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  • T-SQL Tuesday #004: Real World SSD’s

    A contribution for T-SQL Tuesday #004, hosted by the illustrious Mike Walsh! In the past few weeks I had some correspondence with Kendal Van Dyke leading up to his SQL Saturday presentation on SSDs, and he got me fired up to share a little of my team’s experience with a real implementation. Over the past four months or so, our IT group at work ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on March 8, 2010
  • SAN 101 for the DBA

    As will become apparent from this post, I am no Storage Admin. My apologies for offending the sensibilities of those who know this topic better than I do! I get asked occasionally about placing SQL Server data on SAN storage, and I've done it with a few systems, and a lot of smart people helping me, so here's a SAN 101 crib sheet for DBAs ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on February 16, 2010
  • Using Historical Perf Counter Data For Storage Planning

    Lately I'm faced with a fairly ambitious data center move, and at the same time with an initiative to consolidate sprawling SQL Servers onto centralized clusters. It's a chunk of work, but these two notions have fit together pretty well: as long as we're moving SQL services and touching everything, it seems to be easier to make the consolidation ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on October 29, 2009
  • SAN Disk Array Performance: Beware LUN Concatenation

    I'd like to pass along a couple of tips for those new to using SAN storage for SQL Server. SAN Storage is quite expensive, and doubly so if your storage doesn't deliver on the performance front. SAN disk arrays are not magic, and sadly they don't just automagically perform well, marketing to the contrary. These are some items I have found helpful ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on July 26, 2009
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