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Game-Changing Technologies Fueling the Data-Driven Enterprise

It's been long acknowledged that data is the most precious commodity of the 21st-century business, and that all efforts and resources need to be dedicated to the acquisition and care of this resource. Lately, however, executives have become enamored with the vision of transforming their organizations into "data-driven" enterprises, which move forward into the future on data-supported insights. So, what, exactly, does the ideal "data-driven enterprise" look like? Read More

Enterprise Teams Make Their First Forays Into DevOps

DevOps—the close working alliance between development and operations teams—is catching hold in enterprises dependent on continuously and frequently delivering new versions of software, whether for internal consumption or external services. Read More

DBTA 100 2017 - The Companies That Matter Most in Data

The world of data management is constantly changing. Each year, the DBTA 100 spotlights the companies that are dealing with evolving market demands through innovation in software, services, and hardware. Read More

10 Emerging Companies to Watch in Data Management and Analytics

New and emerging vendors offer fresh ways of dealing with data management and analytics challenges in areas such as data as a service, security as a service, cloud in a box, and data visualization. Here, DBTA looks at the 10 companies whose approaches we think are worth watching. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Partial Foreign Key For everyone normalizing their designs, just remember: There ain't no such thing as a partial foreign key. When a project pretends that partial foreign keys are a valid concept, the end result is a database model that either lies to viewers, or does not give them the necessary information to readily join tables together.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • What is an In-Memory Database System? As every DBA should know, DBMS data is typically persisted using disk storage. So the data is stored on disk and when it is later read or modified it has to be accessed and changed on disk. To optimize these processes, most DBMSes use a cache, or buffer pool, to stage data in memory when it is accessed. By moving the data to memory subsequent accesses to the same data can be more efficient because disk I/O can be bypassed.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • They Did It Again – The Release of SQL Server 2017 Not only has the Microsoft SQL Server engineering team added more and stronger leadership, outstanding individual engineers and staff members, but it is also radically moving its entire development process into a "cloud-first" ethos. Now, I'd like to show one of the most salient results of this new development process-accelerated product releases. It was only a few years ago (and is still the case for other data management platforms) that a major new release takes at least 2, but more likely 3 years. With the "production-ready" release of SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0, we are only 1 year from the last production release.
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Guy Harrison

MongoDB Matters

Guy Harrison

  • Business Intelligence with MongoDB MongoDB has become a favorite among developers in no small part because of its alignment with modern software development practices. Its flexible schemas are compatible with agile software development and the JSON-based document structure is well-matched with modern JavaScript-centric web architectures. However, databases don't exist solely for the convenience of software developers: Data in a database is a critical business asset.
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  • Databases Without Bounds Resources used to be expensive. Resources used to be scarce. Resources used to take a long time to provision. As such, it made sense to put resource consumption at the top of the list when talking about database performance. Those days are gone. With more than 80% of databases running in virtual environments, where hardware is more commoditized every day, access to physical resources—CPU, memory, network, and disk—whenever needed is much easier. In fact, Moore's Law predicts that technology advancements will double every 2 years. Well, most physical resources are certainly on pace with that, or better.
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

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