I am a SQL Server architect and consultant with experience working with some of the largest and most innovative SQL deployments in the world, specializing in deep internal knowledge of SQL Server, core fundamentals of infrastructure, business high availability, disaster recovery, performance tuning & optimisation, best practice, supportability, VLDB, SSRS, SSIS, BI, development, virtualisation, modernization and consolidation.
I have worked with SQL Server versions 6.5, 7, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2014, Azure
I spent most of my career working for Microsoft with their key premier customers supplying support and consultancy. These customers were across many sectors; however my specialty was within the financial services sector. I was also a Microsoft certified Workshop Plus trainer where I conducted deep level 300- 400 knowledge transfer sessions.
Most of my work now involves modernization and consolidation projects with a focus on ROI, TCO and the value that SQL Server can bring to not just an IT department but to the business as a whole
I was a key part of a team that planned and delivered a solution that was awarded with 2012 Worldwide Data Platform Partner of the Year – Finalist, & 2012 UK Partner of the Year – Finalist.
I architected and built a SQL Server 2012 (AlwaysOn) private cloud/ consolidation solution that was awarded with the ‘2013 Worldwide Data Platform Partner of the Year- Finalist’.
I still work very closely with Microsoft as one of their key Gold Data Platform Partners where we were chosen to launch SQL Server 2012.
Dan Stillwell has submitted 3 sessions for SQLBits XIV, although the agenda hasn't been chosen yet. See all submitted sessions
Consolidation is a hot topic, but how do you overcome the business and technical obstacles?
How long does a SQL Server failover cluster instance take to install? 3 hours, ½ day. It depends on alignments that need to be made to industry and your company best practise or policy. There are ways that we can all utilise unattended installs in a
Multi Site Tier 1 HA solution: 5 parts (1 Windows Cluster, 2 lots of cluster storage, 3 SQL FCI’s & 4 AG’s)