Considerations When Using SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking

SQL Server 2016 introduced a new security feature called Dynamic Data Masking.  With the General Data Protection Regulations, (GDPR) breathing heavy down most IT in America’s neck, its good timing. “Data Masking” is a term that has a strict definition, but different results when we actually discuss the technology behind it.  The main goal is to […]

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November 15, 2017

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Azure SQL Database- Automatic Index Management

As I begin my education in SQL Server 2017, as well as Azure SQL Database, my attention was caught by the optimizer improvements and especially automatic tuning. Often referred to with features starting with the naming convention of “dynamic” in Oracle, many automatic features either thrill or frustrate DBAs, no matter what the platform.  The […]

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November 9, 2017

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Kudos to Pass Summit 2017

This week I had the opportunity to present at Microsoft’s Pass Summit, which was one of two events I had on my list for this year, (the other was Oracle Open World.) Although I’m still learning about all the events on the Microsoft side, unlike Oracle, where there’s one, massive event in San Francisco each […]

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November 7, 2017

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Pass Summit 2017, 2nd Day, Thursday

Thursday started out calm, self-assured that I knew where I needed to be all day and was prepared.  I tweeted happily that I had found a lovely spot to work during the keynote, (day job!) Yeah, this: At the keynote, there was a table with my name on it where I was supposed to be.  […]

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November 3, 2017

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Pass Summit 2017, 1st Day, Also Known as HumpDay

I’ve plenty of rest after arriving in Seattle yesterday to get my registration for Pass Summit, attended the Women in Technology Happy Hour and then received my Idera ACE! Now Wednesday morning, I spent it reworking my slides for the third time and preparing while the main keynote was going on, (my session was right […]

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November 2, 2017

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Linux for the SQL Server DBA- Part II

So we’ve covered a few basics of a Linux host in Part I– The File System Users, groups Basic Commands with basic arguments And file and directory permissions Hopefully, what I share next will build on the first post and enhance your knowledge as you move forward with Linux. Reading the contents of a directory, […]

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October 19, 2017

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Linux for the SQL Server DBA- Part I

For the Oracle DBA, Linux is life.  When I was at Oracle, Linux projects were the easy part of my job, unlike the ones on Windows, AIX, HP-UX and at times, even Solaris.  You knew the Linux ones received the most love from development, had the most time towards patching and received attention if there […]

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October 16, 2017

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Where in the World is Goth Geek Girl, Week 41

So now that I’m finished just taking it easy, playing hooky from Oracle Open World and Oak Table World…uh, yeah…. I get to recover from emergency surgery for another week and while I’ve been busy writing slide content, building out new abstracts for the new year, along with content for a couple books, I’m finishing […]

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October 4, 2017

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Data Gravity and the Network

The network has often been viewed as “no man’s land” for the DBA-  Our tools may identify network latency, but rarely does it go into any details, designating the network outside our jurisdiction. As we work through data gravity, i.e. the weight of data, the pull of applications, services, etc. to data sources, we have […]

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Understanding Data Gravity as a DBA

Data gravity and the friction it causes within the development cycle is an incredibly obvious problem in my eyes. Data gravity suffers from the Von Newmann Bottleneck. It’s a basic limitation on how fast computers can be. Pretty simple, but states that the speed of where data resides and where it’s processed is the limiting […]

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Latest Delphix Blog Post and Upcoming Webinars

In my latest blog post on the Delphix site, I continue my conversation with why DevOps is the next step for DBAs and how DBAs can embrace this next step in their evolution. This is an extensive series of blog posts, (four so far) to be followed by an ebook, a podcast and two webinars. […]

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August 10, 2017

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Successful Evangelism

I’ve been asked what it takes to be a successful evangelist and realizing that what makes one successful at it, is often like holding sand in your hands- no matter how tightly you hold your fists, it’s difficult to contain the grains. The term evangelist is one that either receives very positive or very negative […]

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August 3, 2017

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The $50 Million Hyphen

There are a plethora of mishaps in the early space program to prove the need for DevOps, but Fifty-five years ago this month, there was one in particular that is often used as an example for all.  This simple human error almost ended the whole American space program and it serves as a strong example […]

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July 19, 2017

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Delivering Migration Projects on Time

I did a couple great sessions yesterday for the awesome Dallas Oracle User Group, (DOUG.)  It was the first time I did my thought leadership piece on Making Sense of the Cloud and it was a great talk, with some incredible questions from the DOUG attendees! This points me to a great [older] post on things […]

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April 28, 2017

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The Chicken Before the Egg of Cloud Migrations

For over a year I’ve been researching cloud migration best practices.  Consistently there was one red flag that trips me that I’m viewing recommended migration paths.  No matter what you read, just about all of them include the following high level steps: As we can see from above, the scope of the project is identified, requirements laid […]

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April 18, 2017

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Conference Networking- Tips to Doing it Right

I was in a COE, (Center of Excellence) meeting yesterday and someone asked me, “Kellyn, is your blog correct?  Are you really speaking at a Blockchain event??”  Yeah, I’m all over the technical map these days and you know what? I love the variety of technology, the diversity of attendance and the differences in how the conferences […]

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April 13, 2017

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