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SQL Saturday #62

2011 January 4
by Brian Mitchell

SQL Saturday #62 in Tampa, FL is coming up quickly on January 15, 2011.  I’ll be presenting a topic called…wait for it…SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. 



Here is my abstract: We will cover an overview of the functionality of SQL PDW. PDW is a highly scalable appliance for Enterprise data warehousing. We will discuss how PDW partitions large tables across multiple physical nodes, each having its own dedicated CPU, memory, storage, and each running its own instance of SQL Server in a parallel shared nothing design.


I’m excited about seeing some old friends and colleagues, some of which I haven’t seen since I joined Microsoft.  Ron Dameron (blog|twitter) will be presenting on PowerShell.  We use PowerShell inside of the PDW appliance for many administrative purposes, so I will be checking out his session.  A former manager of mine, Chad Miller (blog|twitter) will also be speaking on PowerShell.  Checking out the schedule, its going to be tough choosing between seven different presentations every session.  This is my very tentative schedule after a quick glance at the options:

8:30-9:30 Why Learn PowerShell?

9:45-10:45 Developing Date and Role-Playing Dimensions

11:00-12:00 Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices for DBA’s

1:30-2:30 Find Performance Problems by Reading the Waits

2:45-3:45 SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse!!!

4:00-5:00 DR Availability, You’re Wanted in the Recovery Room


Also, SQL Saturday is creeping into Friday!  Tampa SQL Saturday #62 will also be hosting a Day of Data on 1/14/2011, the day before SQL Saturday #62 in Tampa at the Italian Club in the historic Ybor City district.  They are offering 2 all day sessions from which to choose.  For the DBAs there is Denny Cherry presenting Storage and Virtualization for the DBA.  For the BI focus, Stacia Misner will be presenting Business Intelligence End-to-End.  The cost is only $99 per person thru 1/5/2011, after that the price goes to $109.  This price includes coffee, juice and donuts, lunch, and course materials.  Click here to register for Day of Data.

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