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MS SQL

Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB Global Distribution 07/05/2018

Global distribution of updatable data stores is one of the more challenging goals that software designers and architects have been struggling with over the years. Addressing this challenge has become increasingly pressing as the rapid growth of cloud technologies increased the need for deployments capable of spanning multiple geographical areas. In this article, we will provide an introduction to global distribution-related functionality in Cosmos DB.

Placing a Mark in SQL Server's Transaction Log for Fall Back 07/02/2018

How many times have you had a programmer come to you and say they want you (the DBA) to restore their database to sometime prior to when they accidentally corrupted it? If you are doing FULL transaction logging you can do a point in time recovery to restore the database to just prior to when the corruption occurred. But in order to do that you need to know exactly when the programmer corrupted the data, which in a lot of cases is not known down to the second.

Using SQL Server's Default Trace to Identify Autogrow Events in tempdb 07/02/2018

We all know that you should try to size tempdb appropriately, so it doesn’t need to autogrow shortly after starting up SQL Server. It isn’t always easy to do this. Therefore, when you first implement a new server and/or add new databases you should monitor the autogrowth events on tempdb. By monitoring the autogrowth events you can easily determine if you have sized tempdb appropriately.

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Oracle

Oracle's ASCIISTR() and Unicode Characters 07/12/2018

Although documented, the ASCIISTR() function may return 'interesting' results depending on the characters translated.  Read on to see what problems this can cause and a possible fix.

Using Oracle VM to Create Dev and Test Environments 06/25/2018

Using Oracle VM can be a fast and reliable way to create dev and test environments.  Read on to see how this can be done and how it can help migrate databases from other operating systems.

Creating an Oracle Patching Strategy 06/14/2018

Patching an Oracle installation can be interesting, especially if the patch needs to be backed out.  Read on to see how to create a process that preserves the original home.

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DB2

Big Data Analytics on Current Data 07/16/2018

IBM now provides an option to configure its Db2 version 12 for z/OS and complementary IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) to permit concurrent transactional processing of operational data with analytics processing of data in the appliance. This new feature, zero-latency HTAP (hybrid transactional analytical processing) provides a patented replication process that propagates native Db2 table changes to the IDAA data store. This then allows BI queries to act on up-to-date data.

GDPR for the DBA 06/18/2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect worldwide on May 25, 2018. In response, companies throughout the world increased their data security awareness, appointed data protection officers and updated their privacy policies. IT support staff responded with updated data dictionaries, flagging of personal data, encryption at various points (local and cloud storage, network traffic, etc.) and heightened security procedures. However, more work is needed. In this article we focus on what the DBA must do in the near term in order to anticipate and prevent performance and capacity issues.

5 More Features of IBM Db2 12 for z/OS 05/10/2018

IBM's Db2 Version 12 for z/OS has many new features that focus on performance and security measures, particularly for mobile and cloud applications. Advances in cryptographic hardware and query accelerator technologies facilitate rapid development of customer-facing applications and the embedding of big data queries in operational systems.

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