About SQLRockstar

I am currently a Head Geek for SolarWinds.

I have been in the IT industry for over ten years and a database professional since 2002. I’ve worked with several database platforms (Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft) as well as several development platforms (C++, PowerBuilder, Microsoft .NET). My current role is focused on providing a quality performance monitoring tool for multiple platforms (MSSQL, Sybase, Oracle, and DB2).

I am a SQL Server MCM, and also a SQL Server MVP having first received the MVP honor back in 2009 and every year since. I participate in the annual MVP Summit, providing valuable feedback on SQL Server products and tools to Microsoft.

I am the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA. The book is designed to give a junior to mid-level DBA a better understanding of what skills are needed in order to survive (and thrive) in their career.

I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server, an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community member.

You can follow me on Twitter, Google+, and I also have a Facebook page, so you have plenty of places to contact me!

About This Blog

I created this site as a way to help me put into words some of the musings that go through my head daily. Sometimes they are work related, sometimes they are rants (which are almost always work related), and sometimes I try to offer insight. This site helps to give me a voice as well as force me to evaluate situations before I broadcast them to the world. In other words, it makes me pause and think about my actions (or reactions) with regards to situations that arise.

Enjoy the posts, and try not to take things so seriously as you go through life. Spend time with your family, with your children, and if you have not learned to laugh yet, there is no better time to start.

What I Can Do For You

I offer consulting services for computer relational databases. The services I provide will help you in three categories: connect, learn, and share.


If you are looking to connect with other database professionals, I can help you. If you are trying to fill an open position, or have contract work available, or just want to network with others, I can help you.


If you are looking for someone to help you understand some particular concept or feature of Microsoft SQL Server, I can help you. If I do not know the answer then I can reach into my network to help find the answer you need.


If you are looking for someone to provide you with a database solution, I can help you. If you need help with building a database solution, performance tuning, monitoring, or just general troubleshooting, I can help.

Need More Info?

If you stopped by this page looking for career information, then check out my resume page. If you stopped by looking for some contact info, drop me an email at sqlrockstar@thomaslarock.com.

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