Gavin Payne is the principal architect for Coeo and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server.  His role is to advise IT leadership on what they should do, help their business leadership understand why and help their technical teams understand how.  Gavin leads organisations through their data platform transformation and modernisation programmes.

Sessions

If you’ve only ever chosen to use Microsoft database products then there’s a chance you might hide a curiosity deep down about the Oracle database platform; or like me a few years ago be told that your next big production system will use it and now’s the time to upskill. This session introduces some key concepts and differences about the Oracle database platform to people like myself who are used to the UI-heavy Windows-based database world and hopefully make you curious enough to want to at least give it a try when you get back home.
Here I share a checklist I created from my experience and theory designed to make sure we’re ready to put our business critical SQL Servers on a virtualised platform and are prepared for the next time we get a database performance issue.
Virtualisation changes the way you need to monitor the performance of a virtualised instance of SQL Server. In this session I will demonstrate a balanced and well-rounded approach to performance monitoring in the virtual world along with best practices to avoid poor virtualised performance.
This session reviews the purpose of NUMA, how it changes the internal behaviours of Windows and SQL Server 2012 and NUMA related performance monitoring.
This session shows how you can use SQL Server 2014’s features to meet your solution’s non-functional requirements and ensure operational success.
This session will compare Microsoft’s options for deploying highly available SQL Server data platforms in mid-2016.