November 2012 - Posts

Congratulations to Gavin Payne–Microsoft Certified Architect
20 November 12 11:23 AM | Christian | with no comments

Huge congratulations to Gavin who became the 6th person in the WORLD outside Microsoft to qualify as a Microsoft Certified Architect in SQL Server today.Gavin Payne - Architect Extraordinaire

Gavin’s worked so hard for this since the start of the year and all that work culminated in a grilling 4 hour review board during the PASS summit in Seattle less than 2 weeks ago -- he received his official results last night.

To put things into perspective, there are only 25 people on the planet that are qualified to this level in SQL Server; only 6 of those don’t work for Microsoft; and 2 of those work for Coeo.

Coeo is the only partner in the UK to have an MCA in SQL Server, and now we have 2!

Well done Gavin, we’re all very proud of what you’ve achieved!


Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

You can read more about the Certified Architect program on Microsoft’s website here:

PASS Summit book launch and meet the authors - Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals & Troubleshooting
07 November 12 08:44 PM | Christian | with no comments

I’m very pleased to announce that we’ll be officially launching our new book, Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting at the PASS Summit in Seattle tomorrow.

In partnership with our great friends at SQL Sentry we’ll have most of the authors at the SQL Sentry exhibitors stand from 12:30 on 515pDp1dw9L__SS500_Thursday 8th November for a book signing event which will give you a rare opportunity to meet with the authors and contributors, many of which have flown in from around the world.

SQL Sentry also have lots and lots of copies to give away for free so be sure to drop by their stand and ask about it!

If you really can’t wait or run the risk of not getting a copy then the PASS bookstore has a few copies for sale but don’t expect them to be there for long!

You can also order it from your favourite online retailer:

I’ll be writing a follow-up post very soon explaining why I think you should buy this book so look out for it!


Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

Hekaton – SQL Server’s in-memory database engine
07 November 12 03:38 PM | Christian | 1 comment(s)

Microsoft have just gone public at the PASS Summit in Seattle about a new SQL Server engine that they’re working on which is optimized for high-memory servers – an in-memory OLTP database engine which is built-in to SQL Server rather than a separate entity.  This means that you can move just the performance critical parts of your database to Hekaton.

The new engine really pushes the performance boundaries by eliminating as many instructions as possible:

  • Main memory optimized tables which are decoupled from on-disk structures;
  • Everything is lock and latch free;
  • More work is pushed to compile time so your T-SQL code is compiled natively into low-level code.

We’re already working with a customer on an early adoption program so expect to hear from us on what we learn about implementing it!


Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

Showing support for Movember 2012
01 November 12 11:16 AM | Christian | with no comments

01-11-2012 11-09-07Somehow, I managed to miss Movember last year but this year I’m lined-up to grow an outrageous moustache for charity.

Movember is a global movement which aims to raise awareness of men’s health and supports prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.  On the 1st of November hundreds of thousands of men around theClean shaven on Day 1 world will start a journey to grow and groom a moustache for the 30 days of November becoming walking, talking billboards for men’s health.

I’ll also be parading my Mo’s progress in Seattle next week during the SQL PASS Summit so be sure to look out for me and show some support!

If you’d like to give a donation to support this worthy cause you can visit my Mo Space by clicking on the logos where you’ll also find more details about Movember and where the money goes.

Finally, if you’re a Coeo employee, customer, or partner and you’d like to join the Coeo Mo Bro Team drop me an email and I’ll sign you up!

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Thanks for your support!

Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services