October 2020 – Meeting

Session: Deploying SQL Server on Kubernetes

Speaker: Anthony Nocentino (bio)

Are you thinking about running SQL Server in Kubernetes and don’t know where to start…are you wondering what you really need to know? If so, then this is the session for you! When deploying SQL Server In Kubernetes key considerations include data persistency, Pod configuration, resource management, and high availability/disaster recovery scenarios. In this session, we’ll look closely at each of these elements and learn how to run SQL Server in Kubernetes. Learning Objectives: Deploying SQL Server in Kubernetes Allocating Persistent Data Storage and configuring advanced disk topologies SQL Server Specific Pod Configuration Near zero-downtime upgrades High availability and Disaster Recovery Scenarios.

This will be a virtual meeting. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hampton-roads-sql-server-user-group-oct-meeting-online-tickets-124126787563?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTk5OTM1Nzkva2hqZW5zZW5Ac2VudGFyYS5jb20vMA%3D%3D%0A&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend

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September 2020 – Meeting

Session: Data Types Matter

Speaker: Angela Henry (bio)

They’re just numbers, right? A date’s a date. It’s just string data, who cares? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard these phrases. This session will help you understand why choosing the correct data type for your data is so important. It affects data quality, storage and performance. It can even produce incorrect query results.

This will be a virtual meeting. Please register at


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August 2020 – Meeting

Session: Curated Data Platform

Speaker: Kevin Feasel (bio)

The breadth of data platform options available to us today is staggering: between relational, object, graph, and document databases, we have a wide array of data storage and processing options. This talk will guide you through the contemporary data platform space and shed light on the way these technologies integrate and compete with one another. We’ll discuss when to use (and when not to use) Spark, Postgres, Airflow, and Flink, as well as a range of other interesting tools and technologies. By the end of this talk, you may not have MongoDB or Neo4J, but you will know where they might (or might not!) fit in your environment.

This will be a virtual meeting. Please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7526937054034796048

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July 2020 – Meeting

Session: The 4 Types of Machine Learning

Speaker: Frank La Vigne (bio)

AI and Machine Learning are all the rage, but did you know that there are at least four different methodologies for computers to learn? Some mimic the human brain, while others are based on statistical modeling, game theory, and more.

This session will explore the basics of Supervised Learning, Unsupervised Learning, Reinforcement Learning, and Transfer Learning in an approachable way. Find out the whens and why’s to apply which type of learning to solve the problem at hand.

This will be a virtual meeting. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hampton-roads-sql-server-user-group-july-meeting-online-tickets-112843323418

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June 2020 – Meeting

Session: Maintaining the Same Level of utilities in Cloud Deployments

Speaker: Denny Cherry (view bio)

In this session, we will review the differences between deploying Microsoft SQL Server in Microsoft Azure and on-premises from a Security, Reliability, and Scalability perspective.

We’ll review the common mistakes which people make when deploying SQL Server Virtual Machines to Azure, which can lead to security problems, including data breaches.

We’ll review the common performance problems which people encounter, and how to resolve them.

We’ll review the common scalability misunderstandings of Azure and SQL Server Virtual Machines.

This will be a virtual meeting. Please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5136873652604469262

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