Flash Memory Update from Fusion-io

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 in SQL Server 2012 | 0 comments

Sumeet Bansal, Principal Solutions Architect at Fusion-io returned to the Silicon Valley SQL Server User Group recently.  It’s exciting to see the ongoing innovations at Fusion-io and the broad range of problems we can solve using Fusion-IO’s ioMemory and associated software.

Fusion-io is the market leader for use of Flash memory for IO-intensive tasks.  The company was founded in 2006 when its founders recognized that spinning disk-era storage could no longer keep up with modern data demands. Since then their capacities have increased, along with improvements to speed and reliability.  They have also broadened their product line to address more use cases – situations where organizations can utilize Fusion-io‘s technology to solve additional problems faced by enterprise IT.

Here are some SQL Server deployment scenarios Sumeet discussed:

  1.  Stand Alone.  This configuration is for maximum acceleration.  This can be used for Mirroring, and also with SQL Server 2012 Always On for High Availability.
  2. Virtual.  In this scenario, you can dramatically improve  the performance of virtual servers by using ioMemory with software from Fusion-io called ioTurbine.
  3. Clustered.  These deployments use optional software called ION Data Accelerator.  This allows the ioMemory to be accessed via Fibre Channel, IB, and iSCSI.  Clustered deployments see large (2X-20X) increases in application performance, and higher IOPS, delivered at a very low cost, all while providing High Availability.

Read More

SQL Server and Business Intelligence Groups Are On A Roll!

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 in Business Intelligence | 0 comments

It’s been a great year so far for the San Francisco and Silicon Valley SQL Server User Groups, as well as the Bay Area Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group!   I want to thank the experts who have delivered valuable information about cutting edge topics in the SQL Server and Microsoft BI worlds.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I hope you’ll be able to join us this fall for more great speakers and topics.BI full name logo for web 2 SQL Server and Business Intelligence Groups Are On A Roll!

Thank you Jan-July 2011 speakers!

Read More

Solid State Drives Are Hot In Houston

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 in Solid State Drive | 0 comments

Sidewalks aren’t the only thing that’s hot in Houston. (There’s a wicked heat wave hitting Texas right now.)  Solid State Drives were the topic at the Houston Area SQL Server User Group (HASSUG) meeting on July 12th. Raul Salas (MCITP) spoke about how adopting SSDs (Fusion-io drives in this case) allowed his company to keep a client’s third party application running way beyond its intended capacity in both TPS and data volume.Texas Solid State Drives Are Hot In Houston

I had a chance to catch up with Nancy Hidy Wilson, the leader of HASSUG, and Tyler Chessman of Microsoft,  who recently started the Houston Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group – soon to become our newest PASS Chapter. I also had a great conversation with Jonathan Gardner of Insource Technology.  Jonathan was a key organizer for Houston’s SQLSaturday #57 in January.

Idera Software, developer of a suite of SQL Server tools, sponsored the meeting. It was good to see Vicky Harp, the lead developer of Idera’s SQL Diagnostic Manager tool. I met Vicky at SQLRally 2011 in Orlando. She’s interested in learning more from DBAs in hopes of adding useful features to their products.

There were some great conversations both before and after the event. Kevin Kline of Quest Software will speak to the group next month. 

I’m headed back to California now. Stay cool Houston! 

 

Read More