I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts.
In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP.
In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.”
You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).
We just received word of a bunch of new functionality over at Scott Guthrie’s blog. Not a lot of stuff for data pro’s… unless you work with Oracle. Yeah, you can now create Oracle VMs. See the image below:
I swear, I can’t tell you why this gives me the giggles, but it does. See, Oracle really does have a cloud offering, and it’s Microsoft.
Well, anyway, check out the link on Scott’s blog to see the other changes to billing, security, etc. Absolutely worth the read.
<snicker>Oracle on Azure.
Oh, and if you need to get going on Oracle and you have an MSDN account, you can link your MSDN account to an Azure account for zero cost. Check it out here and enter to win an Aston Martin. This little prize ends on Monday, so this is your last chance.