Alex Yates wrote a very interesting post called 5 bold changes to support the scale problem of SQL Saturdays (and other data platform conferences.) The short story: Cut costs (and no free lunches) Attract new sponsors Attract new attendees Get more diversified attendees Attendees have a duty to talk to sponsors They’re a lot of great ideas, and I’m going to suggest one of my own. Sponsors need to deliver sponsor sessions that don’t suck. Today, sponsors buy attendee eyeball time by doing things like sponsoring sessions at lunch. SQLSaturday organizers usually set up the time slots so that no “real” sessions are given during lunch,…Read
Back in 2001, Steve Jones, aka @way0utwest on Twitter, cofounded SQLServerCentral.com. He shepherded it into an incredibly large resource, well-known in the industry for its active forum, strong email list, Question of the Day, and the really well-done Stairways series of tutorials. He’s been a pioneer in our industry, and he freely gives away knowledge. Along with his cofounders, he sold SQLServerCentral to Red Gate years ago, and he’s still managed to keep the site as a fun place to be that has its own personality. It’s not vendor spam – it’s a fountain of helpful information and community participation.…Read
Seriously, I’m not trying to pick on VMware documentation, but lately there’s some odd stuff coming out. Last week it was a really bad book, and today it’s a technical white paper from VMware itself – VMware Virtual SAN Performance with Microsoft SQL Server. It’s an easy read – a 9-page PDF – but here’s the highlights. Think about the white paper’s title for a second: it sounds like it’s going to test how well the storage performs with SQL Server. Virtual SAN – so we’re testing a storage-intensive workload, right? Wrong, because the very first paragraph of the executive…Read
I woke up this morning, excited for the 24 Hours of PASS, and the slide decks are already online! Let’s check out the slides for the first session, Field Testing Buffer Pool Extension and In-Memory OLTP Features in SQL Server 2014. They start out by talking about how the SQL Server world has changed: Things Have Changed – note the memory Things definitely have changed – 4-8GB used to be normal for SQL Server, and now 32GB is pretty much the bare minimum for physical servers as the slide notes. I see smaller VMs a lot still though. Then they start…Read
With the first vendor-based 24 Hours of PASS approaching, it’s a good time to learn how to think critically. Critical thinking doesn’t mean criticizing – it means seriously examining the evidence and basing your decision based on facts. For example, when reading a vendor benchmark or white paper, it means asking: What does the evidence say? What evidence is missing? How is the evidence being interpreted by the author? What’s the author’s bias, and what is my own bias? Are we purposely being misled? What conclusion should I draw from the evidence? Let’s do a real-life example together. Fusion-io’s SQL Server 2014 Performance…Read
The Professional Association for SQL Server describes itself this way: “PASS is an independent, not-for-profit organization run by and for the community.” Every now and then, PASS runs a popular online event called the 24 Hours of PASS. With a name like that, and a mission statement like PASS’s, you’d assume the speakers would be community members. That was true for years – but this time around, there’s something a little different. The speakers are Microsoft employees (save one co-presenter). The topics focus on marketing SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database. And the 24 Hours of PASS is sponsored by Microsoft.…Read
Let’s get one thing straight from the start: I love monitoring products. I get really excited when there’s a new one because I think there’s still a lot of space for innovation in this market. So when I got an email from ApexSQL announcing their new SQL Server monitoring product, I was excited. I clicked on it immediately and looked at the first screen shot in their announcement blog post: ApexSQL Monitor – click to enlarge The more things I looked at, the more horrified I got. Let’s take it from the top: SQL Server isn’t capitalized correctly. I can forgive…Read
Klout is a site that tracks social media influencers so that advertisers can give free perks to get the word out about their products. I’m big in Japan, so I get perks from time to time. In inviting me to this weekend’s perk (an Acura test drive), Klout and Acura sent me an email. Here’s one part: 5. Respect Intellectual Property Rights Intellectual Property is the group of legal rights to things people create or invent. Intellectual property rights typically include copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights, as well as the right to use someone’s name, likeness or voice. Examples…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.