In a change of pace, I will be speaking at an Oracle event in February. It is the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group Training Days that goes on from February 11-13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. This is a pretty large event, with a large list of presentations.  I will be doing a hardware presentation, which is actually pretty relevant for SQL Server or for Oracle. Who knows, maybe I can convince some Oracle DBAs to take a look at SQL Server?

Here is my abstract:

Hardware 301: Diving Deeper into Database Hardware
Microsoft made some sweeping changes to their software licensing model for SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, moving from socket-based licensing to core-based licensing. This alters much of the conventional criteria for hardware selection for database servers that will be running SQL Server 2012. This also caused a significant amount of angst in some quarters, with fears of huge increases in SQL Server 2012 licensing costs compared to older versions of the product. This session will cut through the uncertainty and hype to show you how to properly evaluate and choose your database hardware for usage with SQL Server 2012. You will learn how to choose hardware for different types of workloads and how to get the best performance and scalability for the lowest licensing cost.