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  • Blog Post: How Does the Cloud Change a Developer's Job?

    I've recently posted a blog on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization , another on how the cloud changes a Database Administrator's job , and the last post dealt with the Systems Administrator . In this post I'll cover the changes facing the Software Developer...
  • Blog Post: How Does the Cloud Change a Systems Administrator's Job?

    I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization , and another on how the cloud changes a database administrator's job . This time I'll cover a few of the changes the cloud brings for the Systems Administrator . The systems administrator...
  • Blog Post: How Does the Cloud Change a Database Administrator’s Job?

    I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization . In a way, the Systems Architect has the easiest transition to a new way of using computing technologies. In fact, that’s actually part of the job description. I mentioned that...
  • Blog Post: How Does the Cloud Change a Systems Architect’s Job?

    I know - I said I didn't like the "cloud" term, but my better-phrased "Distributed Systems" moniker just never took off like I had hoped. So I'll stick with the "c" word for now, at least until the search engines catch up with my more accurate term. I thought I might spend a little time on how the...
  • Blog Post: High Availability for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in the Cloud

    Outages, natural disasters and unforeseen events have proved that even in a distributed architecture, you need to plan for High Availability (HA). In this entry I'll explain a few considerations for HA within Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service ...
  • Blog Post: Book Review (Book 7) - Think Stats

    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for December 2011 was: Think Stats, by Allen B. Downey .  Why I chose this Book: I originally chose another book for this month, but...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Distributed Computing System Using a Windows Azure Queue

    The Windows Azure Queue component, like all Windows Azure components (Roles, Storage, App Fabric, SQL Azure) can be used by itself or with other Windows Azure components. That’s why I refer to Windows Azure as “Distributed Computing” rather than “cloud”. Having a distributed off premise queue has a lot...
  • Blog Post: Rip and Replace or Extend and Embrace?

    As most of you know, I don’t like the term “cloud” very much. It isn’t defined, which means it can be anything. I prefer “distributed computing”, which is more technically accurate and describes what you’re doing in more concrete terms. So when you think about...
  • Blog Post: You Probably Already Have a “Private Cloud”

    I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of the word “Cloud”. It’s too marketing-oriented, gimmicky and non-specific. A better definition (in many cases) is “Distributed Computing”. That means that some or all of the computing functions are handled somewhere other than under your specific control. But...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: High-Performance Computing (HPC)

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: High-Performance Computing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Hybrid Applications

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Organizations see the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Web Applications

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Many applications have...
  • Blog Post: Cluster Nodes as RAID Drives

    I'm unable to sleep tonight so I thought I would push this post out VERY early. When you don't sleep your mind takes interesting turns, which can be a good thing. I was watching a briefing today by a couple of friends as they were talking about various ways to arrange a Windows Server Cluster for...
  • Blog Post: How Does Microsoft Do IT?

    Microsoft is a big company – and of course we have a lot of IT infrastructure that we have to manage. It might surprise you to learn that we have an IT group, just like at your company. We have a networking team, a server hardware team, software teams, DBA’s, the whole bit. In fact, we have more Mac...
  • Blog Post: Learning New Tech on SQL Server Virtualization – From Vendors

    I’m at PASS this year, and one of the things I’ve learned this time is that I can learn from – the vendors!  Most of the “big” names are here, like Idera, Redgate, Quest, and more, but I ran into some folks yesterday I hadn’t spoken with before – XKoto. I’m actually surprised I hadn’t run into them...
  • Blog Post: Win7 – Install SQL Server Native or go Virtual PC?

    I have Windows 7 on my laptop, and I also teach, demo and use SQL Server 2005 and SQL server 2008. Should I install this “native” on my outside operating system or use the Virtual PC (VPC) software that comes with Windows 7? Well, there are arguments for each. It’s far simpler to start up SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: The 20 Queries

    In the book “The Fourth Paradigm” , Jim Gray describes the modeling process he came up with modeling large databases. He was working with scientists, researchers and others, and the data sets they were generating were huge – terabytes of data at a time. To even come up with an entity model was a daunting...
  • Blog Post: Security Patches and the Conficker Worm

    Well, the media has done their usual stellar job on computer technology subjects, so after this weekend you may have gotten some questions about the Conficker worm. Here's a few pointers to hand out to the relatives and associates: Microsoft released an out of band security bulletin last October that...
  • Blog Post: Article on SQL Server Chargeback

    I posted the first part of the article on SQL Server Chargeback strategies over on InformIT: http://www.informit.com/guides/content.aspx?g=sqlserver&seqNum=311 The big point to make is that you will have to develop this system yourself, since there is no way a vendor can decide how much you should...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Chargeback?

    Whenever economic situations change, the IT department has to adapt. The situation in many shops is that IT is a recurring cost, carried by the entire business. What that means is that your IT department is asked to service the entire organization, no matter how much it grows or shrinks. But that...
  • Blog Post: Of Patterns and Practices

    Does the data professional need to know about Patterns and Practices? Well, if you're on the development side of things, you're more than likely already familiar with this term. At the bottom it's a list of "best practices" that you use to solve computing problems. But does the data administrator...
  • Blog Post: Is a Comprehensive Data Map Possible?

    Most of us design a "CRUD" (Create, Read, Update and Delete) matrix for an application's database. And if you are really thorough, you create a data dictionary that shows what data goes where and why. The problem with these documents is that over time more data elements are added (sometimes...
  • Blog Post: Are You Archiving Your Data?

    Computer technology has been a fixture of business now for several decades - but I'm not sure it's a "mature" industry yet. Sure, we have a few standards, and some dominant vendors and a strong workforce - all earmarks of a mature industry - but there are some gaping holes that we still have...
  • Blog Post: Remote Connectivity

    By now you've probably seen all the news reports about the bad weather , or perhaps you don't need the news - you're stuck in it as well. Here in Seattle we're simply not used to this kind of snow level down below the mountains. We have lots of steep hills that have now got over a foot of snow and an...
  • Blog Post: Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss...

    In an article I read recently by Ian Bramley from Mainframe Executive Magazine, several advantages were put forth on why you should consider moving to or staying on mainframe applications. Many of these dealt with downtime and security, which I’ll capitulate that the mainframe environ does better with...
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