Video and Questions from my EightKB session!

I was extremely fortunate to be able to present about data compression at the EightKB SQL Server internals conference last week. If you missed my talk in person, you can now view it, as well as the entire day, on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5BxRvY8sfQ&list=PLr9ab4Dj3Obtx-6v2Sxb-sExQJoEX1TJ2 I was able to answer many questions during the session, but there were a few still left after time ran out. I wanted to address them all, so here they are! With row compression, is the overhead in terms of latency noticeable? I'd argue it's not noticeable. Back when the feature was new in 2008 it was typically…
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What Is A SQL Server Big Data Cluster?

What Is A SQL Server Big Data Cluster?

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDCs) are a highly anticipated feature of SQL Server 2019, but what are they - and how can their capabilities best be leveraged? Let's dig a little deeper and find out. When SQL Server 2017 added support for Linux, the groundwork was laid for integrating SQL Server with Spark, HDFS, and other big data tools which are typically Linux-based. Big Data Clusters in SQL Server 2019 delivers on these integration possibilities and allows for both relational data and big data to be easily combined and analyzed. Big Data Clusters leverage enhancements to PolyBase in SQL…
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I’m a Microsoft Certified Trainer!

I’m a Microsoft Certified Trainer!

I'm very proud to announce that I am now a Microsoft Certified Trainer for 2020-2021! I have benefitted greatly from skilled trainers throughout my career, and am really excited to now be an official member of this group! I'm really looking forward to being a part of the MCT community, and have some big plans for the future now that I have earned this qualification. I would also like to thank John Deardurff for helping to guide me through the application process. What is an MCT? Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are both technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Requirements…
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I’m Speaking at Data Community Weekender Europe!

I am extremely honored to be speaking at a new online conference - the very first Data Community Weekender Europe! Data Community Weekender Europe was created to address the need for an online data platform conference since so many in-person events around the world have been cancelled as of late. It's taking place on Saturday 2nd May 2020. The organizers have put together an amazing schedule consisting of experts from all over the world, and it's going to be awesome! My Session I'll be presenting a session entitled Dipping Your Toes Into Azure Data Lake: What's a Data Lake? This…
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Why You Shouldn’t Convert Old Home Movies To DVD (or Blu-Ray)

Why You Shouldn’t Convert Old Home Movies To DVD (or Blu-Ray)

I have long been the digital archivist of my family, putting countless hours into tracing genealogy, scanning and organizing photos, and, recently, digitizing old videos. For the past few years, my labor of love has been converting VHS, Betamax, and 8mm camcorder tapes to digital formats so they can be preserved. It's been a tremendous undertaking in my spare time that I hope to share details of in the future. But for now, I want to share one tip. If you ever find yourself digitizing old family memories, do not put them on DVD (or Blu-Ray). Why? DVD Media Back…
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