Deploying SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters on VMware

Target Audience:

SQL Server 2019 introduces Big Data Clusters, an exciting new feature set for managing big data environments. This session is recommended for anyone interested in learning about building and deploying this environment on-prem.


This session will walk through step-by-step deployment of a SQL Server Big Data Cluster (BDC) on VMware. During this process you will get an overview of the whole new set of tools and technologies that are used to deploy this new flavor of SQL Server. After attending this session you will understand the steps to deploy your very own BDC on VMware, as well as some skills that you may want to add to your toolbelt.

Why I Want to Present This Session:

This session was created as a way to get those coming from a traditional SQL Server on Windows background up and running on SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters. My journey was a bit challenging and hopefully this makes it a bit easier for others.

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Doug Bernhardt

I currently work for Dell EMC as a Storage Engineer focused on SQL Server integration and performance. I have over 24 years of experience working with SQL Server in various roles.

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2 Comments. Leave new

Eugene Meidinger
September 14, 2019 9:12 am

You do a good job of covering the specific content of your session. I think there is some potential for a really great abstract by covering why the audience might be interested in the session to begin with. I suspect very few people are at the stage where they are thinking of implementing BDC in production, so a lot of people are probably attending out of curiosity. This gives you an opportunity to hook that curiosity in your abstract.

Another thing you could include in the abstract is how *hard* it is to install and configure BDC. If it’s hard, tell us so and then say you’ll make it look easy. If it’s easy, tell us it’s surprisingly easy. Either way, we are now more engaged because we know we’ll learn something new.

I hope this session wins because I’m really interested in seeing this technology in practice.


Thank you for your feedback. I’ve updated the abstract to reflect those!


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