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New Azure storage account type

In Azure, there previously has been only one kind of storage account, which is now called a “General Purpose” storage account.  Just introduced is a new kind of storage account, called “Cool Blob Storage”.  When creating a storage account, the … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2016 available June 1st!

Woo hoo!  Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2016 will be generally available on June 1st.  On that date all four versions of SQL Server 2016 will be available to all users, including brand new ones, MSDN subscribers, and existing customers. Here … Continue reading

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Big Data architectures

Over the last few years I have been involved in reviewing the architectures of various companies that are building or have built big data solutions.  When I say “big data”, I’m referring to the incorporation of semi-structured data such as sensor … Continue reading

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Azure SQL Database pricing

Pricing Azure SQL database is difficult because various database service tier options such as database transaction units (DTU’s), max database size, disaster recovery options, and backup retention days are used to determine pricing instead of hardware (CPU/RAM/HD).  Generally I recommend starting out … Continue reading

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Analytics Platform System (APS) AU5 released

The Analytics Platform System (APS), which is a renaming of the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW), has just released an appliance update (AU5), which is sort of like a service pack, except that it includes many new features.  Below is what is new in this … Continue reading

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Scaling Azure VM’s

There are so many benefits to the cloud, but one of the major features is the ease of use in scaling a virtual machine (VM).  A common scenario is when you are building an application that needs SQL Server.  Simply … Continue reading

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My latest presentations

I frequently present at user groups, and always try to create a brand new presentation to keep things interesting.  We all know technology changes so quickly there is no shortage of topics!  There is a list of all my presentations … Continue reading

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Data loading into Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) is a new platform-as-a service (PaaS) that distributes workloads across multiple compute resources, called massively parallel processing (MPP).  Loading data into a MPP data warehouse requires a different approach, or mindset, than traditional methods of loading data into … Continue reading

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Microsoft Azure Government

I’m sure you are aware of Microsoft Azure, but are you aware there is special version of Azure for U.S. governments? Microsoft Azure Government is a cloud computing service for federal, state, local and tribal U.S. governments.  It was generally available … Continue reading

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SQL Server on Linux!

Looks outside: pigs are flying! In an announcement yesterday, SQL Server will be made available on Linux.  The private preview of SQL Server on Linux is available now, and Microsoft is targeting availability in mid-2017.  Microsoft will offer both on-premises and cloud versions … Continue reading

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