SQLPASS Community Summit Preview

The SQLPASS Community Summit is one of the most exciting annual conferences for the SQL Server team. Bringing together thousands of professionals to talk about SQL Server is simply amazing. Last year I had the honor of standing on stage with Ted Kummert (Senior Vice President for the Business Platform Division @ Microsoft) during his…

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Crossing Boundaries

Were you in Las Vegas last week? If you attended the SharePoint conference in the Mandalay Bay resort, you probably thought you were. But Las Vegas is famously a city of facades, illusions and well-kept secrets. Caesars Palace isn’t really Rome, nor the Venetian, Venice. My favourite illusion is that much of what we think…

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Month O’ Conferences

November is the month of conferences. There are four pretty major conferences going on and we have SQL Server Manageability sessions @ all of them. Here’s the run down: SQL PASS When: November 2-5, 2009 Where: Seattle, Washington Site: http://summit2009.sqlpass.org/ Sessions: 2 focused on SQL Server 2008 R2/Visual Studio 2010 Application and Multi-Server Management SQL…

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SQL Azure – Let’s Get Started

As you may know we’ve announced that Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, will have commercial availability as of the first day of the upcoming Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles on November 17th, 2009.  In addition to data storage via Windows Azure, included in our offering will be SQL Azure.  I’ve been following the…

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Introduction From Quentin Clark

By way of introduction, I run a team in SQL Server called Database Systems Group.  It’s the engineering team that builds the relational systems for SQL.  The single largest piece of this is the core RDBMS itself (usually referred to around here as The Engine), and the most closely-related components supporting that Engine but area…

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Divining Oracle

Bar Bosch, in Palma de Mallorca, is one of my favourite places to hang out. It’s hectic and noisy, but still leaves space and time for endless discussions or reflection. It is the perfect place to pretentiously pore over Žižek or Derrida. Yet in the autumn of ’98 I found myself sitting there, ordering carajillas…

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Does Consolidation = Virtualization?

In early 2001 I worked @ a start-up company with about 150 people. I call it a start-up because it had no revenue but did have free breakfast, lunch and dinner. @ the company there were five people named Michelle and six named Dan (including yours truly). One day the VP of operations got confused…

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