Glenn Berry talks about some upcoming AMD processors, which he says may change the server processor landscape.
The next release of Microsoft SQL Server, announced as SQL Server 2017, is available for download in CTP2 at http://tinyurl.com/SQLvNextLinux and offers many cool new features. One set of features that I really want to focus on is adaptive query processing. These new features speed processing of workloads, especially those that have historically been the […]
Get the slides and Transact-SQL demo scripts from my recent presentation at the Baltimore SQL Server user group meeting.
Guest author Derik Hammer (@SQLHammer) dismisses the common myth that table variables perform better than #temp tables because they are always in memory.
Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand) begins a new series aimed at debunking common myths about SQL Server performance.
Way back in the summer of 2014, I told you about how I used DB-Engines.com to determine the popularity of various data management tools and vendor platforms. Plus, by adding in an analysis Google Trends I can see where the overall trends that I'm interested in are headed. Staying up with the trends isn't just […]
Melissa Coates provides an overview of in-memory technologies in SQL Server, including columnstore indexes and memory-optimized tables, with an emphasis on columnstore indexes.
There's a very handy new tool from Microsoft called the Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA). The DEA makes it very easy to conduct A/B testing for SQL Server upgrades, providing quantitative insight into the performance differences across two versions of a database workload on SQL Server. READ MORE… Originally Posted February 08, 2017
When monitoring SQL Server for performance, you should know which counters matter, and why. MVP Allen White explains 15 common and relevant counters.
One of the long-standing differentiators between SQL Server's Enterprise Edition (EE) and Standard Edition (SE), besides price, were the large number of features available only in EE. This is also true for other lower editions of SQL Server such as Web Edition and Express Edition. But there's big news in the air! READ MORE… Originally […]
Erin Stellato (@erinstellato) discusses the types of performance data needed to help with capacity planning.
I had the pleasure to spend some time with my old friend Mark Souza, a general manager in the Data Platform team at Microsoft, while speaking at the SQL Saturday event in Dublin, Ireland last summer. Now keep in mind that Mark and I have known each other since the 1990s when SQL Server was […]