Anything but the Cowboys . . .

I started working with SQL Server just as version 7 was released and I remember the consultants I worked with were very excited about this new version.  It is almost comical to think about the tooling available at the time–especially around the concepts of security, availability, and performance.  The management studio did not allow you to run queries–you had to open a separate application called query analyzer.  As we begin migrating more customers to SQL Server 2019, I appreciate how far the platform has come and continue to be excited about the future.

To celebrate our 200th episode, we reached out to Bob Ward to come and celebrate this milestone with us. I have to plead the 5th on why it took us 200 episodes to invite him; however, we finally wised up and Bob walks us through some of the changes SQL Server has experienced over the years and what is in store (Spoiler—no big scoops) for the relational engine. We appreciate Bob joining us and look forward to another 200 episodes.

Listen to Learn

00:27     Intro to the guest & topic
05:45     Book Giveaway
07:24     Get your very own SQL Data Partners Podcast t-shirt!
08:10     Intro to the topic
09:57     Mining companies are one reason why the footprint size has changed
12:45     The ability to store data is not the only function
14:09     T-SQL is the major language in all things SQL Server
15:21     Kevin has a law about how data platform technologies evolve
16:39     So many DBAs see a scary future for their jobs
18:25     Bob’s favorite feature of SQL Server 2019
19:29     Fun little story about why you should use Accelerated Database Recovery
21:48     Geek out on the whitepaper about Constant Time Recovery
23:04     Should everyone be using Accelerated Database Recovery?
24:46     Where the Accelerated Database Recovery feature came from
25:49     What’s coming up from Microsoft?
28:16     What customers want and what they don’t want
31:00     Is the two year cycle a good fit for coming out with new versions?
32:57     There something really wrong with you guys
34:39     The full evil master plan…
38:56     Bob has an amazing team full of incredibly smart people
40:11     Just how many people are working on the SQL Server product?
41:46     SQL Family Questions
49:25     Compañero Shout-Outs
50:30     Closing Thoughts & contact information

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Our Guest

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Bob Ward

Bob Ward is a Principal Architect for the Microsoft Azure Data SQL Server team, which owns the development for all SQL Server versions. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 26+ years on every version of SQL Server shipped from OS/2 1.1 to SQL Server 2019 including Azure.

If you’ve heard me speak about SQL ‘19, I don’t call it an engine anymore. Certainly, the engine’s a big part of it; I call it a platform, because it includes Big Data Clusters, PolyBase, machine learning.

Bob Ward

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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