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What’s New (that matters) In SQL 2014

Microsoft’s release of SQL 2014 might seem like it was an April fool’s joke, but they were quite serious with their general release of SQL 2014 on April 1st 2014.  While there are many high-availability enhancements, and OLTP changes for in-memory operations (all of which are interesting), I would like to highlight some of the […]

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A Very Fond Farewell

As we look towards the coming warm weather, and the change in the seasons, I am looking forward to a change in my professional life as well.  Before I look forward, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the 8+ years of a fantastic journey that has prepared me to take this next […]

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Redshift Economics

There has been much discussion in other blogs and other media about the economies of scale that Amazon is bringing to the market, making large scale computing available at a cost that has impressed many.  The cost structure for their Redshift product appears to be no different.  Based on the current costs, I have put […]

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So what is a column store anyway?

When you think of a database you very naturally think in terms of rows and columns, so a column store is just a different way of saying the same thing… right?… well kind-of… you still access the data in the same ways by asking the same kinds of questions, but the physical layout is quite […]

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And the book is…

“Getting Started with Amazon Redshift” As I have been hinting about in a few posts, I have been busy working on a book.  Now that there is something to see, I wanted to share some details about the project.  It all came about a few months ago with an invitation from the publisher to put […]

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How big is your data?

    I will not take credit for the here, it is something I ran across, but struck me as so very appropriate for the topic I have been beating the drum about since my post about zetabyte storage needs.  It is with those “extreme” storage needs that you need to build and design today’s […]

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You need a Zetta what?

Data, data, everywhere!  I have been doing some reading on data scale, and quite honestly it reminds me a lot of the kinds of feelings I had while taking an astronomy class in college… the scale is simply too large to get your head around. Before we get too far into this, try to imagine […]

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