performance

The Five DBA Food Groups

The Five DBA Food Groups

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the USA. It’s a day where we are supposed to be thankful for what we have been given and instead we mostly use it as an excuse to eat obscene amounts of food, watch 10 hours of NFL action, and force retail workers to work longer hours in the name of(…)

Q&A From My Azure Webinar With Scott Klein

Q&A From My Azure Webinar With Scott Klein

Recently (OK, on July 23rd, 2014 to be exact) I co-presented a webinar with Scott Klein (blog | @SQLScott) titled “Know Before You Go: SQL Server on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines“. It was a repeat performance of the session we delivered at TechEd in Houston earlier this year. There were a handful of questions asked during(…)

SQL 2014 Cardinality Estimator: Why You Should Care – Part 2

SQL 2014 Cardinality Estimator: Why You Should Care – Part 2

In the previous post I talked about how query optimization works, the role the Cardinality Estimator (CE) plays, and why you should care. Today I am going to break down some of the details about the differences between the old and new CE, as well as show some examples and scenarios. What’s New in the SQL 2014(…)

SQL 2014 Cardinality Estimator: Why You Should Care

SQL 2014 Cardinality Estimator: Why You Should Care

This is the first of two posts on the new Cardinality Estimator in SQL Server 2014.  SQL Server 2014 comes with a lot of shiny things. Hekaton (or as Microsoft Marketing likes to call it, In-Memory OLTP), updateable Columnstore indexes, and buffer pool extensions are some of the more common enhancements. All of those new(…)

Performance Metrics for SQL Server 2014

Performance Metrics for SQL Server 2014

We all crave routine in our life, from the time we are babies through adulthood. Routine and familiarity. This extends to how we do performance monitoring and troubleshooting. Everyone has their favorite set of tools to help get the job done, tools that have a familiar routine involved to make them work best for us. Over the(…)

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