SQL Server Drill Down: When Did We Lose Control?

By Iain Kick

As a consultant, I get to meet many varied SQL Server professionals on a regular basis. One of the most common conversations we've had over the last few years surrounds the loss of control the DBA has experienced due to a couple of advances in technology.

The first of these is the advent of storage area network (SAN) storage, which has become significantly more prevalent in recent years. The advantages of using SAN are clear, particularly for the storage administrator - better utilization of storage, centralized management of shared storage, potential performance gains from caching and using a dedicated network for I/O traffic, high availability with SAN snapshots - the list goes on ... full article.

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