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MS SQL

Dynamic Data Masking on Azure SQL Database 10/23/2017

Azure SQL Database’s Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) feature limits the exposure of sensitive information to non-privileged users. DDM can mask either the full value or partial value in a column. This method can also mask Social Security and Credit Card Numbers without making any changes to the application. Read on to learn more.

Azure SQL Database Long-Term Backup Retention 10/05/2017

Azure SQL Database provides a number of benefits that leverage resiliency and redundancy built into the underlying cloud infrastructure. In addition to Point-in-Time Restore as well as Geo-Restore and Active Geo-Replication, you have the option of implementing long-term backup retention of Azure SQL Database.

9 New Features with SQL Server 2017 10/02/2017

Microsoft has added a ton of new features in SQL Server 2017, including expanded operating system support, Graph database capability, Python support, and more. Join Greg Larsen as he explores nine of these new features.

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Oracle

Oracle's TEMP Tablespace 10/12/2017

Big tables can be cached automatically by Oracle as long as certain criteria are met.  Read on to see how to configure this feature and what might be standing in your way.

Tracking Rollback Progress in Oracle 09/25/2017

Large transactions can take considerable time to rollback once they are stopped.  Read on to see how to monitor rollback progress from another session.

Oracle's Newest PL/SQL Feature 'ACCESSIBLE BY' 09/14/2017

Running procedures and functions outside of the package context can cause issues, especially with dependencies.  Read on to see how ACCESSIBLE BY can prevent 'unauthorized' access to procedures and functions.

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DB2

Database as a Service: An IT Strategic Direction 10/16/2017

Is DBaaS a possible strategic direction for your company’s IT infrastructure? In order to determine this, there are several issues you must address. This article lists the most common risks that require mitigation before embarking upon delegating all or most of your database storage and management to an outside firm.

Database as a Service: Defining Quality 09/18/2017

Application and database definitions are now spread among multiple firms across multiple platforms. Business rules are implemented in (potentially) many places, and many support staff skills are not under your control. This raises the complexity of the application and increases the risks of failure during application changes, maintenance or upgrades. This article addresses how to measure and maintain the quality of your application when you take advantage of database as a service (DBaaS).

Database as a Service: Choosing a Provider 08/17/2017

Providers of database as a service (DBaaS) promise to handle database tasks, including hardware acquisition, database management software installation and configuration, database definition, performance tuning, and backup and recovery. While this service can greatly shorten the time-to-market of a new application, there are certain risks inherent in delegating database management to an outside provider. In this article we address the risks, how should they be mitigated and what questions need to be addressed when choosing a DBaaS provider.

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