22 June 2020
22 June 2020

Storage 101: Cloud Storage

Throughout this series, I’ve discussed a range of storage-related topics, some of which I mentioned only briefly. One of those is cloud storage, which now plays a vital role in today’s data management strategies. Organizations of all types and sizes now employ cloud storage to varying degrees, either to supplement their on-premises systems or to … Read more
26 May 2020
26 May 2020

Improve Row Count Estimates for Table Variables without Changing Code

Table variables can cause performance issues with joins when they contain a large number of rows. In SQL Server 2019, Microsoft has improved how the optimizer works with table variables which can improve performance without making changes to your code. In this article, Greg Larsen explains how this feature works and if it really does make a difference.… Read more
21 May 2020
21 May 2020

Hands-On with Columnstore Indexes: Part 1 Architecture

Microsoft introduced Columnstore with SQL Server 2012 and have improved the feature in every version since then. You may be wondering why they are different than traditional indexes and how they work. In this series, Edward Pollack explains the architecture of Columnstore indexes. In future articles in the series, he will describe best practices for Columnstore.… Read more
20 May 2020
20 May 2020

Key Insights from the 2020 State of SQL Server Monitoring Report

This marks the third year that Redgate have launched a survey to better understand how organisations monitor their databases. This year, 971 database professionals from around the world responded. Here are some of the key insights from the survey: Estates are growing more than ever Companies who reported over 1,000 SQL Server instances grew 9% … Read more
29 April 2020
29 April 2020

Right-Sizing Row Mode Query Memory Requirements

When the optimizer doesn’t estimate the correct amount of memory for a query, either memory is wasted that could be used for other processes or some operations will spill to disk. Microsoft has added Memory Grant Feedback to help overcome this issue. In this article, Greg Larsen explains what you need to know about this new feature. … Read more
29 April 2020
29 April 2020

Implementing a Data Quality Monitoring Framework

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For any Business Intelligence solution to be useful for analytical and decision-making purposes, it is imperative that the underlying data quality is good so, that reports generated are reliable to make business decisions. This article from Imran Quadri Syed walks the through steps involved to implement a successful Data Quality Monitoring framework that would validate incoming data against predefined data quality rules and capture data quality metrics.… Read more
14 April 2020
14 April 2020

Codd’s Twelve Rules

Dr. Codd proposed the normalization rules we used to design databases, but did you know that he also came up with rules that vendors must meet to call their products relational database systems? In this article, Joe Celko explains the thirteen RDBMS rules.… Read more