Remote Presentation For PASS DBA Virtual Chapter


On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 18:00 UTC, I will be presenting “Hardware 301: Evaluating and Choosing Database Hardware for SQL Server 2019” for the PASS DBA virtual chapter. You can register here.

Here is the abstract:

Hardware 301: Evaluating and Choosing Database Hardware for SQL Server 2019

Microsoft made some sweeping changes to their software licensing model for SQL Server 2012, moving from socket-based licensing to core-based licensing. This new licensing model alters much of the conventional criteria for hardware selection for database servers that will be running SQL Server 2012 and newer. This change still causes a significant amount of angst, with fears of huge increases in SQL Server licensing costs compared to older versions of the product. This session will cut through the uncertainty and hype to show you how to properly evaluate and choose your database hardware for usage with SQL Server 2016 and newer. You will learn how to choose hardware for different types of workloads and how to get the best performance and scalability for the lowest licensing cost, whether you are running in a physical or virtualized environment.

Intel Cascade Lake-SP System Metrics
Intel Cascade Lake-SP System Metrics

Final Words

This is one of my favorite presentations, that I always enjoy giving. If you are a data platform professional who works with SQL Server, this should be useful and interesting for you. This is true even if you don’t really have an interest in server hardware! I hope to see you there!

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