Among other things, SQL Server 2012 promises improved availability and increased business insight. But are these features and promised benefits really worthwhile for your organization—and is there anything you should really be excited about? To find out, join independent SQL Server experts Stacia Misner and Michael K. Campbell for a frank and informative overview of essential SQL Server 2012 features that will provide your organization with practical benefits.
Sessions (each session runs approximately 75 minutes):
Session 1: An Overview of SQL Server 2012's AlwaysOn Features
Microsoft has gone a bit crazy with naming in SQL Server 2012 by virtue of the fact that two distinct new features are both being called 'AlwaysOn'. Microsoft is to be forgiven, however, since both of these new features provide very powerful and compelling options for addressing High Availability requirements.
To learn more about SQL Server AlwaysOn Failover Clustered Instances (FCI) and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, join Michael K. Campbell for an overview of why these features are needed, how they work, what they can potentially replace, and why they're viable for your High Availability needs.
Session 2: Disaster Recovery Best Practices and SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2012 provides great new disaster recovery and high-availability benefits that promise to shake up the HA/DR landscape. Which, in turn, begs the question: What does SQL Server 2012 mean for best-practices surrounding backups, disaster recovery, and the implementation of high-availability solutions?
Join SQL Server expert Michael K. Campbell for an informative overview of how Indirect Checkpoints, SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and even Partially Contained Databases can help improve RPOs and RTOs while simultaneously addressing long-standing pain-points stemming from disaster recovery and high availability management.
Session 3: An Overview of SQL Server 2012's Power View
Power View is a new data visualization and self-service BI tool that debuts with SQL Server 2012. But why should businesses and end-users care? Aren't there already enough tools available without adding yet another reporting tool?
Join SQL Server BI expert and MVP Stacia Misner for an introduction to the ad hoc reporting capabilities that this product delivers. In this session, we also explore the architecture required to implement Power View and discuss the data preparation processes that enable you to successfully deliver this technology to your user community.
Michael K Campbell is a contributing editor for SQL Server Magazine and a consultant with years of SQL Server DBA and developer experience. He enjoys consulting, development, and creating free videos for www.sqlservervideos.com.
Stacia Misner is a consultant, educator, mentor, and author specializing in business intelligence solutions since 1999 with more than 25 years of experience in information technology. She is the author and co-author of eight books about business intelligence. Her most recent books include Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step and Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2. Stacia provides consulting and custom education services through Data Inspirations (www.datainspirations.com).
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