Administration Azure SQL Database Editorials Encryption/Data Security SQL Server

Inventory control and your databases….

No, not the “what servers do you have and what do they have on them” variety necessarily.  In a previous life, inventory and point of sale systems were a focus, and one of the great things that we could nearly always point to surrounded that initial inventory of the store location – their stuff on the shelves.  So many times, […]

Azure Editorials

How Do You Select Your Next Database Engine?

There are many choices for your next database project.  Of course it depends somewhat on the types of information you’re working with, and the types of functionality you require.  In addition, up-time requirements will likely come into play. But what if so many of the different access methods you have today were possible and you could pick the engine behind […]


GDPR: Don’t forget the AI

We’ve been working down through different systems and infrastructure and working on the different components to GDPR and having systems support what’s needed there.  While it’s comprehensive in its stated goals (GDPR), it’s also quite broad and loose in defining how to get there from here.  This has led to some interesting meetings and review sessions while people work to […]

Editorials SQL Server

Does Breaking Up a Database Make Scale Out Easier?

There are many different strategies and options for creating scalable solutions for SQL Server.   Whether you’re building out solutions locally or for cloud-based environments (or both) it’s very important to think through the infrastructure requirements you have, and to understand the limitations of where you may (either now or in the future) be hosting that infrastructure. One of these areas […]


IoT – and your systems

I have been looking into best practices for IoT and allowing access (or not) to various databases and systems that we’re using for a couple of projects.  There have been some interesting points that have been made that frankly hadn’t been a consideration before. Today, when you go buy (or provision) that next server, you typically look for a beefy […]

Amazon AWS Amazon RDS Editorials

Did you know there is additional reporting available? (SQL Server RDS)

DBAs are all about transparency – transparency hopefully about what’s going on with the SQL server.  Things like connections and utilization and all of that.  You have many standard tools that monitor and analyze your SQL Server, but you also have access to other tools native to the AWS platform.    It’s surprising the granularity you can drop down into […]


Design is Critical for Your Systems

The (now) age-old question of “are DBAs going away” is something that’s been beaten up here and other places.  One of the first things that usually puts this to rest is the discussion of design.  It’s a little strange to watch the pendulum swing back and forth – disk became really inexpensive and people stopped worrying about storage; servers became […]