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Bryan Walsh

SQL Server DBA Days

Posted by Bryan Walsh Dec 9, 2014

In my last blog, I covered my thoughts from SQL PASS 2014 which took place in Seattle in early November. Immediately following this year’s summit, we kicked off the pilot sessions for “SQL Server DBA Days”. I’m going to break out the overview of SQL Server DBA Days in the format of WWWWW…  or rather Who, What, When, Where & Why.

 

Who was our target audience?

For the first set of workshops we focused on existing EMC customers but on the persona of the DBA. We didn’t just limit our audience to the DBA, but we also did not seek to invite anybody with a storage centric background.

 

What content was covered?

We focused on the following topics:

  • Maximizing Flash Performance for SQL Server
  • DevOps & DaaS Simplified (EMC Hybrid Cloud)
  • Continuous Availability & Protection

 

When & where was this?

So far we have executed 3 of these training workshops with 3-5 more being scheduled for Q1 of 2015.

 

Completed: New York City (11/11), New Jersey (11/12), Boston (11/19)

 

Why did you do this?

Our goal was to educate the DBAs in existing EMC accounts on the features and functionality of our products… which they likely already have available but may not know about today.

 

If they happen to see a feature that ties back to a product they don’t yet have… they are now enabled with an understanding of what is available and maybe they lobby for some new products. We wouldn’t be upset with this result. The bottom line though is that we didn’t go out actively seeking to generate sales but if it happened great. We really just wanted to get out there and make sure our workshop resonated with audience.

 

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We also have a number of Microsoft specialists (MSpecialists) in the field. These are regional resources that can help you bridge the communication gap that may exist in your company between DBAs, application owners, storage admins, infrastructure teams and executives.

 

The results?

Pretty great. The net result is that well over half of all attendees requested customized follow-up meetings to dig deeper into their company’s unique challenges around SQL Server. In general, I would say that the content was delivered at a 200 level with some questions being asked at the 100 level, but also with many 400 level questions. The best way to ensure that you can get all the answers to your questions at the pace that best suites your needs...   engage your local MSpecialist!

 

Next steps?

Interested in meeting with a Microsoft specialist?  Please reach out to your account team. Don’t already have one? http://www.emc.com/contact/contact-us.htm

 

Are you an EMC employee interested in hosting a SQL Server DBA Day in your region?  Please reach out to me with any questions you may have on the availability to hold a workshop in your region.

 

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Bryan Walsh

SQL PASS Follow up blog

Posted by Bryan Walsh Dec 4, 2014

It was definitely a November to remember this year and after a long weekend I’m still reflecting on everything that has taken place. First came SQL PASS, with 5,000+ attendees from over 50 countries all looking to improve their skill sets, make meaningful connections and learn tips, tricks and tools to help them build, manage and protect their SQL Server environments. The following two weeks we spent time out in front of SQL Server DBAs in a program called “SQL Server DBA Days”, educating the DBAs of existing EMC customers on the features and capabilities of products they may already have and perhaps didn't know they have available to use. For the purposes of this post though we are going to focus on SQL PASS.

 

SQL PASS

PASS has always done an outstanding job of making their content available online and this year is no different. If you are looking for a better understanding of the content presented, you can find free video content of keynotes and interviews here. One of the better received keynote sessions was Rimma Nehme's breakdown of what a cloud database is and how to use them.

 

The primary themes of this year’s PASS were really no different than any year…  Performance and Data Protection are always the top of mind for SQL DBAs. In most organizations SQL Server is usually one of the last things that is virtualized in the environment. As most companies have now completed virtualizing their environment and the majority of SQL Servers are now virtualized, another recurring theme has emerged: Agility. This is the promise of cloud.

 

Many sessions focused on the use cases and benefits of Microsoft Azure. In the keynote we also see a glimpse into the future of Azure, where you will have the ability to leverage a concept that we at EMC have been talking about for many years now. Keep your active data hot and keep your inactive data cold. Microsoft is taking this to a whole new level though by leveraging SQL Server In-memory functionality in conjunction with SQL Azure.

 

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Learning about new SQL Server features and capabilities for most DBAs though is kind of like real estate shopping for a new house but knowing that you won’t be buying for a few more years. The reality for most organizations out there is that they have just finished retiring SQL Server 2005, the majority of their environment is now on 2008 R2 and they have SQL Server 2012 deployed but it isn’t really running anything mission critical yet. This is reality though for most DBAs though. So, in many cases they need to look to infrastructure improvements to enable the performance, protection and agility they desire.

 

It should be no surprise based on the themes of Performance, Data Protection and Agility, that we staffed our booth with representatives from our XtremIO & Data Protection and Availability Division.

 

XtremIO: Redefining the Agile Data Center

Conversations about performance with all-flash arrays may be exciting for the first few minutes but even the worst AFA on the market will give you amazing performance compared to a traditional array. The more exciting conversation is how to now leverage the performance and realize the other benefits of an array that has never been designed for spinning disks.

 

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Many AFA vendors focus on checking off boxes like deduplication and compression in order to be able to say “us too, we have those features”. To really move the needle though, it isn’t just having these features, it is about enabling agility through these technologies. Leveraging our inline data reduction capabilities we can enable game changing efficiency and agility for test and development environments as well as for all your reporting and analytics needs.

 

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Data Protection and Availability

This was the third time I’ve attended PASS and one of the things that happens at the booth every year are conversations just like this:

 

  • Me: “Hi, how are you… is there anything I can answer for you today?”
  • Attendee: “You guys are the (Data Domain or Avamar or NetWorker) guys, right?”
  • Me: “Well, yes. That is one of the things we do.”
  • Attendee: “We deployed that this year. It works great, we really like it.”
  • Me: “Great, glad to hear it!”

 

There isn't much better advertising than completely unsolicited and uncompensated praise right in front of other potential customers.

The EMC Data Protection Suite delivers advanced integration with SQL Server enabling DBAs and application owners control with faster, more efficient backups. EMC NetWorker centralizes, automates and accelerates data backup and recovery across the environment.

 

Just because you might not be able to change what version of SQL Server you are running on doesn't mean that you can't improve your overall performance and agility. However, if you are one of those organizations that is looking at SQL 2014 and Azure integration and want to make sure you will have your data protected whether your it is on-prem or in the cloud?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

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In Closing…

In the interest of time, I’ll point you to some of the great resources available to you.

 

 

And lastly, follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

 

@EMCXtremIO   @EMCProtectData   @bryanjwalsh

 

Looking forward to next year's SQL PASS as well as some upcoming SQL Saturdays as well.

When I attended my first SQL PASS in 2011, I didn't really know what to expect. As I stood there in my blue EMC shirt awaiting any and all questions that my come my way. I was floored by the number of people that walked up and asked "EMC... what do you guys do?".

 

It is a stark contrast to my experience working the booth this morning. There was a constant stream of customers coming by just to say that they replaced existing solutions with EMC and are exceedingly happy with their results. Even more pleasant of a surprise was that customers were talking about different products and features that were implemented. I couldn't have staged better conversations with clients any better than unfolded so organically this morning. There is no better advertising than unsolicited testimonials in front of other PASS attendees.


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When I asked if they have heard about the benefits of newer technologies like XtremIO; the responses were extremely knowledgeable and informed. From customers that have already read it, seen demos, have it on order or even already have it running already; there was an overwhelmingly positive response to how the combination of inline data services like thin provisioning, de-duplication, compression and writable snapshots is transforming their infrastructure.

 

As always though at PASS, the largest bulk of questions at the booth is about data protection. This year's PASS Summit seems to be all Azure all the time and perhaps the most asked about product in the booth this year is Avamar Virtual Edition and it's ability to backup to Azure, replicate backup data to Azure, and protect virtual machines running in Azure! 

 

nterested?  Read more here:

http://protectioncontinuumblog.emc.com/product_and_technology_news/may-even-cloudier-clear-azure-skies-new-avamar-virtua…


Two days down, one more to go....   Stay tuned for a full recap of the PASS Summit coming soon.

Bryan Walsh

XtremPLEX for SQL Server?

Posted by Bryan Walsh Oct 23, 2014

No… I’m not here to announce EMC’s next great product but rather how two existing products can be leveraged together to provide performance and peace of mind. In today’s demanding business environments; high performance and continuous availability are always on the top of mind. This blog post is here to tell you that you don’t need to sacrifice one for the other.

 

One of the most interesting EMC product synergies is XtremIO and VPLEX. This allows customers to realize the performance and local high availability benefits of XtremIO combined with VPLEX’s virtualized storage which provides highly availability for a multisite cluster. System upgrades, software patching and hardware failures can cause host-level or even site-level failures. Leveraging this powerful combination for SQL Server allows for instant failover between datacenters in all of these scenarios.

 

XtremIO is able to handle extremely high I/O through use of its balanced architecture, in-line data reduction, and virtually provisioned storage… eliminating many traditional storage best practices and requirements for complex and time consuming fine tuning.

 

VPLEX Metro is a storage virtualization appliance that sits between the hosts and the back-end arrays. It delivers application and data availability within a data center and over distance with full infrastructure utilization and zero downtime.

 

In a recently posted solution, we look at how to leverage these XtremIO and VPLEX together to provide a high performance solution for SQL Server where a single copy of a database can be shared and accessed in multiple locations over distance. While the solution also shows the high performance achieved by XtremIO, the test objectives were the following:

 

  • How VPLEX Metro, XtremIO and SQL Server cluster provide an efficient solution
  • Demonstrate the minimal impact of any storage, host or site failure
  • Show consistent performance or better in the event of a failover

 

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So, what did we test?

We simulated an active/active OLTP workload on both SQL Server 2012 and 2014 and conducted failover testing with both host (planned and unplanned) and site failure with automatic failover. For this solution a 2 X-Brick cluster was used in conjunction with VPLEX Metro.

 

The configuration was pushed to close to 200,000 IOPS from the SQL Server side and still maintained low latency with multiple concurrent SQL Server database workloads in a VPLEX environment.

 

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What did we find?

  • Disk I/O performance was very similar for SQL Server 2012 and 2014.
  • Fast and simple setup of the environment with little to no storage tuning.
  • Management and monitoring of the environment is simple and straight forward.
  • XtremIO, virtualized by VPLEX, works seamlessly for virtualized SQL Server environments.
  • This solution provides support for even the most demanding transactional workloads.
  • All client activities are kept at the same level during the instant failover process.
  • Sustained performance with minimized disruption in host or site failovers.

 

Remember though, for SQL Server there are multiple benefits with XtremIO beyond just performance. Yes, there is a blog post on some of these additional capabilities. I’m so glad you asked.

As SQL Server continues to introduce new and improved capabilities, companies are increasingly leveraging SQL Server for business critical applications. Microsoft introduced AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AAGs), in SQL Server 2012, which provides an improved level of availability and protection for your databases. AlwaysOn can provide a number of benefits for your environment, including offloading backup I/O to provide more efficient backups. SQL Server 2014's implementation of AAG even includes support for hybrid cloud scenarios. Despite the numerous improvements, software corruption may still replicate to all copies of your data, rendering all copies compromised. A robust data protection solution for SQL Server is required for critical applications.

 

EMC leverages AAGs and the new hybrid cloud capabilities of SQL Server 2014 to provide enhanced data protection. Both EMC Avamar and Networker support protection of SQL Server 2014 in multiple hybrid cloud scenarios:

 

  • On-Premise with Cloud Disaster Recovery (DR) Secondary
  • On-Premise, Remote On-Premise & Cloud DR Secondary
  • Cloud with On-Premise Secondary

 

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Enabling DBAs

Avamar & Networker leverage SQL Server 2014 Hybrid Cloud capabilities and enable the SQL DBA to set the backup policy for the Hybrid cloud. The SQL DBA can set a preference via the backup preferences tab in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), for on-premise SQL DB secondary copies to enable fast and efficient backup of cloud enabled applications.

 

EMC expands backup and recovery for Microsoft SQL Server beyond the data center and into the public cloud. For hybrid cloud deployment scenarios, SQL DBAs can set AlwaysOn backup policies to backup the on-premise active database or an on-premise secondary database.

 

In addition, Data Domain Boost for Enterprise Applications (DD Boost) integrates seamlessly with SQL Server, allowing DBAs to backup data directly to Data Domain. This provides application owners and database administrators complete control of their own backups, using their native utilities, reducing training time and complexity.

 

Data Growth is Exponential

Companies are rethinking their next generation data protection methods as a result of exponential data growth. Traditional solutions are inefficient because they repeatedly backup duplicate files and sub-file data segments that exist across many databases and servers. When combined with traditional daily, incremental, and weekly full backups, the amount of duplicate data is staggering and often leads to decreased performance and increased cost.

 

De-duplication is the key.

 

EMC’s Avamar de-duplicates data right at the SQL Server to reduce the data moved over the network, reduce backup storage used and reduce backup times by 90%. Avamar starts by dividing data into variable-length sub-file segments. It compresses them and applies a unique hash identifier to each one. Then it can determine if that segment has ever been backed up before or whether it‘s unique and needs to be backed up. If the data has been backed up previously, either from this SQL Server, or any other—physical or virtual—then Avamar will not back it up again. Using this process, Avamar routinely reduces data by up to 99 percent before backing it up. This can have a huge impact.

 

In addition to the capabilities of Avamar, Data Domain de-duplication storage systems de-duplicate data inline, so that backup data winds up on the disk already de-duplicated. Data Domain can easily integrate with Avamar through the use of Data Domain Boost software, which combines the simplicity of Avamar with the performance and scale of Data Domain.  DD Boost also empowers applications owners to backup de-duplicated data with the control they desire and eliminates storage silos for application protection within an enterprise environment.

 

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Policy Driven Data Protection

While backup is essential to any data protection strategy, the potential for data loss is so great today, that additional methods are needed. Appsync allows SQL DBAs to directly manage snapshots and replicas to meet their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) without requiring engagement of the storage team. Leveraging AppSync, application administrators and DBAs can spend less time learning new tools and quickly enable policy driven data protection. Through the use of tiered Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), AppSync helps to simplify the conversations between IT and business teams. When an application or SQL Server database is assigned to a service plan, the app owner or DBA can simply check the AppSync dashboard to ensure the SLAs, agreed to, are being met.

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With its simple management console, AppSync allows SQL Server DBAs to take charge of their databases directly, instead of replying on storage administrators or other IT staff.

 

Conclusion

SQL Server data protection has many complexities and challenges. EMC provides a full suite of data protection technology, from backup software, target storage, snapshot capabilities, and replication technologies as well as professional services to provide simple solution for your business and technical challenges. EMC enables DBAs and application owners to control their backup and restores while still leveraging an enterprise backup solution. This allows for optimized de-duplication and yields great results in any environment.

 

Engage with your EMC account team today to discuss how we can provide the right protection strategy for you and your SQL Server environment.

 

EMC Data Protection: https://www.emc.com/data-protection/index.htm?nav=1

By now, everybody knows that flash is the go-to technology for high performance workloads. The marketplace is being flooded with all-flash arrays from established storage companies and startups alike to capitalize on the demand. Each vendor is eager to say “Me, too!” and check off all of the features that everyone would expect from an enterprise storage solution. However, when evaluating the right solution for your SQL environment, it is important to know how effective and efficient these features have been implemented.

Performance

Consistent IOPS and low latency are the keys to predictability of performance in any SQL environment. Not all flash arrays deliver this consistency and in some cases they can perform wildly inconsistently depending on whether data services are turned on or off or if system-level garbage collection kicks on, these are not issues for the X-Brick configuration.

 

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Performance is just the first step; flash-optimized workloads need to leverage this for the new application services for things like real-time analytics, database workload development, test instance consolidation, and in-memory cloning and provisioning at enterprise scale. This is the true goal for all-flash arrays in the simple, agile 3rd platform data center- workload acceleration, workload consolidation, and workload services.

Scale

As a scale-out design, XtremIO reaches higher performance and capacity levels by creating clusters of multiple X-Bricks. These XtremIO clusters outperform all other arrays without compromising availability, data services, or simplicity. Both the aggregate capacity and aggregate performance increase linearly with every additional X-Brick in the cluster. This is accomplished through XtremIO’s powerful combination of:

 

  1. X-Brick building blocks to scale processing and I/O with capacity
  2. RDMA Infiniband fabric combined with in-memory global metadata
  3. XIOS software that ensures inherent software balance and data protection across the cluster.

 

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XtremIO leverages its multi-controller scale-out design and direct memory-to-memory RDMA fabric to maintain all metadata in memory.  This makes it impervious to changes in workload – it doesn’t matter what LUN sizes are used, whether there are random or sequential access patterns, or if there is locality of reference or not. The performance is consistent and predictable all the time.  And best of all, heavy metadata operations like inline deduplication, thin provisioning allocations and internal array copy operations are conducted entirely in memory, at instantaneous speed, without impacting I/O to the SSD portion of the array.

Simplicity

Whether you are leveraging 1,2 or 4 X-Bricks in your cluster, the management of your XtremIO array remains simple and straight forward. Every volume on XtremIO inherently gets the full performance of the array. You no longer have to think about how to map indexes, tables, logs, journals, temporary space, and archives to appropriate RAID levels and spindle counts in order to drive performance. Just create a volume with just a few clicks and put the entire database structure in it.

Single Instance

Another key to unlocking the remaining benefits of XtremIO for your SQL environment lies in the industry’s leading data reduction technology with a combination of deduplication enabled by powerful content addressing and metadata management. XtremIO calculates a unique fingerprint for every data block based on its contents and uniformly distributes data based on its fingerprint value. For duplicate fingerprints, it never writes the data, but replaces duplicate data with pointers to previously written data before it is written to disk.   This content-based data placement not only delivers better performance, better flash endurance, and makes the array easier to use, it has the secondary benefit of telling the array what it needs to know to de-duplicate data inline in the data path at full speed.

Snapshots/Clones

With such effective single instancing in place, we can now make use of the in-memory metadata sharing to create zero-impact copies for use in test/dev or for reporting/analytics.

Test/Dev

The majority of test/dev environments suffer from a limited number of copies due to a lack of capacity or performance. On top of this, the amount of time it takes to copy the data wastes time and causes a performance impact on the production environment. XtremIO changes the dynamic.

 

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With XtremIO, even multiple high-performance databases can be consolidated onto a single array with plenty of performance headroom. And with XtremIO’s instantaneous zero-copy volume cloning feature, multiple copies of a database can be created for development and test purposes without consuming additional space in the array and with the full performance potential of the parent database--all without threatening the production database SLA in any way. This improves application roll-out times since every developer can get a high-performance, personal sandbox of the production database. You can even run analytics on the same storage, eliminating the need for expensive ETL exports. Re-imagine your database and analytics workloads without the old limitations.

Reporting

With XtremIO’s consistent performance and data services, you can consolidate your analytics and do new things. React instantly to change by running interactive reports while OLTP is running. Adopt flexible business practices for reporting against OLTP schema. Now users can avoid extracting data in ETL operations, and instead query the live database.

 

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In Closing…

XtremIO addresses much more than just performance for your SQL Server environment.

 

  • Database consolidation- with unmatched performance, and free space-efficient cloning
  • Storage capacity- with inline data reduction, thin provisioning, and the lowest data protection overhead in the industry
  • OPEX- with the simplest management, deployment, and test/dev agile data management in the industry

 

It’s time to accelerate, simplify, consolidate, and virtualize your database and analytics workloads. It’s time to take control with XtremIO.

To redefine means you have to deliver increased IT agility.  By implementing EMC technologies, customers just like you have redefined their IT environments - experiencing 5X faster deployments and 4X less staff time and driving the overall cost 3X lower.  What’s more – with EMC Converged solutions, the process is repeatable and heavily automated; the Microsoft application availability increased 83X.  EMC solutions include VCE, VBLOCK and VSPEX to deliver tried and tested solutions for Microsoft environments.

 

EMC’s infrastructure products, services, and integration points provide improved productivity, eliminate risk, transform IT and maximizes the customer IT investment for Microsoft applications and SQL Server environments. Businesses are facing new, tougher IT challenges, as their customers and end-users become more demanding.  Business customers running Microsoft applications now require greater access to data on more platforms for more hours of the day. Many businesses struggle to provide the solutions their customers want.  Not to worry…. EMC enables you to satisfy your Microsoft SQL Server requirements through innovative products, services, and support options that work together to create end-to-end solutions.

 

Check back often to learn how you can leverage the latest SQL Server functionality with robust EMC Infrastructure solutions Microsoft SQL Server and Applications Infrastructure Redefined.

 

 

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EMC's SQL Server 2014 Story

The rapid evolution of the SQL Server platform means that customers will be looking to EMC to provide advice on the infrastructure to support SQL Server and the applications that run on top of it.  Here is what’s most likely to impact our conversations around SQL Server:

 

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Self Service SQL Protection for DBAs

EMC's AppSync makes it easy for DBAs to manage protection of SQL Server databases, independent of the storage system. Learn more about how to provide SLA-driven, self service capabilities for maximizing and simplifying data protection and reliability.

 

 

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Why EMC for SQL Server 2012 Video

With explosive data growth for both structured and unstructured data types, customers need real time decision making and business intelligence with high performance and availability protection.  Watch this short video to learn how EMC provides comprehensive solutions to gain the maximum benefits of Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

 

 

 

EMC Solutions for SQL Server 2012

 

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SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups provide the flexibility to protect specific databases, individually or collectively, in either synchronous or asynchronous availability modes. These configurations allow SQL Server 2012 the ability to replicate data to a secondary replica over distance.

 

This solution clearly shows the ability of EMC FAST Cache to significantly boost performance of the VNX Series storage array. Testing shows how enabling FAST Cache on a heavily utilized storage pool not only alleviated pressure, but allowed the same storage pool to service over four times the I/O (from 11,500 IOPS to 50,000 IOPS), while returning incredibly low SQL Server datafile average latencies times of 3 ms and less for reads and writes. The ability of FAST Cache to automatically react to the changes in OLTP workload I/O patterns is an invaluable tool for administrators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability

 

SQL Server 2012 introduces two high availability configurations as part of SQL Server AlwaysOn, which provides availability at either the application database or instance level:

  • AlwaysOn Failover Clustering
  • AlwaysOn Availability Groups

 

Visit this overview page to learn more about Microsoft's new high availability configurations and EMC's support and integration for Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EMC FAST Cache with SQL Server 2012

 

The testing of this solution validated the ability of the VNX5700 storage array to support SQL Server 2012 in instances running OLTP-like workloads that generated over 50,000 IOPS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Success Stories

 

 

brainshark.pngLearn how EMC helps meet the performance needs for Brainshark’s cloud offering based on Microsoft SQL Server.
ha.pngThe world's largest collectibles auctioneer, Heritage Auctions uses EMC to enable dramatic gains in performance and scalability for Big Data using Microsoft SQL Server.
loomis.pngInternational cash handling leader Loomis uses EMC to help manage their rapid growth of mission-critical applications such as Microsoft SQL Server for data mining and Business Intelligence including significantly reducing backup windows.
ht.pngHawaii's leading communications provider brought in EMC Consulting to use Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SIIS) to stream performance data to a SQL Server Analysis Services cube and present the data in a dashboard using Microsoft SharePoint Portal.
crutch.pngEMC helps electronics retailer Crutchfield deploy key Microsoft applications such as Microsoft SQL Server in a Hyper-V based Private Cloud.
      edgenetlogo_footer.pngSoftware provider trust its Big Data business to EMC and Microsoft and manages terabytes of virtualized SQL Server databases.

 

 

Consulting

Overcoming the Barriers to Business Intelligence Success

ESG Research: EMC Consulting Big Data Advisory Service

Consulting Services for Microsoft SQL Server

Full list of Enterprise Information Management Consulting Offerings

 

 

More Information

Follow the Everything Microsoft at EMC Community for up to date discussions, documents and other information!

 

 

EMC World returns The Venetian in Las Vegas from May 6th through the 9th. Come join our Solutions team and meet with the EMC Microsoft Specialists, see demos on how EMC technologies support and enhance Microsoft applications and see many presentations from leading EMC Microsoft experts!

 

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Visit us at the Booth

This year we will be highlighting SharePoint, Exchange and SQL Solutions in out booth. Over the past year we have published a large number of solutions, review our current list of solutions and come prepared with questions for our experts or just stop by and learn how EMC and Microsoft are better together.

 

Exchange and SharePoint Virtualization in a private cloudClick Here
ESI integration with System Center OrchestratorClick Here
Microsoft Exchange Server with EMC xTremSW CacheClick Here
EMC Management Integration for Microsoft Private CloudClick Here
Exchange 2010 with FAST VP overviewClick Here
Exchange 2010 protection with AppSync and VNX snapsClick Here
EMC AppSync OverviewClick Here
VF Cache Solution for SQL Server 2012Click Here
EMC Efficient Remote Blob Storage Solution for SharePointClick Here
EMC Advance Multisite Availability for SQL Server 2012Click Here
EMC Infrastructure for Virtualized Cloud EnvironmentClick Here
EMC DR Solution for Microsoft Applications with RecoverPoint/CEClick Here
EMC Multisite Disaster Recovery for Microsoft SQL Server 2012Click Here

 

Sessions

There is a full calendar of Microsoft related sessions at EMC World, need help finding them all?  Use this list below to build your schedule and hear from EMC engineers, solution specialists and Microsoft experts present on key topics!

 

  • Using EMC Solution Guidelines for Database Consolidation: Highlighting EMC's FAST Suite (Tuesday & Wednesday at 10AM)
  • Optimizing Business Application Performance & Protection with Microsoft Solutions for Microsoft, Oracle, SAP & VMware (Monday 2:30PM  & Wednesday 4:00PM)
  • Automate & Provision VNX Storage with Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Solutions (Tuesday 5:30PM & Thursday 1:00PM)
  • Powering Microsoft Applications (Exchange, SharePoint, SQL) with VNX
  • IT Trends: Microsoft SharePoint, Office, and EMC Documentum - Better Together
  • AppSync: Managing VNX Protection of Critical Microsoft Applications and VMware
  • VMAX & Application Deployment: Best Practices for Virtualized Microsoft Applications
  • Storage Provisioning, Monitoring, & Orchestration of Your Microsoft Applications EMC Storage Integrator for Windows
  • VNX Family Integration with VMware, Microsoft, & Citrix Virtualized Environments
  • Avamar: What's New in 2013
  • EMC VNX: Effectively Monitoring Your VNX System
  • Extending Windows Server 2012 & Hyper-V 3.0 Features to the VNX Family
  • Accelerating SQL and Oracle Database Environments with EMC XtremSW Cache and EMC FAST
  • GPS: EMC Solutions Group Partner Breakout
  • Public Sector: Realize Governance and Compliance in State Government
  • EMC Backup:  Strategies for Backup & Recovery of MS Applications (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Hyper-V)

 

Hands on Labs

Visit the EMC World Hands-On Labs
Want to be first in line to get hands-on time with some of the latest products and solutions from EMC? Maybe your looking to beef up on your technical knowledge using your own dedicated EMC based IT infrastructure? 30 Labs and 200 Seats at EMC World!

Self-Paced Labs For All Levels
All labs are self-paced and provide step by step guides. It doesn’t matter your level of familiarity or expertise with a product or set of technologies.

Behind the Scenes with EMC Experts
There will be product and solutions experts on-hand to answer any questions. Take a look into the real-time performance of the cloud based infrastructure running the labs.

Prizes & Giveaways
Follow the #EMCWORLD Twitter hashtag for updates and details on prizes at the Hands-On Labs!

Partner Summit

 

Are you a partner attending Global Partner Summit and EMC World?  Be sure to join the EMC Solutions Group breakout on Monday, May 6th at 1:30 in the Sands Showroom where the agenda includes presentations from Prasad Rampalli, EVP of EMC Solutions and additional sessions on Microsoft, Oracle, Healthcare and VSPEX solutions!    Be sure to check out the overview in the attached summary file.

 

Be sure to join us in Las Vegas where everyone is a winner!

 

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/01/30/pst-time-to-walk-the-plank.aspx

 

PST Capture helps you search your network to discover and then import .pst files across your environment - all from a straightforward admin-driven tool. PST Capture will help reduce risk while increasing productivity for your users by importing .pst files into Exchange Online or Exchange Server 2010 - directly into users' primary mailboxes or archives.

 

The tool looks pretty straight forward... hopefully this finally gets the ball rolling for some companies with unmanaged PSTs proliferating thought their environments.

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