Azure Virtual Servers

Hello companeros! Episode 36’s stop on the SQL Trail is with Luis Vargas. He’s a Microsoft Program Manager who currently oversees SQL Server Virtual Servers in Azure. You have questions and Luis answers them. In this episode of SQL Data Partners, he and I discuss everything related to virtual machines in Azure.

In this episode we discuss when to use virtual machines in Azure, the difference between Azure SQL Server and Azure VMs running SQL Server.  We also discuss the changes in Azure adoption across industries.

Our Guest

Luis Vargas

Luis Carlos Vargas Herring is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. His current job? To make Azure “the best platform to host a database in the world.” He previously worked to improve SQL Server High Availability and distributed systems. He regularly speaks on SQL Server topics at Microsoft Ignite and the SQL Summit.

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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