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MS SQL

Implementing SQL Server Failover Clustering in Azure 08/07/2017

Deploying IaaS solutions in Microsoft Azure offers benefits that leverage agility, resiliency, and scalability built into the underlying platform. However, when dealing with business-critical workloads, customers typically want to also provide high-availability and disaster recovery capabilities in a manner that they can control. Trying to implement this approach in the cloud by following the procedures applicable in on-premises datacenters frequently presents challenges. This article focuses on these differences in the context of deployment of SQL Server Failover Clustering in Azure.

Purging Old Database Mail Items 08/03/2017

Are you purging the old database mail items stored in msdb?  In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to purge database mail.

What Mail Items Have Been Sent With Database Mail 08/03/2017

Have you ever wondered how much database mail you have sent in the past day or week? What about those database mail items that were not successfully sent. In this tip, Greg Larsen shows you how to review the database mail items that have been processed by SQL Server.

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Oracle

Oracle's Autotrace Can Lie to You 08/14/2017

Execution plans can be very helpful when diagnosing problems but be careful how you generate them as autotrace can lie to you.  Read on to see how to generate reliable execution plans.

Oracle Transaction En-queue Waits and Locked Objects 07/31/2017

Sometimes it's possible to track down an object causing an en-queue wait from an ASH report. Read on to see how such an investigation begins and what information may be available.

Oracle Mutexes 07/13/2017

Mutexes differ from latches in a number of ways. Read on to see how they differ from latches, what modes they can be acquired in, and their relative efficiency compared to latches.

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MS Access

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DB2

Database as a Service: Performance Tuning 07/17/2017

Many businesses have turned to providers of database as a service (DBaaS) to manage database creation and maintenance. Delegating these resource-intensive tasks to outside experts relieves the business from hardware acquisition and installation, software selection and licensing costs, and staffing for all these functions; however, after the application is up and running, who is responsible for performance tuning, and what should be managed first?

Database as a Service: Your First Application 06/15/2017

For the new entrepreneur who wants to implement a significant digitally-based service or sell products to customers on-line, the need to get their application written and implemented quickly is a strong one. Luckily, there are several services available to the business that wants to get its new application up and running in minimal time. In this article, we will concentrate on why you would consider having someone else host your database data, and what are the risks in doing so.

Database as a Service: Outlook Cloudy 05/15/2017

For most companies, IT-related hardware and software maintenance is costly, time-consuming and requires hiring and retaining a support staff of operating system and database management system specialists. Delegating these responsibilities to an outside firm allows a new application to be developed and implemented more quickly. However, there are issues with delegating database support to an outside service. In this article, we will concentrate on how these environments scale with application growth, especially if the data and services are stored in the cloud.

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