Information Management News


The Great Cloud Security Debate at Data Summit 2017

As many organizations begin to look to the cloud to increase the efficiency and availability of their databases and applications while reducing costs and complexity, one of the reasons for pause is concern about security. This year at Data Summit 2017, Michael Corey, director, cloud computing evangelist, Spectrum Enterprise Navisite, and Don Sullivan, product line marketing manager for Business Critical Applications, VMware, engaged in an entertaining conversation on the topic of cloud security. Read More

Architecting the Modern Enterprise with Technology, Processes, and People

Data management is going through a paradigm shift—again, said Joe Caserta, president of Caserta Concepts, who delivered a keynote titled, "Architecting Data for the Modern Enterprise," at Data Summit 2017 in NYC. Read More

Getting Up to Speed on Data Protection at Data Summit 2017

Against the backdrop of WannaCry ransomware attacks targeting mission-critical computer systems globally, Data Summit 2017 introduced the Data Security Forum, a track dedicated to cybersecurity. Every day, thousands of entities have their computer networks breached, their systems hacked and their data stolen, degraded or destroyed, noted Robert Pearl, president, Pearl Knowledge Solutions, who offered a presentation on emerging cyber threats as part of the program. Read More

Using Data Socialization to Revolutionize Self-Service Data Preparation and Analytics

Self-service analytics has many benefits but it has also upended the data landscape. Socialization is the key to revolutionizing self-service data preparation and the analytics experience. At Data Summit 2017, Jon Pilkington, chief product officer at Datawatch, will discuss how this transformative capability integrates with traditional self-service data preparation to provide a better analytics experience. Data Summit 2017 takes place May 16-17 at the New York Hilton Midtown, with pre-conference workshops on May 15. Read More



Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • In Designing Databases, Normal Expected Use Plays a Part Choices are pervasive when designing a database. The data modeler must progress through a series of issues: What ideas are important? Which objects stand out? Which concepts can take a back seat? Adding to all those decisions comes understanding the target structures one is shooting at. A normalized design may lean one way, while a dimensional design may lean another.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Database Performance Advice for DBAs As DBAs, we can get mired in the depths of performance tuning parameters and scripts, sometimes getting lost in all the details. It is a good idea to always have a set of goals and philosophies that you can lean on to keep you focused and working on the appropriate things. That is what I want to talk about in this month's DBA Corner column. Some high-level rules of thumb for achieving your DBMS-related performance goals and maintaining your sanity.
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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

  • No Need to Feel Insecure with MongoDB MongoDB faced its worst-ever public relations challenge earlier this year when a spate of ransomware attacks plagued tens of thousands of Mongo instances. It's important to realize that we are not talking about some sort of obscure vulnerability here - these MongoDB databases were configured with NO passwords at all, and were easily found listening on the default port (27017) on publicly-accessible servers.
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  • Emerging Trends in Cloud Databases: DBaaS Many IT organizations are looking to the cloud to move, create, or extend existing database infrastructure. Perhaps yours is one of them. Yes, the world of the database professional is shifting, this we know. The real questions are how is it shifting, and what can you, as a DBA, do to be successful in this new world?
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

Trends and Applications