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Here is the schedule for the Partner Theatre that will be located at the back of the Expo Hall. These presentations will take place on Tuesday November 9. Seating will be limited so please make your way to the theatre early.

11:00 - 11:45am

 NAND Flash as a New Memory Tier

Speaker: Sumeet Bansal

Abstract: Many solid-state disk (SSD) companies have entered the marketplace in recent years. Most of these companies architect NAND into existing hard disk form factors, minimizing the inherent value of flash memory.
Others implement a cut-through design that eliminates the need for legacy storage architecture, connecting flash directly to the system bus, similar to RAM. With these technologies, enterprise organizations can develop balanced systems that utilize the completely new tier of flash-based memory.

12:00 - 12:45pm
"How to Monitor your SQL Servers"

Speakers: Brad McGehee and Ben Rees

Abstract: In this session, Brad McGehee, Red Gate’s Director of DBA Education, will explain what items the proactive DBA should have on his/her monitoring checklist.

You’ll also be able to see Red Gate’s new SQL Monitor 2.0.  Features that will be demonstrated by Product Manager Ben Rees include SQL Monitor’s intuitive overviews, mobile monitoring, alerting, reporting and how to go back in time to identify the source of a problem. 

1:00 - 1:45pm
 "The Fast Track to Solving Big Data"

Speaker: James Rowland-Jones, Advisory Practice Consultant

Abstract: Join EMC Consulting as we take a look under the covers of Microsoft's offerings for solving the "Big Data" question - Fast Track and PDW. Understand the architectures, where they differ, what you'll need to consider and how they will change your thinking on data warehouse delivery. We will also share with you our results from implementing PDW in the field. Interested? If you have a large data warehouse that's seen better days or perhaps you are about to embark on a new warehousing project then you should be! Get on the fast track and solve your big data challenge.

2:00 - 2:45pm
 "Advanced SQL Memory Management techniques and case study: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse"

Speaker: Maurice De Vidts, SQL Server Application Solutions Engineer

Abstract: Properly tuning NUMA capable 64-bit SQL Server architectures requires advanced knowledge of SQL Server internal memory structures and settings.  In this session we identify the key memory tuning areas that can typically have a limiting impact on enterprise scale system performance if system defaults are used.  Then we will take a closer look at identifying their applicability within a Parallel Data Warehouse deployment.  

The session also includes details regarding NUMA, Memory page locking, Address Windowing Extensions (AWE), backup memory buffers and creative multi-instance consolidation considerations.

3:00 - 3:45pm
 "Mission Critical SQL Availability Choices: Machine Check & Fault Tolerance by NEC"

Speaker: Mike Mitsch, General Manager, IT Platform Group, NEC Corporation of America

Abstract: This presentation will explore strategies and techniques to achieve continuous availability for unplanned outage running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 on Intel x7500 and x5600 Series systems.  The presentation will also include availability considerations for running SQL Server/Hyper-V on Fault Tolerant Systems.

6:00 - 6:45pm
 "Dell Powered Microsoft Fast Track BI Aappliances"

Abstract: A data warehouse is the central component in a business intelligence solution that stores large quantities of data and information. As data continues to grow at a fast pace, optimizing data retrieval is crucial for organizations to maintain service-level agreements (SLAs). Microsoft Fast Track for SQL Server Data Warehouse provides a framework that enables customers to select a reference architecture that has been designed with those principles in mind that best fit their needs, the amount of data and their performance requirements.

Utilizing a building block approach, a Microsoft Fast Track solution offers a cost-effective and proven platform that has been tested and optimized to offer customers faster time to deploy and configure a data warehouse infrastructure.  The goal of the Microsoft Fast Track program is to define a methodology for building a balanced and optimized hardware and software configuration specifically for Microsoft® SQL Server® Data Warehouse deployments.

This presentation describes the hardware components to implement a Dell Microsoft® Fast Track Data Warehouse utilizing the Dell™ PowerEdge™ Servers and Dell/EMC AX4-5 Storage. 

7:00 - 7:45pm

 "Cure SQL Server performance headaches with NEW Idera SQL doctor"

Speaker: Jeremy Gaige, Idera Sales Engineer

Abstract: Tired of spending hours troubleshooting SQL Server performance issues?  Come see a live demo of new Idera SQL doctor, a revolutionary tool for SQL Server performance tuning.  SQL doctor analyzes the performance of SQL Server and provides instant, prioritized recommendations to help you improve performance.  SQL doctor targets some of the most common areas of SQL Server performance problems, such as queries, server configuration, security, database objects, memory and much more.  In a matter of minutes, SQL doctor can uncover performance issues that would otherwise take hours, days or weeks to find.  Come see how this product can save you time, headaches and money!

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