SolarWinds | The Power to Manage IT
So you’ve been running an on-premises SQL Server® for a while now. Maybe you’ve moved it from bare metal to a VM, and have seen some positive benefits. Ready to see a TON more benefits? If you said “YES!”, then this is the session for you, as James Serra will go over the many benefits that can be gained by moving your on-prem SQL Server to an Azure® VM (IaaS).
Then he’ll really blow your mind by showing you even more benefits by moving to an Azure SQL Database (PaaS/DBaaS). And for those of you with a large data warehouse, he’ll also go over the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Along the way he’ll talk about the many hybrid approaches, so you can gradually move to the cloud. If you are interested in cost savings, additional features, ease of use, quick scaling, improved reliability, and ending the days of upgrading hardware, this is the session for you!
James Serra
James Serra
James Serra is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data and advanced analytics, including solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational and non-relational data, Hadoop, MPP, IoT, Data Lake, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience. He started his career as a software developer, then was a DBA for 12 years, and for the last seven years he has been working extensively with business intelligence and data warehousing using numerous Microsoft technologies and tools. He has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning have helped him to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. He is a popular blogger and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He has earned the MSCE: SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence, MSCE: SQL Server 2012 Data Platform, MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Developer, MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Database Administrator, and MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Database Developer, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. More info is at
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