Survey results around purchase and use of SSDs

Back at the start of July I kicked off a survey around your plans for SSDs (see here) and now I present the results to you. There's not much to editorialize here, but the numbers are interesting to see.   The "other" answers were (verbatim): 3 x 'have bought and am trying them out' 3 […]

RunAs Radio interview with Paul and Kimberly

Last week we sat down with our good friends Richard Campbell and Greg Hughes of RunAs Radio and recorded an interview about how to learn effectively, plus some of the usual nonsense and insults. Check it out at Enjoy!

T-SQL Tuesday #008: Top ten mistakes to make when attending a class

Every month there's a flurry of blog posts around the same topic – it's called T-SQL Tuesday and is a neat concept. This month it's being driven by Robert Davis (blog|twitter), who I had the pleasure of teaching in the March rotation of the Microsoft Certified Master – SQL class (he passed first time) and […]

Benchmarking: Introducing SSDs (Part 2: sequential inserts)

Over the last month we've been teaching in Europe and I haven't had much time to focus on benchmarking, but I've finally finished the first set of tests and analyzed the results. You can see my benchmarking hardware setup here, with the addition of the Fusion-io ioDrive Duo 640GB drives that Fusion-io were nice enough […]

We’ll be at PASS in November – will you?

This November Brent, Kimberly and I will be at the PASS Summit in Seattle as usual doing workshops and Spotlight Sessions (90 minute sessions to dive deeply into a subject). The PASS Summit is an excellent learning, networking and socializing event – we always have a great fun! Here's what SQLskills will be doing and we really […]

August SQL class filling up fast – space still available!

With exactly a month to go until our 5-day Immersion event in Bellevue, WA we've got 25 people registered for the class (wow!) and space for a few more! It's going to be a *really* good class – with people flying in from all over the country to spend the week with us. We're also […]

Survey: SSD purchasing and deployment plans

It's been a while since I conducted blog surveys so I'm going to do a few through July and August. First up – I'd like to know what your plans are for purchasing SSDs – do you already have them or are you planning to buy some in the next year? Secondly – I'd like […]

Log file configuration metrics for 17000 databases

(Happy Independence Day to everyone back home in the USA! We’re in Dublin for another week…) Back at the end of April I conducted a survey of transaction log characteristics (see here) and now I present the results to you. I had a great response to the survey from almost 100 people, and the total […]