Please vote for my SQLRally session

I’m hoping to do a presentation at SQLRally in Dallas on May 10-11, but I need your help!

There is a Community Vote for the remaining 20 sessions, so I would greatly appreciate it if you would go to and vote for my session (described below).  You have to be a PASS member to vote, but if you are not, it is free to register.  Thanks for your help!

Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes (Overview of Microsoft Appliances)

Learn how SQL Server 2008 can scale to HUNDREDS of terabytes for BI/DW solutions.  This session will focus on Fast Track Solutions and Appliances, Reference Architectures, and Parallel Data Warehousing (PDW).  Included will be performance numbers and lessons learned on the very first production PDW deployment in the world and how a successful BI solution was built on top of it using SSAS.

Learn about all the different appliances and how they can save you a tremendous amount of time and money instead of building your own: HP Business Decision Appliance (BDA), HP Business Data Warehouse Appliance (BDW), HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance (EDW), and HP Database Consolidation Appliance (DBC).

If you are involved in the decision-making in your company for purchasing one or more servers to be used for SQL Server, this session will make you aware that there are better options outside of the usual ordering of a server and internally installing the hardware, OS, and SQL Server.  And then hoping it will handle your databases!

About James Serra

James is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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