Author: Stephen Wynkoop

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Is the SP Waiting Game Still a Thing?

Do you still hold a release or update in anticipation of an unknown service pack? I was surprised to hear that some people do indeed still wait to update their systems – they wait for the next service pack after a major release. This was true “way back when” but I’ve not heard of this being a wide-spread approach of […]

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Has The Cloud Changed Your HA Needs?

As more and more high-availability support and more and more dependability in the cloud comes into play, have your HA requirements changed? I realize the easy answe is “Never! We need HA options to do HA right and make sure our real systems are up and available!” (Feel free to quote this in the comments). But more and more often, […]

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Choose Your Weapons

Even one of the comments from yesterday said it – “I don’t know where to start…” – boy, isn’t THAT the truth? Talking about what to learn, what priorities to pay attention to, where to start learning all of it. That’s the problem. The “all of it” part. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to that are […]

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Stay More Secure with Open Source…?

I was reading an article on eWeek (actually a slideshow) that was talking about best practices to apply to secure your database (technically your data). While the usual suspects are there – encryption and access controls and the like (which is great), I was surprised at the recommendation to use open source databases for a more secure environment. The post […]

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Has the Tool Selection Process Changed?

This sort of reminds me of the “I don’t use the GUI, I’m a command line person, or “I use ISQL still, it’s faster and cleaner” or… yeah. I’d have to say that, early on, I did tend to avoid overly complex GUIs and advanced tools where the information about our systems was shown first in a graphical, very pretty, […]

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How Do You Choose Your (Database) Weapons?

There are a huge number of different alternatives when it comes to platforms and tools that you have available to you when laying out your systems. How are YOU choosing? I ask after reading Craig Mullins post to TechTarget, talking about all of the different tools and choices you have when it comes to operational database systems. This was, frankly, […]

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When AI Gets Involved in Security

I think more and more we’ll see some really cool things happening with the integration of machine smarts into the flow of work and operations… There is real leverage to be had by an always-on watchful eye on our systems. Things can start to be detected in process, things like unwanted access, breaches, runaway code, etc. By looking at what […]