17th - 19th July 2014

The International Centre, Telford

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When your boss sends you to a conference, she expects you to learn something useful. Like all of the buzzwords she has to explain to her boss. Make it worth her while (and budget) and bring back the info she craves.
Microsoft Codename "Data Explorer" provides a new way to organize, manage, enrich, share and gain new insights from your data.
Basic outline of SQL Azure: How SQL Azure fits in with other Azure Storage Options. Main differences between SQL Azure and SQL 2008. Brief new design challenges.
With a myriad of options available, choosing the most appropriate storage solution for your company can be challenging. This session will give you a brief introduction to the technologies available, and what to focus on when making the decision.
The SQL Server provides much functionality that increases the scalability and flexibility of your solution by distributing data and jobs among low-priced commodity servers.
All developers and DBAs make mistakes when programming in SQL Server. Learn to avoid the most common mistakes.
SQL Azure is Microsoft’s new strategy for storing your data in the cloud, but what to do when you exceed the 10/50GB limit. This is where sharding or partitioning comes into play – this session shows you how it can be done in an OLTP system and show you some of the common pitfalls of SQL azure as we have discoverd in analyzing SQL Azure as an alternative to onsite SQL Server instances at different clients.
Consolidation of SQL Server infrastructure has become increasingly popular. This is true from both a technological and financial perspective, may it be through virtualization, instance concentration or in building SQL Server hotel environments. This is an in-depth presentation on one of the biggest consolidation projects ever in the Nordic countries based on SQL Server 2008. This presentation will cover both the business aspects as well as the technical reasons behind this project by two of its top resources. In one year the customer went from nearly 200 physical machines hosting over 1100 databases to only 20 servers without using any form of virtualization!
Taking a look at what ADO.NET Data Services does for us in exposing data over a set of RESTful protocols for easy access from any kind of client.
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