Azure event for Omaha Azure family to learn about Azure together! The Global Azure Day 2020 – Omaha will take place online on April 25, 2020, thanks to COVID-19. The event is open to IT professionals, architects, developers, administrators, and anyone who is interested in Azure. There are no registration fees for the event and its a free event hosted by community members for community.

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 –


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!

Presenting at Omaha Azure User Group this Wednesday

This Wednesday, February 26th, I will be presenting a new session entitled "All Things SQL in the Microsoft Cloud" for the Omaha Azure Users Group, starting at 6pm Central time. It is held at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska office at 1919 Ak-Sar-Ben Drive (that's Nebraska spelled backwards for those of you not from the area).

Session Details: Microsoft’s SQL Server database platform has been the foundation of enterprise applications for decades. The adoption of the cloud has started to change the data landscape, and you should be prepared. Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform brings many compelling reasons to move your databases to the cloud, but what do you need to know to have a successful migration? Should you pick Azure SQL Database, Managed SQL Instances, or a SQL Server running in a VM in the cloud? How do I size the new service to maximize performance while minimizing cost? What should I expect in the cloud? What about a hybrid architecture? This interactive session will discuss the similarities and differences of operating a SQL Server in the cloud and will demonstrate many tips and tricks for properly selecting and managing the databases in the cloud.

I look forward to seeing you all there! Bring your questions, and make sure to RSVP at the Meetup group today!

Omaha SQL Server Users Group Presentation Dec 4

David Klee is proud to present an in-person technical session to the Omaha SQL Server Users Group entitled "Level Up Your Cloud Infrastructure Skills" on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:00pm.

Session Details: Think infrastructure in the cloud is still just for sysadmins? Think again! As your organization moves into the cloud, infrastructure skills are more important than ever for DBAs to master. Expert knowledge of cloud-related infrastructure will help you maintain performance and availability for databases in the cloud. For example, know what an IOP is? How many does your database consume during a given day? Properly sizing a cloud database depends on your knowledge of this metric. Failure to properly configure storage performance at the time of deployment will slow down your SQL Server considerably. Come learn many of the key cloud infrastructure points that you should master as the DBA role continues to evolve!

RSVP for this free in-person event today! We look forward to seeing you there!

Omaha Azure User Group Presentation 2019.10.20

David Klee is proud to present to Omaha's Microsoft Azure Users Group in a new session called "Everything you Need to Know about SQL Server in Azure".

Session Details: Are you interested in moving your SQL Server workloads to the Azure public cloud? Where do you start? Do you pick Azure SQL Database, SQL Managed Instance, or do you need the full versatility (and overhead) of SQL Server in an Azure IaaS VM? How do you get your data there? How do you maintain performance and availability? How can you monitor it? All of these questions and more will be addressed in this interactive session. Bring your questions and let’s explore Azure SQL Server offerings together!

RSVP for this meeting at the user group Meetup site. We look forward to seeing you there!

P21 WWUG Connect Conference 2019

Heraflux is proud to sponsor and present at this year's P21 WWUG Connect conference in New Orleans, LA, on September 9th and 10th. For more information, p21p21.

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!

Live360 Conference 2018

Heraflux is extremely proud to announce our involvement in this year's SQL Server Live conference, part of the Live360 conference, in Orlando Florida from December 2 - 7.

David Klee is presenting a number of SQL Server, infrastructure, and virtualization-themed sessions. Stay tuned for more details!

CosmosDB Presentation Aug 2018 - Chicago SQL Server Users Group

Bob Pusateri is presenting this Thursday, August 9th, for the Chicago SQL Server Users Group in a new presentation called "Select Stars: A SQL Server DBA's Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB".  This meeting starts at 5:30pm at the Microsoft Technology Center in the Aon Center in downtown Chicago at 200 East Randolph Drive, Chicago IL.

Azure Cosmos DB has quickly become a buzzword in database circles over the past year, but what exactly is it, and why does it matter? This session will cover the basics of Azure Cosmos DB, how it works, and what it can do for your organization. You will learn how it differs from SQL Server and Azure SQL Database, what its strengths are, and how to leverage them. We will also discuss Azure Cosmos DB's partitioning, distribution, and consistency methods to gain an understanding of how they contribute to its unprecedented scalability. Finally we will demonstrate how to provision, connect to, and query Azure Cosmos DB. If you're wondering what Azure Cosmos DB is and why you should care, attend this session and learn why Azure Cosmos DB is an out-of-this-world tool you'll want in your data toolbox!

You must RSVP by 5PM Tuesday (today!) to attend the meeting due to building security. RSVP here to go see this fantastic presentation!