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It’s Time for an Upgrade: Legacy APM Tools are Ill-Equipped for Today’s Multi-Cloud, Multi-Services World

Latency is the new outage: It's a phrase that's being thrown around the networking industry—a mantra if you will. It used to be that experience was measured in uptime and downtime. Is Google down right now? Is AWS experiencing an outage in Asia? Can anybody log on to Salesforce? Those days are over. Being up and running is not enough. Applications need to be fast, and the expectation is that every retailer—from Target to the mom-and-pop store down the street—needs to have a digital omni-channel presence with experiences that rival Amazon—a nearly half-a-trillion-dollar global brand. Read More

The Game-Changing Technologies Powering the Data-Driven Enterprise in 2021 and Beyond

We're still at the start of the 2020s, and already, things look very different from the preceding decade. For data executives and profession­als, the years ahead may mean change on a scale never seen before in the IT industry. Promising new technologies—as well as redesigned and repurposed older ones—are reshaping the data center and analytics shops in new and exciting ways. We asked industry leaders for their views on what is enhancing the ability of enterprises to compete on data. Read More

DBTA 100 2021: The Companies That Matter Most in Data

The past 15 months have provided an object lesson for all organizations in the importance of being agile and moving quickly to address new challenges and opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic created even greater urgency to better manage and extract valuable insights from data for companies that were already dealing with expanding regulatory pressures, new data security risks, and burgeoning data volumes. Read More

Log Parsing With AI: Faster and With Greater Accuracy

Network security logs are a ubiquitous record of system runtime states and messages of system activities and events. Parsing logs with regular expressions is the most widely utilized method available for network log analysis. Providing a toolset powered by NLP to perform log parsing is a game changer in the critical and time-sensitive area of cybersecurity. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • The Database Testing Blues Within IT, testing has matured as an industry. Many tools exist, and many IT shops have testing groups. But, often those testing groups are unable to assist on data-related projects. The heart of the problem is that the focus of the testing practice has been perverted. The testing industry is concerned primarily with validating code, specifically the kinds of code that interact with people. With data-related projects, the need is to test the accuracy of the data at rest within the structures.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Things the DBA Hears Picture this scene: It is a little after 5 p.m. on a Friday and a chat message pops up from my "favorite" application programmer. Something isn't working properly. Yes, that is the message. "Something" isn't working properly. That's all. This is no exaggeration of the types of situations that routinely pop up. Sure, these may not be the exact words, but I'd wager that most DBAs have been on the receiving end of this type of request. So, what should be done in this type of situation?
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • SQL Server Migration Assistant v8.19 Now Automates Testing Due to my background working with other major database platforms such as Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, I've long been an advocate for the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). This powerful and easy product can quickly and effectively migrate most popular relational database platforms into SQL Server. The migration process using SSMA usually results in a 80/20 or 90/10 migration, in which 80%-90% of the database objects migrate without an issue. But 10%-20% typically requires additional hand-hold­ing and manual migration work.
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Guy Harrison

MongoDB Matters

Guy Harrison

  • MongoDB 5.0: Worth the Wait It's been 3 years since MongoDB 4.0 was announced at the 2018 MongoDB World conference—and that is a long time in the software industry.
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  • The DBA’s Dilemma: How to Upskill and Stay Ahead Traditional DBAs who have spent a lot of time with all the nerd knobs at their disposal need to think more about the movement of data. Instead of thinking in terms of data administration—and running the risk of becoming redundant—they should become more familiar with how data moves in and out of their enterprises.
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