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!

https://youtu.be/nPZCARbsOMA

VMworld 2020

Heraflux is proud to present with Oleg Ulyanov, Senior Solutions Architect from VMware, at this year's virtual VMworld 2020 conference. The session is HCP1720 Architecting SQL Server Workloads on the VMware Hybrid Cloud Platform. This event is FREE for the general attendee pass. You should check this out!

Session description: 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.


VMworld 2020 – Top 10 Database Sessions (Part 2)

Whether you are a SQL Server Database Administrator, Infrastructure Architect, or any other member of IT managing SQL Servers in a virtualized environment, you should already be registered for this year’s VMworld 2020 conference, to be held next week – September 29 to October 1. I have compiled my list of the top ten favorite sessions for the SQL Server-on-VMware topic at the show. In no particular order, the second five of my top ten include:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxDqv-9Vsbw

The first five sessions of this top ten list is located here.

Register for the conference today! The General Pass is free and the conference is next week! What are you waiting for?


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!


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

VMware vExpert 2020

I'm proud to announce that I've been awarded the VMware vExpert community award for the calendar year 2020. I'm absolutely thrilled to be awarded this title for the eighth year in a row. It's an honor to be part of the team driving advanced SQL Server virtualization adoption and performance tuning on the VMware platform.

Thank you VMware!

Things are quite different today than they were eight years ago. Cloud is now a big thing, and VMware now runs natively on multiple public cloud providers, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. Without specific tuning, the core platforms (on-prem & cloud) that power my technology of choice, SQL Server, continues to hold back the raw performance of the database engine. My mission is to make sure that these platforms, VMware included, work to their best possible abilities so that the SQL Server workloads can thrive!

The VMware vExpert Program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The vExpert award is for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the vExpert award. A list of all VMware vExperts is available in the vExpert Directory, including my own.

 

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.


Heraflux awarded VMware vExpert for 2019

Heraflux is proud to announce that David Klee has been awarded the VMware vExpert community award for this calendar year. The VMware vExpert program is VMware's global evangelism and advocacy program. The vExpert award is for individuals, not companies, and last one year in duration.

To see the full list of this year's vExperts, click here.

Thanks VMware! We really appreciate it!


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!


Did VMware Just Reinvent Itself?

I was fortunate enough to speak at and attend this year's VMworld USA conference in Las Vegas last week. I caught a small announcement there that I found absolutely intriguing, and feel it could be a revolution in the world of VMware and on-premises virtualization.

Last week, they quietly announced that Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS) will soon be able to be used on your on-premises VMware environment. Very few other details were released, but the RDS web page has a signup form for preview program.

The power of the cloud is largely in the automation that it provides. Our experience has shown that most organizations have fantastic on-prem virtualization but lack the automation to provide a solid end-user self-provisioning platform. The automation in the cloud is one of the primary drivers for cloud adoption.

Did VMware Corp. just expand to become the on-premises extension of Amazon to allow corporations to gain the power of Amazon cloud automation but on their existing on-prem IT investment?

Is this the first service of many to be offered?

Microsoft Azure Stack was an absolute game changer when it launched. I love every bit of it, and we use it in a number of shops to contribute to DevOps initiatives to help IT move as fast as the business. The only downside to Azure Stack is that it must be deployed for production purposes on certified hardware, and that list is small and rather pricey. Consistent hardware is a bonus when keeping the experience constant and predictable, but most organizations are not able to leverage their current IT platform investments to deploy Azure Stack because it is not completely certified for Azure Stack. The expense of a new investment in equipment is most likely hurting adoption.

I've been thinking about this for years now. I actually thought that this would happen in a daydream over two years ago. What if the Amazon automation deployment doesn't require special hardware to run when on-prem? What if it will run on a certified and supported VMware deployment, of which there are millions of such deployments worldwide? How does this change the private cloud game?

Only time will tell. We're eagerly watching this one. I can't wait to see if anything new will be announced at Microsoft Ignite in a few weeks!