I just found out yesterday that I had one of my General sessions approved for the 2010 PASS Summit in Seattle coming on November 8-12. Here is the session title and abstract that I submitted:
Hardware 201: Selecting and Sizing Database Hardware for OLTP Performance
The foundation of database performance is the underlying server hardware and storage subsystem. Even the best designed and optimized database application can be crippled by an inadequate hardware and storage infrastructure. Recent advances in new processors and chipsets, along with improvements in magnetic and SSD storage have dramatically changed the evaluation and selection process compared to the past. Many database professionals struggle to keep up with new technology and often simply let someone else make their hardware selection and sizing decisions. Unfortunately, the DBA usually gets the blame for any performance issues that crop up later. Don't let this happen to you! This session covers current and upcoming hardware from both Intel and AMD and gives you the tools and resources to make better hardware selection decisions to support SQL Server OLTP workloads.
This will be my second year presenting at PASS, and I am really looking forward to it. PASS is always a great conference where you get a lot of extremely valuable content from a collection of the best SQL Server experts in the industry. It is definitely worth the time and money if you are interested in SQL Server.