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Planning that next platform upgrade or migration

Completing a migration, whether it’s for version-to-version migration or for platform updates or even moving to a cloud-based solution from an on-premises solution, is a major project.  Even a sideways version swap, accompanied by a platform change can mean all sorts of things in terms of settings, features, capabilities that may have to be modified, for sure have to be […]

Administration Amazon AWS Amazon RDS Azure Azure SQL Database Editorials

Love/Hate Relationship with Unstructured Data

No doubt you’ve seen, and perhaps been working with unstructured solutions out there – DynamoDB, Azure Table Storage, and there are many other options as well.  It’s pretty cool that you can define key/value pairs and just start dumping information into the system, really without regard to structure and columns and many of the things that have traditionally made up […]

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Multi-Platform Development – a Pro or Con?

In working with different companies to try to define how they’ll best move forward with their data requirements, it’s increasingly obvious that multi-platform, where you have multiple database systems on tap to provide support for requirements, is an ideal solution.  By embracing the platform-agnostic approach, and looking at the requirements and using those to determine what options to consider, you […]

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I Don’t Need Backups – The Cloud Doesn’t Break!

Yes.  I’ve actually heard that several times lately.  We’ve been talking about recovery plans, backups, the “oh boy, Steve’s preaching test your backups again” documentation and so-on.  As we’re talking through the things they need to test and have experience with and document, they get this shifting-around, anxious to move on attitude. “But it’s the cloud.  It’s not like it’s […]