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  • Timewarp: What Is a Relational Database?

    Relational?!? Move On, Geezer!Maybe you're thinking that relational databases management systems (RDBMSs), like Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle, are going the way of punched cards and rotary phones.  After all, there's been a lot of hype these days in the IT media about the rise of so-called NoSQL (Not Only SQL) databases. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 5, 2012
  • New on "Database Trends & Applications"

    In last month's column, ''2012 Might Really Be the End of the World as We Know It,'' I described a number of major developments in the IT industry that are likely to disrupt the life of database professionals everywhere.  I categorize those four disruptors - virtualization, cloud computing, solid state drives (SSD), and advanced ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 16, 2011
  • Managing Complex DB Environments

    Check out the new white paper “Key Methods for Managing Complex DB Environments” at Quest.com. Heterogeneous database management hassles used to be much less common than today. When I first started at Quest nearly ten years ago, I'd put forward that on 15-20% of my big customers regularly managed more than one major database platform. (That ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 3, 2011
  • NOSQL- A Quick Overview

    Several attendees at the SQLRally were asking about NoSQL (''Not Only SQL'') and its benefits. This article gives a quick overview: HERE. Also, two good resources have come out from my friend Guy Harrison. This piece on Cassandra, one of the most popular NoSQL databases, was published a while back in Database Trends and Applications Magazine. I ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on June 2, 2011
  • Cloud Evolving, SQL Server Responding

    Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) and I did an interview with TechTarget’s Brendan Cournoyer at last summer's Tech-Ed, which as turned into a podcast titled “Cloud efforts advance, SQL Server evolves.” The podcast covers all the major trends at the conference (like BI), virtualization features in Quest’s products (like Spotlight), Brent’s new book ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 2, 2011
  • My Last "Catch-Up" Post for 2010 Content

    I did a lot of writing in 2010. Unfortunately, I didn't do a good job of keeping all of that writing equally distributed throughout all of the channels where I'm active. So here are a few more posts from my blog, put on-line during the months of November and December 2010, that I didn't get posted here on SQLBlog.com: 1. It's Time to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 31, 2010
  • In-Memory Databases (IMDBs)

    Moore's Law tells us that CPU's get a LOT faster over time.  Unfortunately for the database professional, all of the secondary elements of our databases DO NOT get a lot faster over time.  Overall, the main methods of storing data since the 1960's, magnetic tape and hard disks, have improved only in the single percentiles year ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on June 28, 2010
  • 2009: The Year in List Form

    Before I jump onto the Goals and Themeword meme started by my buddy, Thomas LaRock (blog | twitter), I decided I'd spend a few minutes looking back on both the year 2009. (From a personal standpoint, the 00's were my most difficult decade yet.  Major problems of every stripe beset me on all sides and with alarming frequency throughout ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 5, 2010
  • Interview Now Appearing on CSTech.com

    I was honored to be recently interviewed by the crew at Consortio Services.  You can find my portion of this particular webcast at http://www.cstechcast.com/podcasts/cs-techcast/episode99/ beginning at 17:24.  In the interview, I discuss a number of thoughts and opinions about the future of cloud computing, where our profession is ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 2, 2010
  • Sequels for SQL: Dec 17, 2009

    In the Sequels for SQL series, I point you to sites where you can go beyond the nose-to-the-grindstone resources that we see every day as SQL Server professionals.  (My favorite resource for pan-SQL Server pointers is Steve Jone's Database Weekly email newsletter.)  These are the story that comes after and outside (the sequels) of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 17, 2009
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