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SQLSaturday Pensacola 2019 – Interview with Azure Data Platform trainer John Morehouse


Last week we talked with this year’s SQLSaturday Pensacola special guest trainer, Angela Henry, learning more about her and the deep dive session she is doing Friday, June 28th on Zero to Dashboard. This week we had the opportunity to talk with our Thursday, June 27th guest expert John Morehouse, and about his training session “Managing and Architecting Azure Data Platform”.  Let’s learn more about John and what you can expect if attend his deep dive training…

How long have you been working with the Azure Data Platform, and how did you get started with it? So, really, I’ve only been really working with it for a couple of years now.  Prior to joining Denny Cherry & Associates I toyed around with some of the technology but didn’t get really immersed until joining Denny outfit.  The cloud is the wave of the future and in looking at the cloud providers, I don’t see any slow down in advancements any time soon.  DBAs need to get onboard with this concept and start to understand how the cloud can benefit their current organizations.

What do you feel are the top 5 most exciting features to come out with the Azure Data Platform over the past couple of years? This is a great question and Azure is a very large and wide platform so it’s difficult to pinpoint just 5 of them!  Microsoft continuously improving the landscape as well so that’s another complexity.  However, here are my top 5 (in no particular order)

  1. New generations of virtual machines that allow organizations to pick VM sizes more specific to a given workload
  2. VNet peering – which got us around having to standup gateways to having virtual networks to talk to each other
  3. Azure SQL DB geo-replication.  This allows organizations to quickly and easily geo-replicate their data to another region.
  4. Azure Automation – this helps to facilitate an organization to move to the cloud to allow for automation processes against their data
  5. Scalability – I absolutely love the fact that I can scale my compute levels for both Azure SQL DB and Azure virtual machines with only a few clicks

The training you are doing for us on June 27th, Managing and Architecting Azure Data Platform, what do you hope attendees gain from it? One of the struggles I had coming into cloud technology is having a basic understanding of the infrastructure under the hood.  Yes, you can easily stand up services or virtual machines but understanding how that plays with your current ecosystem and architecting it for the future can be daunting.  I’m hoping the attendees walk away with a better understanding of how Azure really functions at a core level.  Attendees will be able to take this information back to their shops and be confident they are walking into the cloud fully informed.

Are there any pre-requisites the attendees should know of?  Very little.  We’ll spend a good chunk of the day talking about the Azure infrastructure and what makes it tick.  Probably an understanding of basic hardware and/or networking would be helpful. The training is flexible so we can go off down tangents as desired to ensure the attendees get the most out of the training. 

What are some things you like to do for fun when you aren’t on the road presenting and volunteering for user groups and SQLSaturday events?  I have two young sons, ages 8 & 6, so I spend quite a bit of time with them.  I enjoy reading fiction novels and trying to keep up with the latest technology advancements.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. I was a volunteer fire fighter/EMT for about 9 years when I lived in Nebraska.  I was also a bouncer at some point in time.

When you meet John, you’ll have no problem imagining him as a fire fighter or bouncer!

Learn more about Managing and Architecting Azure Data Platform and to register for John’s full day of training visit here.

Spots are limited and filling up fast. Don’t delay!

Don’t forget to also register for our main event, SQLSaturday Pensacola, a free day of Microsoft Data Platform training.

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