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  • New Project Starting. Got Gas?

    “Storage is just like gasoline,” said a fellow DBA at the office the other day. This DBA, Mike is his name, is one of the smartest people I know, so I pressed him, in my subtle and erudite way, to elaborate. “Um, whut?” I said. “Yeah. Now that everything is shared – VMs or consolidated SQL Servers and shared storage – if you want to do a big ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on September 10, 2012
  • Scandalous II: Shh! I am De-duplicating Compressed Backups

    This is part II of two Scandalous posts. Watch, mouth agape, as I run with scissors, right up against prevailing wisdom! Unfollow me now, before it’s too late! Here’s the thing. There are two really outstanding posts out there on the ‘tubez that explain in vivid detail the problems with sending compressed data into a de-duplicating appliance. And ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on April 23, 2011
  • 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
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