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  • How Does the Cloud Change a Database Administrator’s Job?

    I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization. In a way, the Systems Architect has the easiest transition to a new way of using computing technologies. In fact, that’s actually part of the job description. I mentioned that a Systems Architect has three primary ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 29, 2013
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Disaster Recovery Options for On-Premises SQL Server

    One of the use-cases for a cloud solution is to serve as a Disaster Recovery option for your on-premises servers. I’ll explain one particular use-case in this entry, specifically using Windows Azure “IaaS” or Virtual Machines as a Recovery Solution for SQL Server (more detail here: ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 8, 2013
  • SSIS Design Patterns, the Book

    For the past two years, I have had the honor and privilege or authoring SSIS Design Patterns alongside Jessica Moss, Michelle Ufford, Tim Mitchell, and Matt Masson. Publication of the book – like many projects of this scope – has been delayed. The current publication date is 27 Aug 2012 and I have high confidence in this date. I take ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 6, 2012
  • Northwind now available on SQL Azure

    Two weeks ago I made available a copy of [AdventureWorks2012] on SQL Azure and published credentials so that anyone from the SQL community could connect up and experience SQL Azure, probably for the first time. One of the (somewhat) popular requests thereafter was to make the venerable Northwind database available too so I am pleased to say that ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on April 10, 2012
  • The Data Scientist

    A new term - well, perhaps not that new - has come up and I’m actually very excited about it. The term is Data Scientist, and since it’s new, it’s fairly undefined. I’ll explain what I think it means, and why I’m excited about it. In general, I’ve found the term deals at its most basic with analyzing data. Of course, we all do that, and the term ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on November 15, 2011
  • Big Data and the Cloud - More Hype or a Real Workload?

    Last week Microsoft announced several new offerings for “Big Data” - and since I’m a stickler for definitions, I wanted to make sure I understood what that really means. What is “Big Data”? What size hard drive is that? After all, my laptop has 1TB of storage - is my laptop “Big Data”? There are actually a few definitions for this term, most ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on October 18, 2011
  • SQL Azure Use Case: Shared Storage Application

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx Description: On-premise data will be a part of computing for quite some time – ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 26, 2011
  • Reading the SQL Azure tea leaves

    Social media! Its like garlic bread....its the future. I've tasted it!!! Ahem...ok...perhaps not. Still, I do get a lot of useful information from various social media outlets that I inhabit and just this morning I spotted something on LinkedIn that really caught my eye. Topping the ''People you may know'' list was a General Manager (SQL Azure ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on October 21, 2010
  • Project Houston CTP released - try it out with brentotweets

    The SQL Azure team have just announced in their blog post CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” now available that their web based admin tool for SQL Azure (codenamed Houston) has just hit CTP release - you can hit it up on SLQ Azure Labs at https://manage.sqlazurelabs.com/. The great thing about this? Its up on the web so as long as you ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on July 21, 2010
  • Performance-Driven Development

    I was reading a blog yesterday about the evils of SELECT *. The author pointed out that it's almost always a bad idea to use SELECT * for a query, but in the case of SQL Azure (or any cloud database, for that matter) it's especially bad, since you're paying for each transmission that comes down the line. A very good point indeed. This got me to ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 11, 2010
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