Houston Area SQL Server User Group Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation “Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes” at HASSUG.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation: Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes

As a followup to a question from the presentation about clustering the appliances, I have found that Dell offers a high availability solution that clusters two Fast Track servers and two SAS arrays in an active/passive configuration (view details).  It’s likely most of the other vendors who support Fast Track have clustering options.  For the Database Consolidation Appliance (DBC), you can implement a multi-site disaster recovery plan if you have a multi-rack DBC Appliance. The different racks that make up the DBC Appliance can be implemented at different locations and configured as a multi-site cluster for disaster recovery purposes.

Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes

Learn how SQL Server 2008 can scale to HUNDREDS of terabytes for BI 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 PDW implementation 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 on your own: HP Business Decision Appliance (BDA), HP Business Data Warehouse appliance (BDW), HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance, and HP Database Consolidation Appliance.

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 there are options outside of the usual ordering a server and internally installing the hardware, OS, and SQL Server.

About James Serra

James currently works for Microsoft specializing in big data and data warehousing using the Analytics Platform System (APS), a Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) architecture. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/MDM architect and developer, specializing in the Microsoft BI stack. He is a SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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4 Responses to Houston Area SQL Server User Group Presentation

  1. James, Thanks for presenting to HASSUG today and getting this posted so quickly. Lots of discussions around the room after the presentation – always a good sign!
    Thanks,
    Nancy Hidy Wilson
    HASSUG Chapter Leader

  2. Brandon Smith says:

    Nice Job James! I enjoyed the presentation. I also really liked the participative tone of your presentation. Even though I didn’t ask any questions of my own I enjoyed the cleaver questions provided by the members of the audience and your provided answers. It was the most though BI presentation I have encountered to date on the subject of leveraging hardware and software in the implementations of BI Solutions. I can’t speak for everyone but its been 32 hours since the meeting and if your goal was to at least be memorable then Mission Accomplished.

    • James Serra says:

      Thanks Brandon, I greatly appreciate the kind words. It was a lot of fun presenting and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m hoping I get to do that presentation again at SQLSaturday next month. Fingers crossed!

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