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View New Video: SE Awarded Three Separate 2015 “Partner of the Year” Awards at Microsoft’s World

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Scalability Experts (SE) announced that it has been the recipient of three separate “Partner of the Year” awards at this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that was held in Orlando, Florida.  This honor included being named Microsoft’s 2015 “Partner of the Year” Award Winner for Data Platform services, the 2015 HP and Microsoft “Outstanding Frontline Partner” for Private Cloud and Virtualization services and being named by the Microsoft Platform Modernization team as “Top Performer – Data Platform for Competitive Migrations.  View special recognition video of WPC award presentation: http://youtu.be/nzth21IYLp4

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Scalability Experts Announce Go-To-Market Partnership Agreement with Gridstore

Scalability Experts announces partnership with Gridstore.  Gridstore™ is a leader in HyperConverged All-Flash Infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center. Their customers gain a 10X performance improvement over traditional storage as they put all-flash as close to the workload as possible. Customers realize 4X lower TCO by consolidation of three layers of infrastructure into one built on X86 hardware, and 10X less management effort due to less management points and less infrastructure to manage.

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Scalability Experts Wins Second Award at Microsoft’s WPC Event

Scalability Experts Has Won Second Award at Microsoft’s 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference and has been named U.S. Partner of the Year for Private Cloud and Virtualization by the HP & Microsoft Frontline Partnership.

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Scalability Experts Recognized as Winner for 2015 Microsoft Data Platform Partner of the Year Award

Dallas, Texas, United States — June 18th, 2015 — Scalability Experts today announced it has won the 2015 Microsoft Data Platform of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

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Webinar Posted: SQL Server 2014 Overview / Product Review / Key Features

Watch this webinar replay and see an overview / product review of SQL Server 2014 and learn about the most exciting features of SQL Server 2014.  This SQL Server 2014 webinar covers key topics, such as:

  • How Microsoft SQL Server 2014 delivers mission-critical capabilities and breakthrough performance, availability and manageability
  • New in-memory capabilities for OLTP and data warehousing
  • New disaster recovery and backup solutions
  • Unparalleled scalability for customer database application in a physical or virtual environment
  • How companies are lowering TCO and taking advantage of built-in features to reduce third-party tool costs and lower other operational expense
  • How to leverage the latest Business Intelligence and Big Data and Hadoop features at 1/5 the cost of other options

To learn more about SQL Server 2014, or to get customized expert advice on how to leverage the features of SQL Server 2014, or SQL Server 2012 to improve your business contact Scalability Experts today to setup a no-cost 1 hour phone consultation!

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Whitepaper Published: Migrating Oracle on Sun platform to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

We recently published this white paper to provide a comparison of the business and technological advantages of moving from an Oracle SUN platform to a SQL Server 2012 platform.  Please continue reading to learn more about why so many smart companies are moving away from Oracle and Sun and onto SQL Server 2012 and HP Servers. 

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Save your It Budget by Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server 2012

In this webinar replay we discuss the business drivers, benefits and our experience in helping customers move away from high cost and/or underperforming data platforms like Oracle, DB2, and Sybase, and on to SQL Server 2012.  Continue reading to watch the webinar replay, and learn how you can Save your IT Budget by migrating to SQL Server 2012!

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SE Invited to present at the 2013 Minnesota IT Symposium in ST. Paul, MN. Please join us!

Raj Gill, Scalability Experts Founder and CTO will be giving a presentation titled, “Big Data: Your next Strategic Program at the 2013 Minnesota Government Symposium on December 12th at 11:00am. In this presentation Raj will be discussing Big Data Architectural Considerations, industry specific use cases, and how to best leverage the Microsoft Solution for Big Data which includes Parallel Data Warehouse and Hadoop in Azure!  For more specifics please click “continue reading”.

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Upcoming Webinar: Save Your IT Budget by Migrating to SQL Server 2012

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Upcoming live webinar titled, “Save Your IT Budget by Migrating to SQL Server 2012” is now scheduled for December 6th.  In this webinar we will discuss the business drivers, the benefits and our experience in helping customers move away from high cost and/or underperforming data platforms like Oracle, DB2, and Sybase, and standardize on SQL Server 2012. 

Don’t wait, click ‘read more’ to see more details and register to attend!

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Why Upgrade to PDW?

Found a great Microsoft website that explains Parallel Data Warehouse at a high level that I would like to share.

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SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse - A Breakthrough Platform WhitePaper

Recently our BI team stumbled upon this whitepaper titled, “SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse - A Breakthrough Platform WhitePaper” which was written by Barbara Kess and Dan Kogan of Microsoft.  This paper explains PDW’s design, it’s technological and business value. 

Microsoft’s® SQL Server® 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) is a next-generation platform built to run your data analysis fast and to scale storage from a few terabytes to over 6 petabytes in a single appliance. PDW ships to your data center as an appliance with hardware and software pre-installed and pre-configured for maximum performance. With PDW’s Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) design, queries run in minutes instead of hours, and in seconds instead of minutes in comparison to today’s Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) databases. PDW is not only fast and scalable, it is designed with high redundancy and high availability, making it a reliable platform you can trust with your most business critical data.  PDW is designed for simplicity which makes it easy to learn and to manage.  PDW’s PolyBase technology for analyzing Hadoop data, and its deep integration with Business Intelligence tools make it a comprehensive platform for building end-to-end solutions.

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Webinar - The Future of Datacenter Automation: Database-as-a-Service

In this webinar, Scalability Experts System Management And Virtualization Practice Manager, Chris Cadieux discuses the Scalability Experts datacenter automation solution offering called Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS).  Database-as-a-Service enables the same type of public cloud functionality features on Windows Azure, but in an on-premise installation.  There is a full webinar replay if you continue reading…

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Upcoming Webinar:The Future of Datacenter Automation - Database-as-a-Service

The Future of Datacenter Automation is Here!
Come join Scalability Experts Infrastructure Practice Lead and Sr. Architect Chris Cadieux for a Live Webinar and see how Scalability Experts’ is bringing high-performance Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) features to your datacenter including automation, monitoring, and self-service capabilities. The webinar includes live demonstrations of key features.
You will learn how Scalability Experts:

  • Automates high-level tasks such as deploying performance tuned databases and servers (Live Demo)
  • Provides critical business insight into your environment with SE’s Platform Analytics
  • Keeps you in a state of perpetual consolidation and simplifies management of fragmented applications, databases and SQL instances
  • Simplifies the management of hybrid and heterogeneous environments
  • Saves you millions in Total Cost of Ownership!

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Scalability Experts is Awarded “Outstanding Partner for 2013” by HP and Microsoft

Scalability Experts is Awarded “Outstanding Partner for 2013” by HP and Microsoft at Worldwide Partner Conference

Scalability Experts (SE) announced that HP and Microsoft named SE Outstanding Frontline Partner for 2013 in Private Cloud and Virtualization services. This is the second year in a row that Microsoft and HP awarded SE Top Honors.  In 2012, Scalability Experts was awarded Partner of the Year for their services for Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) and Big Data.  Scalability Experts is a Microsoft National Systems Integrator Partner (NSI) with Microsoft Gold Competencies in Data Platform, Business Intelligence and System Management and Virtualization.  SE is a recognized leader and pioneer in providing customers with streamlined services and solutions that combine core strengths in infrastructure, database and business intelligence systems to increase performance, lower costs and make database systems and datacenters highly scalable.

“We are very pleased and excited that the HP/Microsoft Frontline Partnership has recognized Scalability Experts for a second year in a row for our services expertise by naming us Outstanding Frontline Partner of the Year for Private Cloud and Virtualization,” said Raj Gill, Founder and CTO of Scalability Experts. “We have been close partners with both Microsoft and HP for over twelve years and jointly we are focused on bringing customers IT solutions that delivers the highest level of performance, efficiency and business value. Together, through our work in the area of Private Cloud, Systems Management, Automation, and Big Data, we are helping our joint customers benefit from innovation to enable their on-ramp to the cloud become a major competitive advantage that will allow them to prosper and succeed far into the future.”

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How to Survive and Thrive in a Tsunami of Data

Scalability Experts own Raj Gill is hitting the road to show you “How to Survive and Thrive the Data Tsunami”.  These events will discuss how today’s top businesses are leveraging Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Massively Parallel Processing Appliances like SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse, and SE’s own Database-as-a-Service Private Cloud Solution t to beat their competition.  Please continue reading below to learn more about these events!

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Webinar Recording Posted - The High Performance Engine for BigData: Parallel Data Warehouse

This last Friday Andy Isley, Business Intelligence Practice Leader for Scalability presented a webinar titled, “The High Performance Engine for BigData: Parallel Data Warehouse”.  Please click read more to view the webinar replay.

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Configure Month End Backups using Veeam Backup & Replication

Joseph Pipitone MCITP EA and VCP with Scalability Experts writes a quick article on how to trigger a Veeam backup job to run on the 1st of everymonth, regardless of the day of the week.

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SQL Server End of Life

In this post, SQL Server Architect and SQL Server MVP, Rick Heiges talks about the SQL Server Life Cycle.  This information is valuable for making upgrade decisions for your SQL Server Environment.  If you need help upgrading off of SQL Server 2000 or 2005 onto a supported version, please contact Scalability Experts today!

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Scalability Experts wins FLP Partner of The Year Award for Second Year in a Row!

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For the second year in a row SE took home a FLP “Partner of the Year” award from Microsoft and HP!  During WPC last week we attended the award ceremony at the Diamond Club at the Houston Astros ballpark.  Here is the picture that was taken when we officially were presented the award.  It was a great week for Scalability Experts at WPC – Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference.  We took home an award and held a successful conference!  We recieved very positive feedback from our partners regarding our FY14 strategic direction!  Special thanks to everyone on our team that made this possible!

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Webinar - Database-as-a-Service: The Next Step in Data Center Maturity

Are you having difficulty managing fragmented application and database environments with hundreds or even thousands of disparate resources? Wouldn’t you like to be able to provision new database resources in a matter of minutes rather than days by simplifying and automating the management of your IT infrastructure?  If so, you should consider deploying Scalability Experts’ on-premise Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution.  To watch a webinar on this topic please follow the link below:

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Configure Veeam Backup for SQL Item Level Recovery

Scalability Experts’ Joseph Pipitone, VCP, MCITP EA, MCP demonstrates how to configure Veeam Backup and Replication 6.5 with an Application Group, a Virtual Lab, and a SureBackup job for Advanced SQL Item Level Recovery.  He covers the Veeam SQL AIR Wizard for SQL Item Level Recovery from a backup.  In this demo you will learn how to configure every aspect of your Veeam Backup & Replication configuration for seamless and non-intrusive backups and restores within your production environment.

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Upcoming Webinar - Database-as-a-Service: The Next Step in Datacenter Maturity

Register for our Upcoming Webinar - Database-as-a-Service: The Next Step in Datacenter Maturity!

Are you having difficulty managing fragmented application and database environments with hundreds or even thousands of disparate resources? Wouldn’t you like to be able to provision new database resources in a matter of minutes rather than days by simplifying and automating the management of your IT infrastructure?  If so, you should consider deploying Scalability Experts’ on-premise Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution.  Scalability Experts Architect and System Management and Virtualization Practice Manager, Chris Cadieux is holding a webinar for you to learn more!

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Virtual Machine Recovery using Veeam Backup, Replication 6.5 and VMWare vSphere

Joseph Pipitone, VCP, MCITP EA, MCP, with Scalability Experts demonstrates Virtual Machine Recovery using Veeam Backup, Replication 6.5 and VMWare vSphere.  For help building a Disaster Recovery Strategy contact Scalability Experts today!

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Disaster Recovery with Veeam Enterprise Manager

Joe Pipitone, VCP, MCITP EA, MCP, with Scalability Experts covers basic disaster recovery techniques using Veeam Enterprise Manager. Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is a web-based software that enables easy disaster recovery capabilities. This technology may be a good fit for your Disaster Recovery Strategy depending on necessary RPO and RTO objectives. Contact Scalability Experts if you need help designing your own Disaster Recovery Strategy.

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Improving Backup Job Performance when Veeam is Running on a Virtual Machine

Joseph Pipitone, MCITP EA, MCP. with Scalability Experts discusses a good way to boost your backup performance by making a quick and easy change to your Veeam’s transport mode.

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Raw Device Mapping (RDM) with VMware vSphere 5

Joseph Pipitone, MCITP EA, MCP. with Scalability Experts created this video to show how to create Raw Device Mapping (RDM) with VMware vSphere 5. This video covers Qlogic fibre switch zoning techniques, removing a VMFS datastore and replacing it with a Raw Device Mapping on an HP P2000 G3 Modular Smart Array. This RDM will be used for Veeam Backup & Replication storage.  Please click the link below to view the video!

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SSL Offloading using an F5 BigIP LTM (Local Traffic Manager)

Joseph Pipitone, MCITP EA, MCP, with Scalability Experts has prepared a video that details how to perform SSL Offloading using an F5 BigIP LTM (Local Traffic Manager).  Please click the link below to view the video!

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Cisco Doubles Down on Data Centers using Microsoft Technology

Today Cisco released a major press release regarding its investment in Data Center solutions using Microsoft technologies.  Due to Scalability Experts partnership with both Cisco and Microsoft, and our strong reputation for integrating these technologies into highly scalable and agile database environments we are referenced in the press release.  Read the full press release by clicking on the link below.

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Simplify Cloud Management with System Center 2012 - Webinar Recording

Cloud computing is transforming the way enterprises provide and consume IT services with the promise of more productive infrastructure and more predictable applications.  Learn how Microsoft System Center 2012 delivers on this promise by enabling your enterprise to benefit from private, hosted, and public cloud computing while still supporting your unique business needs. It helps simplify management and organizes your IT assets—network, storage, compute—into a hybrid cloud model spanning the private cloud and public cloud services from a single console view.

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Big Data Physics - The Wave Particle Duality of Data

Although Big Data discussions tend to focus on the explosion of social media and documents, one of the challenges facing data scientists and analysts is the huge influx of machine born data; data that originates from a sensor, a GPS device, a wireless event. Storing this amount of data, then processing it in a timely manner isn’t really possible in traditional business intelligence products. One way to understand better what design patterns are needed to architect these kind of systems is to steal a concept from the world of physics – the wave particle duality of light.

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New Editions in SQL Server 2012 video released!

Would like to share a video from our newly released Frontline Insight video series, titled “New Editions in SQL Server 2012”. This is part four of a five part series on that address some of the most frequently asked questions from IT managers when they are looking to improve the performance and scalability of their data platform and IT environment.

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SQL Server 2012 is a Cloud-Ready Data Platform - Video Released!

SQL Server 2012 is a Cloud-Ready Data Platform - Video Released!

Would like to share a video from our newly released Frontline Insight video series, titled “SQL Server 2012 is a Cloud-Ready Data Platform”. Speaking in this video is Chris Cadieux, one of our Architects, and Practice Manager for System Management and Virtualization.  This is the final video of our five part series.  We hope you found all of these videos informative and entertaining.

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HP and Microsoft Recognize Scalability Experts as 2012 “Partner of the Year” for Data Platform Services

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Scalability Experts, Inc. announced that HP and Microsoft named Scalability Experts (SE) the 2012 Partner of the Year for the HP/Microsoft Frontline Partnership. Scalability Experts is a Microsoft NSI Partner with Microsoft Gold Competencies in Data Platform, Business Intelligence and System Management and Virtualization.

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Achieving Mission Critical Confidence with SQL Server 2012 - Video Released

Achieving Mission Critical Confidence with SQL Server 2012 - Video Released

Would like to share a video from our newly released Frontline Insight video series, titled “Achieving Mission Critical Confidence with SQL Server 2012”. This is part two of a five part series on that address some of the most frequently asked questions from IT managers when they are looking to improve the performance and scalability of their data platform and IT environment.

Video #2: Achieving Mission Critical Confidence with SQL Server 2012

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Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012

Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012 - Video Released


Would like to share a video from our newly released Frontline Insight video series, titled “Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012”. This is part three of a five part series on that address some of the most frequently asked questions from IT managers when they are looking to improve the performance and scalability of their data platform and IT environment.

In this video Business Intelligence Architect and Practice Manager Andy Isley comments on his experience of helping customers leverage their Business Intelligence. Specifically by utilizing SQL Server 2012 capabilities to provide self-service Business Intelligence, Rapid Data Exploration, and Ensure consistent data. Andy Isley also comments on significant changes to PowerPivot, PowerView, and Master Data Services.

Video #3: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012

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Achieving High Availability Using SQL Server 2012

Would like to share a video from our newly released Frontline Insight video series, titled “Achieving High Availability with Windows Server Core and SQL Server 2012”.  This is the first of a five part series on that address some of the most frequently asked questions from IT managers when they are looking to improve the performance and scalability of their data platform and IT environment. 

Video #1: Achieving High Availability Using SQL Server 2012

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Rick Heiges on PASS TV!

Although only a handful of our Architect were able to attend the SQL Pass Summit, many of us are watching it live on Pass TV!  Just saw our very own Solution Architect and SQL Server MVP, Rick Heiges being interviewed!

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SQL Server Licensing Twists - Friday Tech Call Recording

SQL Server Licensing Twists - Friday Tech Call Recording

This is a recording from one of Scalability Expert’s, Friday Tech Calls where Rick Heiges, Solutions Architect and SQL MVP provides an internal training on SQL Server Licensing.

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Not Your Grandmother’s Data Warehouse (part 2 posted) - Friday Tech Call

For several years Scalability Experts has held an internal Tech Call every Friday. These calls give our consultants the opportunity to share ideas, and hear our IT leaders discuss specific topics and features relevant to our core areas of expertise: Data Platform, Business Intelligence & System Management and Virtualization. Moving forward we will be sharing many of these recordings as a free training service.

Today I am sharing a part two of a presentation titled “Not your Grandmother’s Data Warehouse” given by Doug Brendle, Sr. Architect with Scalability Experts.

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Competitive Advantage Through BI Capabilities Webinar Recording

Competitive Advantage Through BI Capabilities

This is a full webinar recording titled, “Creating a Competitive Advantage Through Your BI Capabilities”.  It is presented by Andy Isley, Business Intelligence Practice Manager and Senior Architect with Scalability Experts.  In this webinar he discusses the MS BI (Business Intelligence) Stack, and how it can empower business.

This also includes discussion about PDW Query speed, and a short powerview demo.  The Powerview demo and PDW query speed sections can be found broken out into shorter videos on the Scalability Experts Channel page if you are short on time.

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Upgrading SSIS Packages from SQL Server 2005/2008 to SQL Server 2012

Upgrading SSIS Packages from SQL Server 2005/2008 to SQL Server 2012

This is a recording from one of Scalability Expert’s, Friday Tech Calls where Rohit Sharma, Architect provides an internal training on upgrading SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 packages to SQL Server 2012.  He shows what modifications are necessary to run the SSIS packages, how to deploy the SSIS packages, and where you can view the deployed packages.  He also discusses and demo’s SSIS 2012 Migration Wizards, and SSDT, SQL Server Discovery Tool.  If you would like to skip straight to the demonstration, it begins at 9:20.

The original presentation is part of a weekly internal training program at Scalability Experts. We are now recording and distributing these presentations here on YouTube for public benefit as a training video for SQL Server Professionals.

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Server Selection Guidelines for Limiting the Scope of a Consolidation Assessment

Server Selection Guidelines for Limiting the Scope of a Consolidation Assessment

The following are guidelines for selecting SQL Servers to be part of a limited scope for a Consolidation Assessment.  First, if there is a “natural” grouping of servers within a business unit for example, this makes a lot of sense because the artificial boundaries are not imposed.  If this is not the case, a decision needs to be made on which servers to include in the scope.

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Fast Track Reference Architecture Recording - Friday Tech Call

Fast Track Reference Architecture Recording - Friday Tech Call

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Cisco UCS Overview and Demo - Friday Tech Call Recording

Cisco UCS Overview and Demo - Friday Tech Call Recording


For several years Scalability Experts has held an internal Tech Call every Friday.  These calls give our consultants the opportunity to share ideas, and hear our IT leaders discuss specific topics and features relevant to our core areas of expertise: Data Platform, Business Intelligence & System Management and Virtualization.  Moving forward we will be sharing many of these recordings as a free training service.

Today I am sharing a presentation and demo of Cisco UCS given by Chris Cadieux, Sr. Architect and Practice Manager with Scalability Experts.  It is focused on UCS’s unique features, and specifically how it affects a SQL Server environment from a consolidation, virtualization and cloud building stand point.

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SQL Server 2012 Super Sessions - Irvine & San Francisco - Sept 11th & 13th

SQL Server 2012 Super Sessions - Irvine & San Francisco - Sept 11th & 13th—SQL Server 2012 Super Sessions are half day training events for SQL Server professionals that are considering making the upgrade to SQL 2012!  We have two coming up in two weeks on the west coast.  Dates, Locations and registration information can be found below!

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Data Quality Services Feature - Friday Tech Call Recording

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For several years Scalability Experts has held an internal Tech Call every Friday.  These calls give our consultants the opportunity to share ideas, and hear our IT leaders discuss specific topics and features relevant to our core areas of expertise: Data Platform, Business Intelligence & System Management and Virtualization.  Moving forward we will be sharing many of these recordings as a free training service.

Today I am sharing a presentation and demo of the new Data Quality Services feature in Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  It is presented by Anand Bhandari, one of our Solutions Architects.  He not only explains what Data Quality Services is, but also discusses configuring, managing, and troubleshooting Data Quality Services.

If you would like to skip the power point presentation, and go straight to the Data Quality Services demo you can skip straight to the demonstration.  It starts at 18:40.

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Private Cloud Reference Architecture

Private Cloud Reference Architecture

Recently, Microsoft released a new and improved Fast Track Reference Architecture for the Private Cloud.  Why is this important?  As technology changes, often best practices and guidance does as well.  With the impending release of Windows Server 2012 and the capabilities baked into the product, this new reference architecture can help customers take advantage of the private cloud.  One of the best things about a reference architecture is that it is a reference.  Microsoft took a lot of time to document guidance and best practices, but they did not call out specific hardware.  That is understandable because Microsoft has partnerships with many manufacturers.

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ArcCos/Acos in PDW (workaround)

ArcCos/Acos in PDW (workaround)

Should you find the need to use ArcCos/Acos in PDW, you will find that the function is not currently supported.  A work around will be to use the following formula:

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Office 2013 - New Features and How they relate to MS Business Intelligence!

Office 2013 - New Features and How they relate to MS Business Intelligence!

Office 2013 was released to customer preview on July 17th.  Over the next few weeks, I will high light the new features and provide a deeper look into each one as they relate to MS BI.  Top Features to take notice of include:

Excel

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Welcome! to the Scalability Experts Official Blog Site

Welcome to Scalability Experts Blog
Thank you for coming to visit the Scalability Expert’s Blog.

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Scalability Experts and Microsoft Announce a New and Optimized SQL Server 2012 Database Upgrade Tool for Application Compatibility Testing

Scalability Experts and Microsoft Announce a New and Optimized SQL Server 2012 Database Upgrade Tool for Application Compatibility Testing

posted on December 14, 2011

Free Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server 2012 (UAFS) is now available for download

Scalability Experts, Inc. has introduced a new Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server™ 2012 tool that was developed with Microsoft. This free tool is now available for download from the Scalability Experts Website and is a new addition to the family of upgrade assistant products that also covers SQL 2005 and SQL 2008. The UAFS tool helps automate application compatibility testing to detect potential issues that may impact a database upgrade from SQL 2005 or SQL 2008 to SQL Server 2012 and verifies that queries from a SQL Server application will produce the same results when the database is upgraded. The new SQL Server 2012 Upgrade Assistant comes in a 32-bit and 64-bit version. The new UAFS can be downloaded at SQL Upgrade. This version of the UAFS tool uses the SQL Server 2012 Distributed Replay Manager to improve replay accuracy and throughput and also uses SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services to provide a more readable and useable display of the differences found.

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