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Your database environment is getting more complex. If that sounds like old hat, that's because it is.For years, articles like this have warned of the dangers of increasingly convoluted database environments. They've discussed how Database Administrators (DBAs) are now tasked with managing thousands of databases and supporting technologies. They've lamented over increasing fragmentation and workflow-stymying bottlenecks, which have, among a whole list of things, significantly hampered developer velocity. And they've explained that opting for specialized databases and tools for every need can quickly spiral into vendor lock-in, swelling support contracts, and surrendered control over your data. Read More

Sponsored Content: Competitive advantages of using fully-managed Amazon RDS for SQL Server

Data is one of the most valuable assets your company owns. Database management, however, is undifferentiated heavy lifting that incurs high operational costs. Management of your database, such as applying patches, managing backups and failovers, is not where you provide value to your customers. Read More

Identifying the Essentials of Data Privacy and Security at Data Summit 2022

At Data Summit 2022 in Boston, Jeff Jockisch, CEO, CIPP/US, PrivacyPlan and Data Collaboration Alliance, presented a workshop on what everyone needs to know now about data privacy and security. To stay on the road to data privacy compliance, there are 8 basic principles companies should follow. Read More

Exploring The Key Pillars of a Modern Resilient Data Architecture

As everyone pushes for real-time analytics, more responsive online services, and more protection against cybercrime, data resiliency has moved front and center. Put simply, data must be available at all times. This requires a shift in con­ventional thinking toward data resiliency strategies in rec­ognition of the fact that it is no longer a technical issue; it's a business issue. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Let’s Not Get Physical The value of normalization is in understanding the data well enough to create the normalized design. Pulling out the business rules, business terms, and relationships from the mass of jumbled together raw content is critical. The business rules that result from performing the normalization exercise establish the requirements that need to be satisfied by solutions, whether they are either built or purchased. When an organization creates and maintains a normalized design for the data within the important areas of their business, they reduce work on all future systems.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • Managing Data Volume in Operational Databases Operational databases continue to expand, with database sizes growing in most organizations. In terms of performance, the more data in the operational database, the less efficient transactions running against that database tend to be. The other impact, database administration complexity, causes longer processing time and outages to perform traditional DBA tasks. But as important as operational performance and administration issues are, frequently they are ancillary to the regulatory issue of preserving authentic data over time.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Three Database Fixes Capable of Improving App Performance Overnight Database applications have vastly improved in recent years, but despite our best efforts, they can still feel frustratingly slow. A report that is supposed to take minutes might instead (for unknown reasons) take 2 hours. Corporate teams complain that every time they work with the database, it gums up the works, leaving users grumpy and managers suspicious. This is no small matter. According to the SolarWinds Query Report 2021, nearly one-third of data pros sur­veyed manage more than 300 databases in their organization's environment.
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Guy Harrison

Emerging Technologies

Guy Harrison

  • What's New in MongoDB 5.x? MongoDB's recent enhancements are definitely of the perfective variety—broadly improving on the initial implementations of new features of 5.0. However, they go a long way toward enhancing the capabilities of 5.0 and creating a significant advantage for users of the MongoDB Atlas cloud.
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  • The Disappearing DBA: What to Expect as Automation Accelerates Most database administrators know database servers didn't initially come in a cloud or cluster. Once upon a time, DBAs had to reconfigure disk files and handle data manually. Now, with virtualization and the shift toward the cloud, the evolution of database administration yields more opportunities to automate tasks and fewer reasons for DBAs to get their hands dirty.
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