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5 Top Tips to Maintain the Security of Your Database Environment

The increasing pressure of compliance regulations and security policies makes the deployment of high-level database protection a must-have for any organization. For those looking for ways to advance database security, here are 5 SQL Server best practices to maintain database security and streamline compliance. Read More

With Rise of Big Data, IBM Puts Sharp Focus on Software-Defined Infrastructure

Big data and analytics workloads are placing greater demands on the enterprise, and creating the need for software defined infrastructure, says Bernie Spang, VP, Strategy, software-defined environments in IBM Systems & Technology Group. With the volume of data organizations are dealing with today, there is a need to optimize the compute and storage resources. "We can't do it with the traditional, manual, rigid IT environment of the past," said Spang. Read More

Big Analytics Redefines Enterprise Decision Making

Organizations have been collecting data for years, but never before has there been such urgency to have it immediately available. The business need is pressing—decision makers need up-to-the-minute situational awareness in a volatile global economy. Read More

5 Key Approaches to Ensuring Complete and True Data Center Efficiency

The opportunity and imperative to optimize energy use in the data center industry is at an all-time high. In the modern digital era, data centers are as essential as power plants, a massive and critical infrastructure upon which our social, business, retail, healthcare, and government services are run. Gathering good data streams — metrics that matter to both business and IT — and correlating them through powerful analytics will amplify bottom line results. Here are 5 key ways more efficient power utilization can enable data centers to be more effective and efficient. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Even in a Big Data World, the Data Warehouse is Important Big data tool vendors try to downplay the notion that data warehouses and data marts still need to exist, even in a big data world. Relational DBMSs are painted as "old-fashioned," "yesterday," and "inadequate." They beckon potential customers to take a dip in the refreshing data lake. The fact that big data, in all of its glory, is only part of a larger business intelligence solution is getting lost in the dialog.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Top 10 Steps to Building Useful Database Indexes Designing an appropriate set of indexes can be one of the more troubling aspects of developing efficient relational database applications. Perhaps, the most important thing you can do to assure optimal application performance when accessing data in a relational/SQL database is to create the correct indexes for your tables based on the queries your applications use. Of course, this is easier said than done. With the caveat that appropriate index creation can be complicated, let's look at the top 10 steps to building the right indexes on your tables.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • For #SQLFamily, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The holiday season is right around the corner, a time for cheer and goodwill towards men. That got me thinking about the whole "most wonderful time of the year" tune playing in the background and how that has some special implications for the SQL Server world. Here's a bit of context: I'm writing this article for you in the midst of the biggest gathering of SQL Server professions in any given year, the PASS Summit. One of the most visible activities when attendees get together for the very first time at the registration desk or the assembly hall for the first keynote address is the huge number of hugs, backslapping, fist bumps, high fives, and a variety of other happy and genuine reunions.
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Guy Harrison

Applications Insight

Guy Harrison

  • Social Network Data is the New Oil of Marketing We are now seeing a seismic shift and increase in the significance of social network data for marketing and brand analysis. The next wave of social network exploitation promises to allow companies to narrowly target consumers and leads to predict market trends, and to more actively influence consumer behavior.
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