I’m pleased to say that I’ve been asked to present a full day session at Dev Connections titled “Storage and Virtualization for DBAs”. In this two-part session will focus on two of the biggest topics in the DBA field: how to properly design your SAN solution and how to properly design your virtualization solution. In the first half of the session we’ll focus on the storage array. Storage can be one of the biggest bottlenecks when it comes to database performance. It’s also one of the hardest places to troubleshoot performance issues because storage engineers and database administrators often don’t speak the same language. In this session we’ll look at storage from both the database and storage perspectives. After going over the components we’ll dig into some advanced storage configurations, including RAID groups, multi-pathing software, and proper redundant storage network design. We’ll also dig into some advanced storage array backup techniques, including taking storage-level clones and snapshots. After we cover these advanced techniques, we’ll dig into how we can best use them to back up a SQL Server environment to provide maximum redundancy with no recurring tape costs. In the second half of the day we’ll look at the pros and cons of moving SQL Server systems into a virtual server environment. Specifically, we’ll discuss when it’s a good idea and when it’s probably not a good idea.
If you’ve been working in IT for really any period of time, and you want to learn move about how the storage and virtualization platforms that we use every day work, and how to make them work better for you, then this is the session for you to attend.
Seats are still available for the session, you just need to register to attend this great session being held September 15th, 2014 at Dev Connections in Las Vegas, NV.
I hope to see you in Las Vegas,