Presenting Hardware 301 for Oregon Data Community


On August 12, 2020, I will be presenting “Hardware 301: Evaluating and Choosing Database Hardware for SQL Server 2019” for the Oregon Data Community. This will be a special online meeting with five short presentations by five different speakers. Each presentation will be between 15 and 30 minutes long, and the meeting starts at 6:30PM Pacific time. You can register here.

Here is the full lineup:

  • Tim Combs: What is Developer Advocacy?
  • Glenn Berry: Hardware 301: Evaluating and Choosing Database Hardware for SQL Server 2019
  • Jody Pilsworth: Azure Data Studio Recent Feature Updates…Plus DBAtools + Diagnostics + SQL Notebooks = Awesome!
  • Joe Dunn: Build Communities Today
  • Paul Turley: Futureproofing Power BI solutions

Hardware 301

My presentation is going to be roughly 30 minutes long. It is a compact version of my Hardware 301 deck with the latest hardware developments that are most relevant for SQL Server.

AMD EPYC 1P System Metrics
AMD EPYC 1P System Metrics

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 2012 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.

Final Words

This event is called the “August 2020 ODC Meeting: A Summer Melange”. It should be a fun meeting, with lots of free content from five different speakers. I hope I see you there!

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments and on Twitter. I am pretty active on Twitter as GlennAlanBerry. Thanks for reading!

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