Cloud efforts advance, SQL Server evolves

MVPs Brent Ozar and Kevin Kline discuss the implications of Microsoft’s latest cloud computing efforts and what they mean to SQL Server BI, virtualization and more.

The Business Intelligence (BI) Conference at Microsoft Tech-Ed 2010 had pretty much the same theme as the rest of the week’s event – that Microsoft is 100% committed to cloud computing. While the opening keynote took time to highlight the cloud-related opportunities for the company’s new PowerPivot technology, it’s clear that the impact of the cloud has the potential to be felt across all areas of IT.

Brent Ozar and Kevin Kline

This is specifically true when it comes to SQL Server, as even the skeptical have started to come around to the benefits of cloud-based databases – even if the reality of those benefits lie deep in the future. We sat down with Microsoft MVPs Brent Ozar and Kevin Kline to get their thoughts on the company’s overall cloud computing strategy and its impact on BI and virtualization. Click the play button below to hear the full conversation.

  • (1:00) The present state of Microsoft BI
  • (3:04) Is cloud skepticism starting to wade?
  • (5:51) Pros and cons of Microsoft’s cloud strategy
  • (8:53) Should DBAS start paying attention?
  • (11:50) “Virtualization will give you your Saturday nights
    back”
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Both Ozar and Kline were in attendance to talk to attendees about new cloud and virtualization features for products like Quest Software’s Toad, Spotlight, and the latest version of LiteSpeed, as well as the new book Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting, which Ozar coauthored for Wiley/Wrox.

“We tried to get outside of what people usually hear for SQL Server internals, and the second half of the book is devoted to tools that you can use to make your SQL Server performance better,” Ozar said in regards to the book.

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This was first published in June 2010

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