Yesterdays Storage and Virtualization Session

In case you missed the dozen blog posts and Twitter messages about it over the last couple of weeks yesterday was a dry run of the Storage and Virtualization session that I’ll be presenting at the SQL PASS summit in Seattle this November.  We had a pretty good turn out, and I’d like to thank everyone that came out to watch me talk for 8 hours (turned out it was closed to 6 hours, so that’s the first thing to fix).  I got great feedback from everyone.

A big thank you to the sponsors who the event couldn’t have been done without.  Those sponsors for yesterday were Microsoft, Emulex, Quest Software and Red Gate.

Several people asked for the slide deck, so here it is in its current form.  The deck for the pre-con at PASS will be quite a bit different, as more material will be added, and some of this material will be moved around to make it flow better as I move from topic to topic.

Congrats to the drawing winners.  For the folks that won the Windows 7 licenses, as soon as we can track down the Windows 7 licenses I’ll get them mailed out to you.

Thanks again to everyone for coming.  Hopefully I’ll see most of you at PASS or Connections.



3 Responses

  1. Denny,

    First of all thanks for the excellent presentation yesterday. I really found the section on storage especially helpful given we don’t have any true SAN administrators in our environment.

    I did have one question, on our EMC SAN, currently both the Read and Write Cache are enabled on the LUNs attached to our SQL Server cluster (primarily OLTP and SharePoint related data). Would there be a performance gain by turning off Read Cache (I know the standard “it depends” applies, but just looking to see what your experiences have been)?

    Thanks again!

  2. Dan,
    Disabling the read cache on the OLTP LUNs won’t actually improve SQL’s performance. What it’ll do is free up read cache for systems that can actually make use of the cache.


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