August 9, 2017: Containers and Clones for SQL Server Development and Test

1515 SW 5th Ave. Suite 900, Portland, OR
6:00PM – 6:30PM social
6:30PM – 8:30PM meeting

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Paul Stanton

Containers and Clones for SQL Server Development and Test

Microsoft emphasizes the use of containers for development and test on SQL Server 2017, and new solutions from Red Gate and Windocks add support for containers and SQL Server database database cloning, for the full range of the SQL Server family. We’ll explore use of Docker based tooling for delivery of container environments, and their pros and cons. We’ll also look at SQL Server cloning, and how clones enable Dev and Test teams to work on large database environments for containers as well as existing SQL Server instances.

Paul Stanton Paul is a co-founder at Windocks, with over twenty years of experience at Intel and Microsoft, and recently has focused on cross platform solutions for Windows for Cloud Foundry, Red Hat’s OpenShift, and now in an independent port of Docker’s open source for Windows.


Mark Bruce
Data Compression

It’s hard to believe that data compression has been available for 9 years already. While formally only an enterprise edition feature, SQL Server 2016 SP1 has made it available to all editions. In this discussion we will refresh everyone’s memory at a high level of what compression does and how it has the potential to do more with less, reducing hardware resource requirements and therefore money while also enhancing performance in some cases.

Mark started developing applications using Microsoft SQL Server version 6.5 over 21 years ago and has been a database administrator for 15 years. A technology enthusiast, Mark enjoys utilizing his knowledge and experience in application and database development to administer and support reliable and secure database management systems while continually learning and implementing new technologies to increase employee productivity and help businesses gain a competitive advantage. More recently he has enjoyed working on business intelligence projects and is excited about the rapid development cycle of Microsoft Power BI to visualize data in ways that previously required substantial development effort.


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Refreshments graciously provided by Windocks.

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We wish to acknowledge the OSHU Information Technology Group for supporting Oregon SQL by generously providing the meeting venue.


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