The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) group holds an annual summit for their members. I attended last year, and blogged about some of my experiences:
While I was there, I remember thinking, “Man, I wish they had more storage information. I can’t be the only guy here who’s pushing the limits with my SANs.” The only storage session I got excited about by Linchi Shea, and if you ever get the chance to talk to this guy, you need to do it. I sincerely hope that he wins the lottery, because I want his job – exploring performance limits with database servers on SANs.
This year, when PASS sent out their request for speakers, I thought – why not me? I’ve probably got more storage and virtualization experience than most database administrators, since I’ve managed SANs and VMware farms, and I have a ton of lessons that I should be passing on to other DBAs. I’ve got an upcoming article in SQL Server Magazine about database storage, I’ve written whitepapers for Quest and SearchSQLServer, and I’m good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.
So I submitted a few session topics that I could cover with disturbing detail and shocking first-hand knowledge:
- Virtualized Storage Pros & Cons
- Dealing with Virtual Database Servers
- Finding your Storage Bottlenecks with SQLIO
- SAN Tips for First-Time Users
All of these are things I’ve wanted to cover in the blog anyway (you should see my list of blog post ideas) so might as well cover ’em in person.
Plus, I’m really excited about this year’s summit. It’s in Seattle (so more MS folks will attend), SQL Server 2008 is coming, Microsoft’s virtualization technologies are coming and it’s just a great time to be a DBA.
Which reminds me – if you’re a DBA in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, Southern Wine is still looking for my replacement. Email me if you’re interested! It’s a fantastic company to work for, and it’s a great opportunity to work with a lot of cool technologies like blades, database mirroring, SANs and .NET web apps.