Now myself and our awesome NEC rep will be arriving at 9:30 at Bush Garden (possibly even together). Anything you drink before 9:30pm IS ON YOUR TAB. Once the tab is open its first come, first served. Don’t be greedy, we have a budget so don’t be drinking all of it. We want the budget to last so that everyone can enjoy our sponsors amazing generosity, so I’ll say it again, don’t be a putz.
When the drinks run out, they run out. If you get there late and the budget is gone, then sorry. Crying to me will get some big old puppy dog eyes with my most polite and heartfelt “so sorry”. Once the budget runs out I’ll grab the mic and let you know that you’ll need to open your own tab in a way that is truly “me”.
If when you get to the NEC booth the folks there don’t know what you are talking let me know on Twitter or email and I’ll get my guy down there to straighten them out. There shouldn’t be any problems, we’ve got their marketing department running the show there.
Don’t forget to tip the nice lady that brings you the drinks and the KJ who lets us abuse him for the night.
Now if you aren’t interested in saving €20 then by all means wait until Monday, but if it was up to me I’d want to save that €20 for someone else (good beer comes to mind), so go and sign up now. I’ll wait.
Not sure why you want to go to SQL Server Days?
The answer to that is simple. There is a lot of top name speaker talent flying in, and they want to meet you at the event. You’ve got some of the biggest speakers in the community speaking at this event. Chris Webb (blog) is going to be speaking on SQL Server Analysis Services and the new DAX queries. Jennifer Stirrup (blog | @jenstirrup) will be talking about the iPad and PowerPivot and how to get BI solutions into the hands of mobile users. Kevin Kline (blog | twitter) will be talking about thoubleshooting SQL Server and much, much more.
Now stop reading and go sign up already and save yourself the €20. I’ll see you there on the 14th and 15th.
You can download this from my site at your leisure.
The speakers (including myself) are:
All this for the amazing low price of zero, zip, nada, nothing. If you’ll be in town, or you can be in town this is a great opportunity to get some absolutely amazing SQL Server training. Now is the time to register for the event and reserve yourself a seat before they are all gone.
See you at the Skirball center, and at the party after.
A large number of the MVPs submitted topic ideas and those who’s ideas were accepted (they didn’t want 10 chapters on PowerShell for example) were asked to write a chapter on that topic. My chapter was on Storage (shocking I know) and got put in as Chapter 5. You can see the chapter list over on Manning’s site (they are the publisher). Currently you can’t pre-order from Manning, but you can from Amazon. If you wait until you can get the book from Manning directly the charity will get a few extra bucks, but if you don’t want to wait we all totally understand.
Rumor has it that there will be another SQL Server Deep Dives book signing at the PASS summit this year. If you are interested in getting your book signed by a large number of the authors this is your chance. There aren’t that many times when this many of the authors are in the same room at the same time. There hasn’t been any announcement about where or when it will be, but you should be able to pick up a copy of the book at the PASS summit book store so you don’t have to lug a copy from home then back home again. I know that when the MVPs did the last MVP Deep Dives book the book store did sell out and they had to do a rush overnight over to get more copies for everyone.
I’ll see you at the PASS summit, and hopefully you’ll be carrying around a copy of the new SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
I’m not sure how far back Felipe will be translating (there are currently over 600 posts on this site, so I’m guessing that not all of them will be done), but many of the new posts that I write he’ll be translating. I think this is awesome for Felipe to do as this will increase the amount of information available to people in their native language, and all done in his spare time. If you see Felipe at a conference or user group meeting, be sure to buy the man a beer. Translating technical content is probably about the hardest thing that you can do, and he is doing this all for free.
Table Indexing for the .NET Developer
SQL Server Clustering 101
I hope that everyone had as good a time at SQL Saturday as I did.
P.S. Something to note, don’t leave early after your raffle ticket is drawn. We had so many great prizes that we ran out of raffle tickets and had to start drawing evals from the box for prize winners, so you might have won something else if you stuck around till the end.]]>
My first stop will be November 12th, 2011 for the SQL Zaterdag IV in the Netherlands (the site is in Dutch and hasn’t been setup for the next event, yet). This is a good old fashioned SQL Saturday except that it isn’t listed on the SQL Saturday website. Something about the SQL Saturday site only being in English, and everyone over there speaking Dutch. Hopefully they don’t expect a presentation in Dutch, if they do it’s going to be a really long hour. I suppose I’ll have to learn how to say “Hello, where can I get a beer” at the very least. Good thing there’s a 12 hour flight to get over there.
My second stop will be SQL Server Days over in Belgium where the organizers have asked me to come and speak this November 14th and 15th; presented by SQLUG.be and Microsoft Belux. I’m not up on the schedule (yet), I don’t even know what sessions I’m going to be presenting yet (they haven’t picked them yet) but I’m going to be there and having a great time with all the attendees (as soon as they pick the sessions I’ll be presenting I’ll post them here). I can’t wait to see everyone there. SQL Server Days is a two day conference with some Microsoft speakers on the 14th and community speakers on the 15th.
This is a great opportunity for me because I’ll get to meet some new people who hopefully have read some of my stuff before, so I can get some new feedback and make some new friends. (This is one of the things that I love about going to new places to present is meeting new people.)
There are some great speakers that I’m really looking forward to seeing again, or for the first time, such as Kevin Kline, Chris Webb, Dandy Weyn and Jennifer Stirrup. Cost for SQL Server Days is VERY reasonable. If you register in September it’s €79, after that it is €99.
So if you are in Europe and you’ve got the time, you should come check out these two great events. As soon as I’ve got more information about the sessions that I’ll be presenting I’ll be sure to get that information published.
Hopefully I’ll see you at one or both events,
NEC is a regular SQL PASS so be sure to go to their booth and give them some love at the summit. NEC offers a wide range of products including great storage arrays and some of the most highly available servers around which are great for running SQL Server on.
Genesis sadly won’t be at the SQL PASS summit this year but there were kind enough to sponsor us anyway. If you see Genesis Hosting at another conference be sure to show them the love in the booth. Genesis Hosting Solutions offers a wide variety of hosting and virtualization solutions designed to meet the needs of any company from needing just a few VMs to hosting an entire virtual production or DR facility with hundreds or thousands of virtual machines.
Thanks again to both sponsors for helping us out.
See you at the summit,
On paper this all sounds great, but I work in reality. In reality as the admin I can’t just trust that someone else is going to manage my DR solution. When things break and we lose the site and have to restore to DR, as the admin I’m the one on the hook with management to get the company up and running again not whoever I’ve out sourced the backups to.
When it comes to my backups (and pretty much any other data at all) I trust no one with it. If I sent it out to some cloud provider how do I know that no one is going to look at it, change it, sell it, etc. If I don’t control everything from end to end, I can’t be sure that my data is secure. I can encrypt it before I sent it up to the cloud, but that’s only giving me so much protection. Encryption can be broken; it just requires having enough machines working on the problem.
There’s also another little problem with using the cloud for backups. Large companies (and even small companies) have lots of data, and I mean lots of data. These days it isn’t crazy for a 10-20 person company to have a couple of terabytes of data. If you are backing all that data up to the cloud on a regular basis you need a lot of bandwidth to get your backup uploaded to the cloud in a timely fashion. Bandwidth sure isn’t free, not even here in the US much less in other countries. Many other countries have bandwidth caps in place where you may by the meg to upload data. If you have to upload 100 Gigs of data a week (a 10% total data change rate is pretty standard) that could take 10-12 hours to upload on a fast connection, and could cost hundreds or thousands in bandwidth charges if you are bandwidth capped.
Running your app in the cloud is a totally different thing. When you do this you have control of the setup, and can control how many sites your data is located in. With the cloud backup solutions that I’ve looked at so far you don’t have this sort of control. You just have to trust that the company that you are paying is doing the right thing. After all what happens if they store your data close to you, for quicker access then what happens when your site loose power because of a natural disaster and they are down for the same reason. Who do you call? You can’t fire anyone because the plan was to let them handle it. You can’t get your site back up because you have to wait for them to get their site back up.
In my world, that’s just not a reasonable solution.