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Welcome to the Voice of the DBA, thoughts from Steve Jones on databases, SQL Server, and life.

Apr 30, 2018

I really like replication in SQL Server. At least, I like it as a concept. It solves some hard problems and lets me move data around in a way that can handle larger loads, reduce queries to OLTP servers, and more. I've been hoping Microsoft would see this feature as critical to the future success of SQL Server and...


Apr 27, 2018

One of the cornerstones of GDPR compliance is appointing someone as a data protection officer for your organization. This person is responsible for ensuring that your systems and data are safe and protected, and presumably, complying with the various articles in the GDPR. Article 37 notes that both a data controller...


Apr 24, 2018

I'm sure that those of you reading this have a variety of opinions about the "cloud". Actually, I'd guess that many of us have different definitions of what the cloud actually means. That's fine, since it's really an amorphous, marketing term that encompasses quite a bit of different technologies, services,...


Apr 23, 2018

I had a friend that used to run an Exchange system. Actually, he was part of a team of four that managed a 50,000+ mailbox system for a very large company. In 2000 or 2001, he told me that his job would be done by computers in a few years and he had decided to leave the industry. Over the last 15 years, he's worked in...


Apr 20, 2018

I love this quote, though I'm not sure it's accurate. From The Future of Data Storage, the piece states: "What’s the most expensive thing you can do with a piece of data? Throw it out."

That's from a storage vendor, and obviously they'd prefer that you keep all your data, which means more storage and backup...