3 Ways To Master A New SQL Server Feature

Last week, announcements were made about when SQL Server 2016 will be released for general availability or what is commonly referred to as GA. With new releases come new features. And with the increased frequency of version releases, it’s hard to catch up with all the learning. This is one of the reasons why we still […]

Outsourcing Your SQL Server Data Archival Process

The Use Case for SQL Server 2016 Stretch-enabled Database

When I first started driving in North America, one of the things that I noticed along the freeway is a self-storage facility. Having not seen one before, I asked my dad what they were for – they are space rented out on a short-term basis where you can keep your personal stuff. If people don’t have enough space […]

The US$ 50,000 Nested Parenthesis

A Follow-Up On the New SQL Server 2016 Availability Groups Load Balancing of Read-Only Replicas

In a previous blog post, I talked about the new SQL Server 2016 Availability Groups Load Balancing of Read-Only Replicas feature (I know that’s a mouthful but it’s how I understand the concept.) I explained how the precedence rules in defining how the read-only workload is balanced across multiple readable secondary replicas using nested parenthesis. One […]

Introducing the New SQL Server 2016 Availability Groups Load Balancing of Read-Only Replicas

About four years ago, I did my very first webcast on the Availability Groups feature in SQL Server 2012. The premise of the presentation was how we can provide high availability features to existing SQL Server workloads without making changes to the underlying storage. For my demo, I used an existing database mirroring configuration for high […]