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MS SQL

SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines - Performance Optimizations 12/05/2016

When deploying SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine, you can take advantage of several Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features that enhance performance of the SQL Server database engine. We will explore a couple of these enhancements in this article. In particular, we will focus on increased I/O throughput facilitated by the Solid State Drive (SSD) storage available on most Azure virtual machines (VMs).

Identifying Last Night’s SQL Agent Job Failures 12/01/2016

Finding the nightly job failures is just one of a DBA's morning rituals. It is fairly easy to scan all the email with a number of creative search criteria, but what if you would like a more automated approach? Read on to learn how to find and report all job failures using a script.

Removing Email from msdb Database 12/01/2016

Is your msdb database growing bigger every day? If so you might want to consider purging some of the history records from the msdb database. If you are sending email using database mail and you are not periodically purging email information, then you might find out this is one of the reasons your msdb database is growing bigger.

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Oracle

Storing Numbers As Strings In An Oracle Database 11/21/2016

It’s interesting to note that sometimes VARCHAR2 fields are used to store numbers.  Read on to see why this isn’t the best practice and how to get around the sorting issue if you can’t change the table.

Little-Known Exceptions in  Oracle’s PL/SQL 11/14/2016

It’s interesting to note that sometimes VARCHAR2 fields are used to store numbers.  Read on to see why this isn’t the best practice and how to get around the sorting issue if you can’t change the table.

Oracle 12c In-memory Column Store Has An Unexpected Surprise 10/31/2016

Oracle’s in-memory column store in 12.1 can provide better performance for large data sets.  Read on to see the added ‘bonus’ it can provide.

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DB2

Basic DB2 System Tuning Strategies 11/17/2016

While the performance of a mission-critical application sometimes takes center stage, IT staff are always aware that the performance of the overall system affects all applications.  Database management systems, operating system software, physical data storage and retrieval, and backup and recovery operations all take part in providing a solid infrastructure for applications. For many customer facing applications, such as on-line transaction processing, the database management system is the key component.

Basic DB2 Application Tuning Strategies 10/17/2016

Assume you’ve been given a directive by IT management to "tune" things. What strategies are available and how do you judge which ones are best? Considering the current economic climate, can any be implemented on a shoestring budget? Can any of these tasks be assigned to resources with basic DBA skills and still be productively accomplished?

Automating Data Warehouse Support 09/15/2016

As budgets tighten, how can database administrators keep up with the rapidly-changing new technology environment? The solution: automation. In this article we discuss various ways to automate common processes and relieve the infrastructure staff from repetitive tasks, so that then can concentrate on more urgent priorities.

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