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Hardware 201: Selecting and Sizing Database Hardware

On July 25, I had the opportunity to present Hardware 201 for the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter. You can download my deck here.

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.

Attendance was quite good for a hardware-related session, and there were a lot of interesting questions after the presentation.

Just in case this session whetted your appetite for a much deeper level of knowledge about SQL Server Hardware, you should consider attending the upcoming two-day IEHW: Immersion Event on SQL Server Hardware course that I will be teaching in Bellevue, WA on September 18-19, 2013.

Filed under: Computer Hardware, Intel, Processors, SQL Server 2012, Teaching Tagged: Hardware, OLTP


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