SQL Data Warehousing with Fast Track

Put simply, Fast Track is a program launched by Microsoft that targets Data Warehousing workloads with a goal of achieving incredible performance with low-cost hardware.

These prescriptive configurations include a blend of resources and best practices that really leverage the latest features in SQL 2008 Enterprise:

  • CPU/Processors
  • Memory
  • Networking
  • Storage

EMC has helped to build out solutions that leverage the CLARiiON AX4 series.  You can read more details here.

EMC Consulting also does a great deal of work with Fast Track and advising clients on how to optimize their data warehouses.  See this excellent presentation from EMC’s James Rowland-Jones.  Just look out for Slide 14.

I’d love to see him do this live and the slides are clearly written with enough space to allow his personality to shine through.

Guess what?

You can see him speak at SQL Bits (Sept 30 – Oct 2) at York University in the UK.

James has also written books about SQL, and has also decoded the magic -E SQL startup parameter for serious SQL gurus.


One thought on “SQL Data Warehousing with Fast Track

  1. Ryan Gettinger


    This is completely unrelated to this post, but I wanted to know if there was a way my company (an EMC enterprise customer) could get you assigned to help with our new CX4-960 setup specifically for Hyper-V? Do you have a way I can contact you directly e-mail or other means with some of our setup questions if you are not able to be assigned to our EMC engagement?

    You can contact me through email with your response.



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