I must admit… Denver is my favorite town in this country. The outdoor things to do, the wide variety of locals and transplants, and the thin air all are favorable to me. I’m looking to move here someday soon. With that said, this year’s SQL Saturday #190 in Denver was absolutely wonderful, and not just because I love Denver! Denver has such an incredibly strong SQL Server community, and the warmth that I received from the attendees, other speakers, volunteers, and coordinators just re-enforces my desire to relocate (the SQL Server community in my town of Omaha is stellar, but just look at those mountains!).
At this event, I presented an all new session entitled “Virtualizing Critical SQL Servers” that discussed how virtualization helps DBAs, how to incorporate key virtualization concepts into the daily SQL Server management routine, and how to build the SQL Server VM so you can get the most out of the environment. Most of the attendees had already virtualized most, if not all, of their SQL Servers. The comments and questions from the attendees in the packed room were very good, and I hope that this session helps tear down some of the organizational silos that we discussed and allows the teams to work more closely so that virtualization can really be embraced by the SQL Server teams and operational practices improved as a result!