Summit and something new…

Let me just say, I’m excited.   First of all, can you believe that the PASS Summit is next week?  Next. Week. Are you ready… to have your brain explode from all the SQL learnin’? to reconnect with your SQL Family? to add new members to that family?   Personally, I’ll be starting out my […]


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PASS Summit 2014 – I’m speaking! 2

On June 25, 2012, I set a goal for myself.  It was this: In the next 3 years, I want to present at the PASS Summit. Today I am thrilled and honored to say that this November I will achieve that goal (got it in just under the wire)!  Drawing thousands of attendees from across […]


What does “challenging” really mean? 3

I had lunch with an old friend last week.  We hadn’t spoken in a while and we were catching up on everything that was going on in our lives.  She mentioned that she was looking for a new job, and we got to talking about what she was looking for. “I want something that’s challenging.” […]

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SQL Server 2014 – Buffer Pool Extension

In an ideal world (well, a DBA’s ideal world, anyway) all database servers would have enough memory to hold every last byte of data we would need to store. We wouldn’t worry about disk latency, and PAGEIOLATCH waits would be nothing more than a distant memory. But you and I, we live in the real […]


SQL Server 2014 – Delayed Durability 2

Pop quiz: What does ACID stand for? That should be a pretty easy question for database professionals: Atomicity Consistency Isolation Durability It’s that last property, durability, that I want to talk about today. Durability guarantees that, when a transaction is committed, it stays committed. The changes made by that transaction are permanent, even in the […]

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