About Me

I make Microsoft SQL Server go faster.

Brent Ozar, Mazatlan, Dec 2018

I’ve been working with databases since the late 1990s. I got my start in hotels & restaurants, and then realized no matter how far you go in hospitality, you’re still working weekends and holidays. I wanted to have weekends & holidays off with my family, plus make more money, so I switched over to tech, and eventually specialized in databases. As it turned out, I still worked weekends & holidays, but … at least I made more money.

These days, I run Brent Ozar Unlimited, a tiny company that does online services, training, and consulting to help fix slow SQL Servers.

Some of the things I’ve built include:

I love teaching, travel, and laughing.

I work to live, not the other way around, so I try to take as much personal time off as I can. I think of it as rehearsing for retirement, hahaha. In our spare time, my wife Erika and I have a great time seeing the world. You can keep up with our travels on my Instagram feed.

I live in California with my wife Erika.

I grew up all over the Midwest US: Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee – and then spent my high school years in Michigan. I got tired of the cold, so when it came time for college, I raced down to Houston, Texas. After that, in the hospitality industry, I kept moving around to work with hotels across Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, and more. I’m very comfortable moving around and discovering new places.

Erika and I met in Texas, and we’ve lived in Miami Beach, Chicago, and now San Diego. I’ve always felt like a Californian at heart. I’m laid back, and I think California prioritizes things that are important to me, too. And you can’t beat the weather.

If you want to stay in touch, I’m @BrentO on Twitter, BrentOzar on Facebook, and @BrentOzar on TikTok.

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