Category Archives: Processors

Hardware 201: Selecting and Sizing Database Hardware

On July 25, I had the opportunity to present Hardware 201 for the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter. You can download my deck here. Hardware 201: Selecting and Sizing Database Hardware for OLTP Performance The foundation of database performance is the … Continue reading

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Hardware 301 Presentation

I had the opportunity to present the latest version of Hardware 301: Diving Deeper into Database Server Hardware two times in one day yesterday! First was a virtual presentation for the PASS Virtual DBA chapter at 12PM, and then I … Continue reading

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Speaking at PASS Database Administration Virtual Chapter

I will be speaking at the PASS Database Administration Virtual Chapter on February 13, 2013 at 12PM MST. I will be presenting the latest version of my Hardware 301: Diving Deeper into Database Hardware deck. The LiveMeeting link is here. … Continue reading

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Understanding Server Hardware Course from Pluralsight

My first training course from Pluralsight, Understanding Server Hardware has just gone live. It is listed in the SQL Server section of the course catalog, even though it is not really SQL Server specific. It is meant as a foundational … Continue reading

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Interview on RunAsRadio #281 with Richard Campbell

I recently had a chance to record a 33 minute podcast interview on RunAs Radio #281 with Richard Campbell, where I talked about the licensing changes in SQL Server 2012 and how to select your new hardware to minimize your … Continue reading

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Intel Haswell-EP Processor Rumors

Intel releases a new processor microarchitecture every two years, which is called a Tock release. One year later, they take that same microarchitecture and move it to a new, smaller manufacturing process, along with adding some minor feature improvements. This … Continue reading

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Choosing a Mobile Workstation

I get a lot of e-mail and Twitter requests for advice about what laptop someone should buy. I don’t mind this too much (I actually sort of like it, to be honest), but it probably makes some sense to summarize … Continue reading

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