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Cloud Steps Up as a Data Storage Platform

Storage requirements are growing by leaps and bounds, and more organizations are turning to cloud computing to manage the load. However, cloud isn't necessarily seen as the best approach to data storage bursting—rather, it's mainly being used for backup and for hosting development and test environments, according to a new survey. Read More

Data Analysis Stalls When Companies Can't Find Critical Datasets

The business world continues to shortchange a critical step between storing and analyzing the explosion of new data expected over the coming years. A business can quickly move from the old world of siloed, unusable data to a new one where stakeholders around the globe can find information in a few minutes from their local access points. The "findability" of data is particularly important for Global 1000 companies pursuing Industrial Internet-related innovation. Read More

Essential Tips on SQL Server Database Performance

As data continues to explode, DBAs must constantly stay a step ahead by finding new ways to improve database efficiency and performance. Managing data in today's complex IT environment requires creative approaches to a number of different DBA processes. Here are useful tips in five main categories that can help DBAs keep their heads above water and allow their companies to more effectively utilize their data to drive business value. Read More

The ABCs of Data Deduplication: Demystifying the Different Methods

Exponential data growth is hitting organizations of all sizes hard. It's not enough to merely add more capacity; recovery point objectives must be met, and time is money when it comes to data recovery. The simple truth is that to be effectively managed, adequately protected and completely recovered, your data size must be shrunk. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Understanding the Basics of Database Hygiene Many people claim to understand the basics of good data and database hygiene. Often, these same people claim it is all very simple and very obvious. However, when peering into existing code and databases, it doesn't seem that good practices are as obvious as people say. "A2" as the name of a column may sound ridiculous, but it has happened.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Using Data Models to Improve Development One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is making sure that the right information gets to the right people. It requires attention, diligence, and planning to ensure that data is used appropriately and accurately. Unfortunately, few organizations treat data as the corporate asset it truly is.
Recent articles by Craig S. Mullins
Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Machine Learning and the Microsoft Data Platform If you're into data and databases and you have not heard the term "machine learning," may I suggest that you're not reading enough? This technology is hot and hyped, largely because it is the secret ingredient in many successful Big Data projects.
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Guy Harrison

Big Data Notes

Guy Harrison

  • What Oracle’s NoSQL SQL Database Reveals Say what you will about Oracle, it certainly can't be accused of failing to move with the times. Typically, Oracle comes late to a technology party but arrives dressed to kill.
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • 7 Tips for Achieving IT Performance Certainty It is sometimes said that a key difference between an IT administrator and a developer is that admins are all about stability, while developers are all about change. However, life isn't easy for admins nowadays because there is so much change. There is the usual change, such as replacing a host or upgrading to a new OS or DBMS. Then, there are the really big changes impacting every IT department.
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

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