Pre-Conference Workshop and Sessions at PASS Summit

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I’m pleased to announce that I will be presenting at this year’s PASS Summit. PASS Data Community Summit 2022 is the year’s largest gathering of data platform professionals in the US. This year I have a pre-conference workshop, a regular session, and a Learning Path session. Let’s dive into each.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Become a Hybrid Architect

My good friend Ben E. Weissman and I will teach a pre-conference workshop called “Become a Hybrid Architect” in this workshop we will cover the foundations needed to design and build a hybrid cloud strategy for your organization.

Here’s a listing of the topics we’re going to cover.

  • SQL 2022 - Overview of new hybrid Features - explore SQL Server 2022’s hybrid data offerings in this demo-heavy section, including Azure SQL Managed Instance Link, S3 Object integration, and Synapse Link.
  • Azure Arc - Overview of the What and Why - dive into the foundations of hybrid cloud in Azure, looking at the architecture and value that Azure Arc brings to your organization.
  • A Kubernetes Primer - learn the foundations of Kubernetes architecture and the value it provides for application deployment
  • Installing and Deploying Applications in Kubernetes - build your first Kubernetes cluster and deploy applications
  • SQL Server on Kubernetes - a hybrid feature? - dive deep into what it takes to run a stateful application in Kubernetes
  • Azure Arc-enabled Data Services - learn how to run Azure Data Services anywhere you have Kubernetes, in any cloud or on-premises, with tons of demos and code samples to highlight how to deploy in any cloud or on-premises.

You’ll walk away with a complete overview of what Microsoft’s hybrid offerings are, how to implement them and how they can benefit you so you can start building a hybrid strategy for your organization today!

Sign up for our workshop here:

Regular Session: The Cloud Never goes Down, Right?

This session is co-presented with my good friend Matt Gordon. In this session, we’ll discuss our from the field experiences on architecting, building, and maintaining data infrastructures in the cloud. There will be lots of stories and real world lessons learned discussed.


You’re an on-premises DBA, and management says it’s time to migrate to the cloud. You want to make sure that you’re architecting things correctly, and you’ve heard that the cloud doesn’t go down. We’ve got you covered. In this session, we’ll look at how to design for high availability and disaster recovery in the cloud and throw out some common misconceptions about cloud surrounding backups, downtime, and service levels. By the end of the session, you’ll be on the right path toward high availability and disaster recovery for common data architectures in the cloud.

Hope to see you at PASS Summit this year!

Sign up for PASS Summit here:

Learning Path Session: Architecting for High Performance SQL Server on Virtual Machines

Learning pathways are a curated, progressive series of sessions to help you master specific learning outcomes. Develop real skills you can implement in your career today.

I have the honor of having a session in the DBA Basics Learning Path helping data professionals get started on the fundamental requirements of a DBA and take a deeper look at some of the technologies that will be essential in your role. My session is Architecting for High Performance SQL Server on Virtual Machines. A significant amount of SQL Server instances run on virtual machines. In this session, you will learn how to build a solid and well-performing foundation for your SQL Server workloads deployed on virtual machines.


Misconfigured architectures at any point in the stack from the storage layer leading up to your SQL Server can be causing you the performance issues you are having. Discover the critical ones you should look for in this deep dive into how to deploy high performance SQL Server workloads on Virtual Machines. We will discuss key architectures and configurations at each layer of the stack from storage, compute, virtual machine, and SQL Server configurations.