Thomas Grohser has spent the majority his more than 24 years as an IT Professional exploring the deeper inner workings of SQL Server and its features while working for entertainment, pharmaceutical and other industries. The main focus of his work is to architect, plan and implement a reliable, highly available, secure and scalable infrastructure for and with the features of SQL Server. This covers all angles from hardware, network, storage systems, operating systems, SQL Server configuration, schema and indexing all the way up to the Data Access Layer of the applications; Currently he works at one of the largest SQL Server installations in the world processing hundreds of millions of transactions daily while moving terabytes of data in a 24x7 environment. In his role as an SQL Server MVP he always makes time to share his findings and the gathered know how with the SQL Server community therefore he started speaking regularly at international conferences in North America, Europe and at local events, works closely with SQLCAT and publishes white papers to make sure everyone interested can access the information.