SQL RELAY 2013r2 - Reading

Microsoft Campus

Mon 11th Nov 2013


SQL Relay will again be heading to the Microsoft campus in Reading, for the second time in 2013!

It will feature top quality SQL Server content from nationally and internationally renowned speakers including experts from Microsoft.

Registration is open now - register your place now!. Register for the Cloud OS tracks.


Building 3
Thames Valley Park


 There will be two tracks of content; SQL Server and CloudOS. You will be able to switch between the tracks at any time during the day.

Provisional Schedule
FromToSQL Server Track
09:00 09:30 Registration
09:25 09:30 Welcome & Introduction
09:30 10:00 Keynote Anthony Saxby - Microsoft UK, SQL Server Product Manager
10:00 11:00 Scott Klein - SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure Virtual Machines Deep Dive
11:00 11:25 Break
11:25 11:55 Violin's CTO Jonathan Goldick
Unleash your SQL Server environment with Flash Storage

11:55 12:50 Lunch
12:50 13:50 Chris Webb, SQL Server MVP  - Power BI
13:50 14:05


14:05 15:05

David Hansen - First look at the in-memory component of SQL Server 2014

15:05 15:20 Break
15:20 16:20 Sanjaya Padhi -  Master Data Services, Data Quality Services and SQL Server Data Tools
16:35 17:30 Denny Cherry - Table Indexing for the .Net developer
17:30 17:45 Finito!


With so many awesome sessions, presented by world-class speakers, what more could you ask for?!


Register your FREE place now!.


Attendee Information

: There is free parking at the venue.

Address: Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG

Registration: Please register your place using the link above. Nearer the event we will email you a link to a ticket. You will need to print & cut this out and bring it with you to gain entry to the event.

Competitions: Your ticket will also contain competition entry vouchers, which you can put in sponsors' bowls during the day to win some great prizes! Please make sure you cut these out prior to getting to the venue or there will be a big queue for the scissors!

Food: We'll be prividing a light packed lunch, plus tea & coffee at a couple of breaks. We will be catering for vegetarian food, according to your food preferences during registration.



Introduction to Power BI

Power BI is Microsoft’s hyped new self-service BI suite, consisting of a range of Excel addins (Power Pivot, Power Query, Power View and Power Map) and cloud-based dashboarding, data discovery and collaboration functionality integrated with Office 365. This session will explain how all the parts of Power BI fit together and show how it can be used as an end-to-end solution.

Unleash your SQL Server environment with Flash Storage

How the database world looks at storage, when they can’t ignore its existence entirely 

Why is it worth paying for Flash?

Can’t I just solve my performance problems with DRAM?

I don’t care about a million IOPS, I don’t know how many I might need but it’s never going to be a million.  

I care about how to run my applications as fast as possible for the least cost and Flash is not cheap.

This talk will cover why Flash solves key problems in SQL Server deployments and how Violin’s Flash technology uniquely addresses the consistent low latency they require.  We will also cover recent announcements of work done with Microsoft to create a shrink-wrapped Windows Storage Server 2012 appliance. 

Speaker Bios


Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry is the owner, founder and principal consultant for Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting.  Denny has over a decade of experience in the IT field.  Denny started working first with SQL Server, then he branched out into VMware’s vSphere and Microsoft’s Hyper-V platforms.  Shortly after begin worth hyper-visor platforms Denny begin working with Enterprise class storage.

Over the last several years Denny has focused on system architecture, performance tuning, and data replication.

Denny has an impressive set of credentials including being a current Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award winner, and he has been since 2008.  Denny also holds the VMware vExpert award from VMware and the EMC Elect award from EMC.  Denny holds certifications for SQL Server from the MCDBA for SQL Server 2000 up through the Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server 2008.  Additionally Denny is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

Chris Webb

Chris Webb is an independent consultant and trainer specializing in Analysis Services, MDX, PowerPivot and DAX. He is a co-author of three books: "Expert Cube Development with SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services," "MDX Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase," and "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model." He blogs about Microsoft BI at http://cwebbbi.wordpress.com/ and his Twitter handle is @Technitrain

Jonathan Goldick – CTO, Software

Jonathan is the Violin CTO of Software responsible for driving the data management software architecture. As the former CTO at OnStor, he set the technical direction for scale-out network attached storage (NAS) hardware and software design. After OnStor was acquired by LSI in 2009, Jonathan transitioned to the role of LSI Fellow where he was part of the company’s Corporate Strategy Office, defining the company’s strategic direction and identifying key areas ripe for technical innovation.

Prior to that, Jonathan held technical leadership and key architect roles at organizations such as Zambeel, Microsoft, and IBM Transarc Labs. As an architect at Zambeel, he designed the key components of the company’s Global File System (GFS). At Microsoft, Goldick served as a key technical contributor for CIFS protocol design futures, the backup/restore framework (VSS), NTFS performance and feature enhancements, and WebDAV futures. Goldick was also Chief NT architect for the file systems group at IBM Transarc where he designed multi-protocol algorithms to bridge the Windows and UNIX worlds.

Jonathan is the author of four IEEE and USENIX publications related to mass storage and Global File Systems and holds eight patents in the field.