Author: Stephen Wynkoop

Administration Editorials

With Privacy Laws Come New and Different Storage Requirements

It’s a pretty commonplace thing now to be meeting with a client and talking through their requirements, the tossing in the “what about data privacy and ownership – what are your requirements there,” question. It’s not a small thing, and it’s something that has been morphing over time. I think the morphing part comes from uncertainty and fear. Uncertainty because […]

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Cloud Services… and the bill for them. DBA Opportunity?

So much has been written about DBAs, the cloud and the impact cloud-based resources and services have on the role of the DBA. There’s no doubt the impact has been substantial. In many cases, however, it’s been a good thing. The mundane “noise” of managing databases has become a game of options. You have the option to have a fully-managed […]

Administration Editorials Ethics

The Great Hack, The Creepy Line, and Our Job

These are some really intriguing movies (Netflix, etc.) – they’re finally talking about data, data use, data ownership, privacy, customization (sort of) and all sorts of things that have significant implications on our career ethics and responsibilities. When you watch these, they can quickly lead to a rabbit hole of TED talks, blog posts and more. Probably result in some […]

Editorials SQL Server

A New Variable in the RFQ Process – (Recognizable) Brand Names

Some interesting things happening in the process of RFQs and software platform analysis prior to purchase.  More and more we’ve been seeing people inquiring about infrastructure.   It’s not like they didn’t care before, certainly they did.  But now, it’s about two different “levels” of infrastructure.  The first is functionality.  We’ll see a lot of questions about how things are set […]


Environment normalization and challenges

When you start working in the cloud, you end up making choices, of course, for how you want to implement things.  If you look at options for your SQL Server, there are more than a few different ways to approach that type of implementation.  From virtual machines and container-oriented configurations to Software and Platform as a service to fully managed […]

Editorials SQL Server

Who Decides What’s Good Enough for Data?

We are working with a software solution and setting up the SQL Server and general installation configuration for this environment and I stumbled on something that really caught my attention.   They were describing their security (all because SQL Server was involved, not because of their configuration and installation options by the way) and one of the qualifications of their security […]