Past Meetup

Birmingham Data Platform - SQL Server Managed Instances & SQL DB

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Matthew Boulton College

Jennens Road · Birmingham

How to find us

Collect your name badge at the college main reception and they'll direct you from there to room MB114

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Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - 12th July 2018, 6.15pm

*** Registration on MeetUp required for venue security ***

SQL Server Managed Instances and SQL DB in Azure - with Neil Hambly

What are Azure SQL Database Managed Instances?
The range of options for storing data in Microsoft Azure keeps growing, the most notable recent addition is the Managed Instance. But what is it, and why is it there? Join John as he walks through what they are
and how you might start using them.

Managed Instances add a new option for running workloads in the cloud. Allowing near parity with a traditional on-premises SQL Server. Including SQL Agent, Cross Database Queries, Service Broker, CDC, and many more. Overcoming many of the challenges to using Azure SQL Databases.

But, what is the reality, how do we make use of it, and are there any gotcha’s that we need to be aware of? This is what we will cover, going beyond the hype and looking at how we can make use of this new technology, working through a full migration including workload analysis, selecting the appropriate migration pathway and then putting it in place.


6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet

6:30pm - 7:30pm SQL Server Managed Instances in Azure - with Neil Hambly - Part 1

7:30pm - 8:00pm Break & Pizza

8:00pm – 9:00pm SQL Server Managed Instances in Azure - with Neil Hambly - Part 2


This session will be held at Matthew Boulton College.

Room: MB114


Matthew Boulton College
Jennens Road
B4 7PS

On site parking is very limited and likely to already be taken by college staff/students. There are several car parks in the area, see Park-O-Pedia for more details:

Other Details

We'll be putting on food for the event, so please do register so we know numbers. If you then can't make it we'd really appreciate it if you'd unregister and/or let us know.

Dress code: relaxed

Event Organiser Contact Details

If you need any further details or have any requests for this or future Data Platform Group events, please contact get in touch.

Alex Whittles
Twitter: @PurpleFrogAlex (
Email: [masked] ([masked])

Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham
Twitter: @MSDataGroupBrum (

Speaker Profiles

Neil Hambly is the Founder/CIO/Consult @ DataMovements Limited (Silver Data Analytics Partner), previous roles @ ABN AMRO, Accenture, ASOS, BBC, Confio Software with 20+ years using SQL Server.
Presented 200+ events, including 50 PASS Summit/24HOP/Rally/SQL Saturday, 20 European events (12 countries), 50 + UK (SQLBits, SQLRelay) Leader of PASS London (UK) & Professional Development VC, Melissa Data MVP (2015)

SQL Cruise Technical Lead, Likes Guinness, Loves Whisky, and Dancing