Nigel Ellis

Nigel Ellis is a Distinguished Engineer in the Database Systems Group at Microsoft.   He leads development for Azure SQL Database and SQL Server relational database technologies.  His passion extends to all things data and ensuring the delivery of trustworthy, highly reliable data storage systems.  Nigel joined Microsoft in 1993 where he initially focused on desktop database software and later moved to work on the SQL Server 6.5 development team.   He has worked on all aspects of SQL Server development and was one of the founding members of the Azure SQL Database project.   Nigel enjoys being hands-on in all details of the product and service lifecycle.  He is passionate about problems most people would rather avoid and has found his match in the Services space.   
A native of the United Kingdom, Nigel obtained his degree in Computer Science at University College, Durham in England.   Outside of work, Nigel enjoys travelling with his wife Lynn, mountain biking, backcountry hiking and eating smoking hot Thai or Indian food.