Picking the Right Fights With Your Server Team—Embarcadero Webinar

Published On: 2015-08-17By:

Today I’m going to be doing a webinar with my friends at Embarcadero entitled “Picking the Right Fights with Your Server Team”, I got to do this presentation in Indianapolis recently, and I was really happy with it. You’ll learn about what to ask for from the sys admins about the following topics:

  • SAN Configuration
  • Server Configuration
  • Windows Settings
  • Virtualization

These are topics a lot of DBAs typically don’t have a lot of insight into, so in this session you’ll learn about how to speak the language of the other teams. IOPs, thin provisioning, and OUs. Join us at 11 AM PDT/2 PM EDT/7 PM GMT here.


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Idera Geek Sync—Dealing with Bad Roommates SQL Server Resource Governor

Published On: 2015-07-13By:

Next Monday at 1000 CDT/1100 EDT/1500 GMT I will be doing a webinar with Idera on SQL Server Resource Governor. In my time as a SQL Server DBA, it’s rare especially in small to medium size companies to have only one applications databases running on a given SQL Server. SQL Server licensing is expensive—frequently far more expensive than the cost of server hardware, so workloads get combined. It is not uncommon to see an application like SharePoint running on the same server that hosts a data warehouse. Since these applications have really diverse requirements for their system configurations, this can lead to performance problems and arguments between application teams. So what is an overworked DBA to do? Starting with SQL Server 2008 Microsoft introduced the resource governor a feature that let you control CPU and memory for a given workload—this was great for controlling applications like SharePoint that don’t want parallelism, but what about that report that your sales manager runs that overwhelms the storage array with its 15 million reads? Well there’s an answer for that too—in SQL 2014 Microsoft introduced an IO feature for resource governor.

In this one hour webinar, you will learn about:

  • Why you want to use resource governor
  • How resource governor works inside of SQL Server
  • How to implement resource governor in your environment
  • Why Microsoft will continue to enhance resource governor

I really like this feature and feel that it is underutilized—please join me next Monday. You can register here.


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Webinar—Managing a Multi-Platform Environment

Published On: 2015-06-17By:

Today, I’ll be doing a webinar for Embarcadero on managing a multi-platform database environment. As some of you know, I’ve worked on both Oracle and SQL Server throughout my career—each RDBMS has it nuances, and they are just different enough to make transitioning to a new platform quite challenging.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Challenges to working in a multi-platform environment
  • Compare and Contrast Oracle to SQL Server and vice versa
  • Benefits of tools to simplify management

I came across an interesting study recently that over 70% of organizations support more than one database platform. I see this in many organizations that I consult with, however I don’t see nearly as much crossover between DBAs—you will also learn how to build these skills for yourself, or for your organization.

I hope you can join us on Wednesday June 17th at 11 AM PDT, 2 PM EDT, 1800 GMT. You can register at the link above.

 


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The Great Brain Robbery

Published On: 2015-04-29By:

Originally posted on Jacquie Phelan's Weblog:

Teatime at Offhand Manor. Photo: Carl Gooding

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In 1999, Trek bike company parasitized my years of hard work, good will, and brand management to sell to women. I used to be able to produce and sell out women’s camps…now I barely exist. Women’s Mountain Bike & Tea Society™ was  fifteen years old when someone at Trek woke up and found out that half the population is not young white men.

Here’s a 1999 WOMBATS home page (above) and  Trek’s rip-off ad (below).

Our web site was designed by New York artist Hadley Taylor, who saw an opportunity to showcase her humor and talent for organizing information in an easy-to-follow. engaging way. WOMBATS website won a “25 best websites”  award from Wired Magazine that year (1997). Hadly made a Wombats Art Gallery, complete with “virtual cheese” and “virtual wine”, galleries to stroll through featuring black and white photos of women…

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