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DBA as a Commodity

If you’ve been working around the IT industry for a few years then you have probably heard mention of commodity servers. These are machines that run a standardized hardware spec, and are easily interchangeable with others. The price point around the machines is that it is typically cheaper to replace than it is to repair them, […]

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Who Needs a DBA?

I was perusing my RSS Feeds this morning, and came across an article by Steve Jones (b|t) about Changing Times. In this post Steve talks about Microsoft not having any DBAs in their cloud team, and that it is all managed by DevOps folks. This message came from a talk that was given at SQLBits and […]

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You Can’t Meet Your RPO/RTO With AlwaysOn

“That title may have caught your attention. AlwaysOn is the future of HA/DR for SQL Server, and has been since the release of SQL 2012.   AlwaysOn is actually a marketing term which covers Failover Cluster Instances (FCIs) and Availability Groups (AGs). Allan Hirt (@sqlha | blog) is a strong proponent of ensuring that people […]

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In-Memory OLTP – Shiny, But Useful?

SQL 2014 introduces In-Memory OLTP to the product (although I prefer the name Hekaton).  It is a significant leap forward so far as the technology goes, and can lead to significant performance improvements when utilized, but is it going to be a technology for the masses? Maybe eventually, but right now I see limited use […]

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Developing To Specifications

I’m a DBA. As a class of people you will find that DBAs have a tendency to rant a little about developers. I would certainly be someone that you would find in that category. The trouble is that most of the time I don’t think that it is the developers fault, it is just a […]

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SCCM & SQL Server – A DBAs Worst Nightmare

Microsoft put out some great products, no really, they do. There are any number of applications and tools available for you to be able to do pretty much anything. One thing gaining popularity recently is System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) which can be used to provide patch management, software distribution, inventory management, server provisioning and […]

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