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  • Amazingly Useful SQL Server Articles on SQLPerformance.com

    Me and Aaron Bertrand, SQL Sentry flagbearers.One of the things we've been working on at SQL Sentry is building up institutional knowledge for the SQL Server community. There are three main ways that we're doing that on-line:Hard-core tech articles on SQLPerformance.com, edited by long-time SQL Server MVP Aaron Bertrand ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 3, 2014
  • Join Me on March 14 in Silicon Valley for a Full-Day of SQL Server Configuration Tuning Lessons

     Join me for a day ofReal World Database Configuration and Tuning for Microsoft SQL ServerSQL Saturday Silicon Valley 2014Friday, March 14, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)Mountain View, CAClick HERE to register Now! Seating is very limited! This full-day training event combines a thorough overview of fundamental architectural concepts ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 18, 2014
  • I Touched a Screen (and I Liked it)

    This is a picture of my son, Stevie Ray, learning SQL on my Surface Pro 2. I bought the Surface Pro 2 the day it was released. I didn’t pre-order it because I wanted to read what others had to say about it first. I’m an early-adopter, but not the earliest of adopters. I did not like it at first. “Why not, Andy?” I’m glad you asked. The form ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 15, 2013
  • Database Trends & Applications column: Database Benchmarking from A to Z

    Have you heard of the monthly print and web magazine Database Trends & Applications (DBTA)? Did you know I'm the regular columnist covering SQL Server?  For the past six months, I've been writing a series of articles about database benchmarking culminating in the latest article discussing my three favorite database ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 24, 2013
  • Storage Performance

    Storage has changed dramatically over the last three years driven by SSD developments. Most of the key components necessary for a powerful storage system are available and the cost is highly favorable for direct placement of data files. Some additional infrastructure elements could greatly enhance the flexibility of storage systems with ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on March 24, 2013
  • The Zombie PerfMon Counter That Never Dies! Quick Tip

    The PerfMon Counters That Just Won't DieOne of the things that's simultaneously great and horrible about the Internet is that once something gets posted out in the ether, it basically never goes away.  (Some day, politicians will realize this.  We can easily fact check their consistency).  Because of longevity of content posted to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 8, 2012
  • Intel Xeon E5 (Sandy Bridge-EP) and SQL Server 2012 Benchmarks

    Intel officially announced the Xeon E5 2600 series processor based on Sandy Bridge-EP variant with upto 8 cores and 20MB LLC per socket. Only one TPC benchmark accompanied product launch, summary below. ProcessorsCores perFrequencyMemorySQLVendorTPC-E 2 x Xeon E5-269082.9GHz512GB (16x32GB)2012IBM1,863.23 2 x Xeon ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on March 7, 2012
  • Accelerate OLTP with HP and Microsoft's New High Performance Reference Architecture

    If you haven't started to read Shashank Pawar (blog), you're missing out. Shashank is part of Microsoft Australia and has been writing some very good content lately. Here's an example from the Reference Architecture for High Performance SQL Server:HP and Microsoft engineering teams have worked together to create a reference architecture to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 6, 2012
  • Intel Server Strategy Shift with Sandy Bridge EN & EP

    The arrival of the Sandy Bridge EN and EP processors, expected in early 2012, will mark the completion of a significant shift in Intel server strategy. For the longest time 1995-2009, the strategy had been to focus on producing a premium processor designed for 4-way systems that might also be used in 8-way systems and higher. The objective ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on November 29, 2011
  • TPC-H Benchmarks - Westmere-EX versus RISC

    There has been relatively litle activity in TPC Benchmarks recently with the exception of the raft of Dell TPC-H results with Exa Solutions. It could be that systems today are so powerful that few people feel the need for benchmarks. IBM published an 8-way Xeon E7 (Westmere-EX) TPC-E result of 4593 in August, slightly higher than the Fujitsu ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on October 10, 2011
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