11 January 2022
11 January 2022

English language confusion

The technology books I’ve written go through a couple of edits, first by someone knowledgeable in the subject area and then by a copy editor. The copy editor will fix misspellings, awkward sentence structure, and grammar. The occasional modification alters the meaning of a sentence, but overall, I’m happy with the updates. I’ve worked on … Read more
28 December 2021
28 December 2021

Making predictions

Steve Jones (@way0utwest), Grant Fritchey (@GFritchey), and I are often asked to predict trends in technology, especially at the end of the year. This year we were asked about the kinds of challenges and trends, especially for monitoring and DevOps, that will be seen for database professionals in the near future. Just like the answer … Read more
03 November 2021
03 November 2021

SQL Server 2022 is a game changer

Microsoft announced at the Ignite conference that SQL Server 2022 is on the way, and several significant new features should convince many organizations to upgrade soon after it’s available. It’s been three long years since SQL Server 2019 arrived, so these announcements are exciting to hear. Microsoft will announce details and additional features over the … Read more
20 October 2021
20 October 2021

Back in the office

Last week, Steve Jones (@way0utwest), Grant Fritchey (@GFritchey), and I spent a few days at the Redgate Headquarters in Cambridge. Meeting at the office would not be unusual except for the times that we live in right now, as we typically get there about once a quarter. This is the first time that we’ve all … Read more
21 September 2021
21 September 2021

The challenges of ever-growing estates

Each year Redgate runs a survey to determine the state of database monitoring. This year, instead of one large report, we are publishing four insight reports, each on a different topic. The first came out this month: The real-world challenges of growing server estates. The respondents reported several trends: DBAs are managing more instances than … Read more
29 July 2021
29 July 2021

Appreciating tiny victories

No one is good at something right when they start. When starting something new, it’s normal to feel terrified or have “imposter syndrome.” You’ll constantly be rubbing shoulders with people that are more experienced, more talented, or seemingly more confident.  It takes a long, long time to get good at something. Of course, there are … Read more
01 June 2021
01 June 2021

What Counts for a DBA – Deadlines

Everyone needs deadlines. Even the beavers. They loaf around all summer, but when they are faced with the winter deadline, they work like fury. If we didn’t have deadlines, we’d stagnate. ― Walt Disney I hate deadlines. Really. I truly hate them. The problem is: they are usually unrealistic, often not much more than a wild … Read more