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

May 30, 2018

At the Redgate SQL Privacy Summit recently, there was panel I hosted that I thought was really interesting. At one point someone asked a question and there was a bit of a discussion about the right to forget in the EU. One of the fascinating things wasn't about the rights, but about backups. One of our panelists...


May 29, 2018

At one point in my career, I worked for a wealth management firm. We managed funds for various customers, a part of which was making trades in the financial markets. Various brokers and companies used our platform to run their business, and performance was always an issue. At the time we were an NT 4.0/SQL Server 6.5...


May 25, 2018

My desk is a mess, at least, it's a mess compared to many people's workspaces. Not as bad as some, but certainly worse than others. I sometimes care and will clean clear things away, maybe even get rid of some items, but for the most part I have an idea where things are and they can stay there. I'm not sure that a...


May 24, 2018

I write a fair amount about career issues. It's one of the largest tags in my word cloud, and I'm proud of that. I've seen too many people in bad jobs for too long, had a few myself, watched my wife work far too hard at times, and lost friends because of a lack of time. All of those experiences have caused me to really...


May 23, 2018

One of the main functions for anyone that manages a database is ensuring that they can recover the system in the event of any issues. My view is that restores are the most important skill and task that need to be performed on a database. Since restores require backups, I'd then rank backups as a 1a important...