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  • Speaking at SQL Sat 440 in Pittsburgh on Oct 3!

    I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday #440 on October 3, 2015! I am originally from Western PA and it is always good to get back ''Home''.  This will be my 3rd time at this SQL Saturday event.  There is still time to register.  Go to the following ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 28, 2015
  • New Article: Dynamic Data Masking in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL DB

    My latest article on a new feature (Dynamic Data Masking) coming to SQL Server 2016 and Azure is now available. Dynamic Data Masking essentially displays characters instead of real data to non-privileged users.  The data is not stored as a masked values.  As with anything, there are pros and cons with this approach.  It is ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 15, 2015
  • New Article: A Look at StretchDB - a New Feature in SQL Server 2016

    My article on the new StretchDB feature in SQL Server 2016 is now available.  StretchDB allows you to have a table in your database to be partially on-prem and partially in Azure. If you have a database with a lot of historical data that doesn't change, this feature may be a good fit for your situation. I hope that you enjoy the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 8, 2015
  • Keep Your Eyes to the Skies

    Recently, a partner of Scalability  Experts asked me to write a blog relating to the Day 1 Keynote of PASS Summit 2014.  Here is a link to the post.    http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/keeping-your-eyes-on-the-skies-a-partners-view-on-sql-server-and-ucs   Enjoy! 
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on November 6, 2014
  • Rainbow in the Cloud

    Cloud tecnologies burst into our lives without asking our permission. At the beginning many of us thought the only thing that it brings would be the thunder and the rain. Time shows that, instead, it might even bring some color to our skies.Today, on a first day Keynote of the 16th PASS Summit, Microsoft ...
    Posted to Maria Zakourdaev (Weblog) by Maria Zakourdaev on November 5, 2014
  • Small-Footprint Laptop Lab

    Champagne Dev VMs on a Beer Budget Others have posted on this very topic, but I rebuild my home/dev VM lab this past weekend, and it went so well I thought I’d share the steps I went through, in case it helps someone else to get started. I got my start doing this a while back with a very helpful post by Jonathan Kehayias on Virtualbox, but I have ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on September 17, 2013
  • Hadoop growing pains

    This post is not going to be about SQL Server. I have been reading recently more and more about “Big Data” – very catchy term that describes untamed increase of the data that mankind is producing each day and the struggle to capture the meaning of these data. Ten years ago, and perhaps even three years ago this need was not so recognized. ...
    Posted to Piotr Rodak (Weblog) by rodak.p@gmail.com on June 21, 2012
  • PASS Summit: What’s the Shape of the Future?

    Gushing First I have to gush a little about the PASS Summit. Skip ahead if you like - this type of stuff doesn’t make for the best reading, and I won’t be offended. The Summit was amazing as ever this year. The thing I love about it, in addition to just the wonderful, supportive atmosphere, is that most of the people involved are real ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on October 19, 2011
  • Will SQL Azure make Normalization popular again?

    Normalization should be very popular and widespread. Unfortunately I can say that the 99% of developers that work with database (and thus design the database schema) don’t know it. Even worse they don’t even realize that normalization is a key point in application development. AFAIK developers and project managers don’t care too much of ...
    Posted to Davide Mauri (Weblog) by manowar on August 30, 2010
  • Cloud computing sounds good, but...

    With all the talk about cloud computing, I felt a little sheepish for being worried about mundane things like backup, and whether many users might underestimate what they need to do after turning over all their data to some service. http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001315.html  The Provider says, ''There there, we have everything ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on December 14, 2009
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