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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Fast Track Data Warehouse Reference Guide for SQL Server 2012

I have previously blogged about Fast Track Data Warehouse, a reference configuration optimized for data warehousing (see Microsoft SQL Server Reference Architecture and Appliances).  That was version 3.0 of the reference configuration that was for SQL Server 2008 R2.  Just released is version 4.0 for SQL Server 2012 (download).

The following table provides a list of notable changes or updates:

Description Version Note
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Links to other SQL Server Best Practices documents
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Benchmarking and validation
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Memory requirements
SQL Server 2012 4.0 xVelocity memory-optimized columnstore indexes
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Solid state storage
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Validation and columnstore indexes
SQL Server 2012 4.0 Validation of baseline I/O

More Info:

SQLAuthority News – Fast Track Data Warehouse Reference Guide for SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Data Warehouse Features

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