Speaking at SQLSaturday #66 in Colorado Springs on February 12

I recently found out that I will be one of the speakers at SQLSaturday #66 on February 12 in Colorado Springs. I will be talking about hardware evaluation and selection, and the full abstract is below:

Hardware 201: Selecting and Sizing Database Hardware for OLTP Performance

The foundation of database performance is the underlying server hardware and storage subsystem. Even the best designed and optimized database application can be crippled by an inadequate hardware and storage infrastructure. Recent advances in new processors and chipsets, along with improvements in magnetic and SSD storage have dramatically changed the evaluation and selection process compared to the past. Many database professionals struggle to keep up with new technology and often simply let someone else make their hardware selection and sizing decisions. Unfortunately, the DBA usually gets the blame for any performance issues that crop up later. Don’t let this happen to you! This session covers current and upcoming hardware from both Intel and AMD and gives you the tools and resources to make better hardware selection decisions to support SQL Server OLTP workloads.

Here is the full schedule:

Time Slot

Room 1

Room 2

8:00 – 8:15



8:15 – 8:45

First activity


8:45 – 9:45

DEV – 45 new 2005/2008 TSQL features in 45 minutes
Bill Fellows

ADM – Best Practices for SQL Server on VMWare
Dean Richards

9:45 – 10:00



10:00 – 11:00

BI – Becoming DAX: An Introduction
William Pearson

ADM – Policy Based Management
Tom Norman

11:00 – 11:30

Second Activity


11:30 – 12:30

ADM – Securing your SQL Server
Gabriel Villa

BI – Make it fast, make it pretty (SSRS)
Doug Lane

12:30 – 1:30

PROF – The Modern Resume – Building Your Brand
Steve Jones

Lunch – Meet the experts\WIT tables

1:30 – 2:30

DEV – SQL Server Performance tuning
Mark Halstead

ADM -Hardware 201: Selecting Database Hardware
Glenn Berry

2:30 – 3:00

Third Activity


3:00 – 3:15



3:15 – 4:15

BI – A Data Mining Solution
Carlos Bossy

DEV – Managing the Data Tier Application Lifecycle
Ted Malone

4:15 – 5:00

Final Activity\Ending Comments


This should be another fun SQLSaturday event, and I hope to see you there! 

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