I will be travelling to Nashville, TN to speak at SQLSaturday #145 on October 13, 2012. I will be presenting Hardware 301: Diving Deeper into Database Hardware. Here is the abstract:

Making the right hardware selection decisions is extremely important for database scalability. Having properly sized and configured hardware can both increase application performance and reduce capital expenses dramatically. Unfortunately, there are so many different choices and options available when it comes to selecting hardware and storage subsystems, it is very easy to make bad choices based on outmoded conventional wisdom. This session will give you a framework for how to pick the right hardware and storage subsystem for your workload type. You will learn how to evaluate and compare key hardware components, such as processors, chipsets, and memory. You will also learn how to evaluate and compare different types of storage subsystems for different database workload types. This session will give you the knowledge you need to make sure you get the best performance and scalability possible from your hardware budget!

SQL Saturdays are free events that are always a lot of fun. You will get a good mix of speakers, from nationally known, veteran speakers to people who may be speaking at their first event. That is one of the purposes of the SQL Saturday system, to give speaking opportunities to lesser known people in the SQL Server community. Whenever I talk to people at SQL Saturday events, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and getting a lot of value from giving up part of their weekend. None of that would be possible without the event organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and speakers who give their time and effort to make these events possible.

I hope to see a lot of people in Nashville!