Category Archives: Editorial

The Cloud is Just a Tool

The cloud is a term that’s full of hype. We hear from various media outlets all the time: the cloud is the answer, the cloud is cheaper, the cloud is the way of the future, the cloud handles your DR, … Continue reading

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Lots of Learning at SQL Bits

This year SQLBits is returning to Telford, UK, on April 5-8, 2017. I’ll be there, presenting on Friday, and enjoying the show the rest of the time. If you haven’t ever been to the event, it’s a fantastic, fun, casual … Continue reading

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Problems With Database Problems

Gitlab had a database problem recently. I’m sure you read about it. There have been commentaries from many people, including Brent Ozar and Mike Walsh. There are many ways to look at this outage and data loss (the extent of … Continue reading

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Moving Through Five Years

I wrote the Five Year Plan in mid 2013. In it, I noted there was a prediction that IT departments wouldn’t exist in 5 years, meaning in mid 2018. That’s a year and a half away. Is that a possibility? … Continue reading

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Why Devops? For Better Security

The ideas of DevOps are a mixture of principles, ideas, recommendations, tools, processes, attitudes, and more. There isn’t any ¬†one way to implement a DevOps process, and plenty of people have been working in what many would consider a DevOps … Continue reading

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Backups Aren’t Backups Until a Restore Is Made

One of the interesting things I saw in the recent GitLab outage and data loss was the fact that none of their backups were available. They use PostgreSQL and I’m not familiar with the ways in which the modern PostgreSQL … Continue reading

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A View of the Cloud

Amazon has been an amazing digital company in the last twenty years. I remember making my first order from them, unsure of whether the online bookstore would work better than browsing locally, or if I’d even get my books. I … Continue reading

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Your Favorite Feature that Needs Work

The SQL Server platform has grown tremendously since I started working with SQL Server v4.2. We’ve had various subsystems added, lots of enhancements, and even new languages. There have also been a few parts of the platform that have been … Continue reading

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The Great and Powerful Internet of Things

Will we have the IoUT (Internet of Useful Things? As some have said, the IoS (Internet of Sh**e) is really what we have because of the poorly built, poorly secured hardware and software devices. It seems that almost every month … Continue reading

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A Wide Variation in Skill

I was helping someone recently clear up some confusion about the encryption structure of their TDE databases. This individual wasn’t sure about how the various keys were used, which ones needed to be backed up, and which keys needed to … Continue reading

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