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SQL Server consolidation and virtualization & SQL Server 2008 R2
Author: Greg Linwood Date Posted: 9/3/2009 9:27:06 AM
SQL Server consolidation and virtualization (Rob Reinauer)
Server consolidation and Virtualisation are key industry trends which all IT departments should be following and evaluating. This presentation will provide an overview of server consolidation techniques for SQL Server with a special focus on virtualisation and Hyper-V.

We will explore the Hyper-V general architecture, high availability features, and best practices. We will also present virtualised SQL Server performance results on different CPU architectures and explain how modern architectures boost virtualisation performance and provide multi-VM scalability.

Overview of SQL Server 2008 R2 (Mark Souza)
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 momentum has been growing steadily since release last year. Customers are migrating and finding great ROI in doing so. That momentum continues as the Microsoft SQL Server development team extends the value proposition of Microsoft SQL Server with the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008 R2. Come listen to new and creative expansion of our BI activity with the release of extended power to the client analytics.

Are your IT users tired of runaway spreadsheet activity in your shops with copies and more copies of data in spreadsheets running wild? You will want to see how we can help. You want unlimited scalability of your data warehouse? We will introduce our high scale, low cost, scale out solution for this. We will also address multi-server management tools to reduce costs, SSRS enhancements and more.

Rob Reinauer
Rob is the Product Unit Manager for the SQL Base Infrastructure & Availability (SBIA) group in the Database Systems Group. SBIA owns the SQL Server Engine base execution environment, Security and Replication components, as well as the SQL Division’s Deployment & Servicing Platform and High Availability missions. Before joining Microsoft, Rob was CTO for Pervasive Software in Austin, TX a mid-market database vendor. Before Pervasive, Rob held a variety of leadership roles within the IBM Corporation, including Chief Architect for IBM’s PSP division and OS/2, as well as Senior Architect for the RS/6000 division. Previous to IBM Rob held leadership roles at Performance Architectures, Tandem and Sperry Rand.

Mark Souza
Mark Souza is a Director in the Microsoft SQL Server development organization. He heads up all customer and ISV programs for the Microsoft SQL Server unit. These teams specialize in implementing the most challenging customer database applications worldwide. His experience focuses on the issues related to the distribution, modeling, design, and performance of data with a distributed computing application. Mr. Souza uses this customer experience to drive high quality SQL Server product planning back in Redmond. Mr. Souza's twenty seven years in the Information Technology business has consisted of database administration, end-user tool management, systems engineering database specialist/lead, client/server architect, Microsoft regional data technology specialist and SQL Server development customer advisory team.
Mr. Souza has a Masters Degree in MIS from Marist College and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Lisa of 24 years and three beautiful children (Andrew 16, Megan 14 and Jennifer 12). He also enjoys flying airplanes, reading, running, sports and attending broadway shows in his spare time.

Venue: Microsoft Level 5, Building 4, Freshwater Place, Southbank , Melbourne, VIC | Duration 5:30PM pizzas & drinks for 6:00 start, approx 7:45pm finish | On: Thursday, September 10, 2009