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Merits of a SQL Server Performance Analyzer vs. Performance Monitor(s)

Abstract SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) is a performance analysis product unlike other resource-focused health and alerting monitors; it allows a comprehensive determination of why a particular TSQL statement or stored procedure is slow or creating a performance issue. DPA achieves its performance analysis using wait-based analytics vs. resource utilization/consumption approach. By using this technology, […]

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Discovery in the Virtual Environment

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know Last week, I provided an explanation of virtualization that even your grandmother could relate to and understand. I also listed a set of skills that were imperative to any virtualization admin’s long-term career success: discovery, alerting, remediation, and troubleshooting. This week I’ll cover what we mean when we […]

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The Five Commandments of Tomorrow’s Network

    Recently, I’ve been giving some thought  to the roadblocks I discover when I attempt network automation and orchestration, and how those roadblocks impact the software-defined data center idea as a whole. As a result, I have a few suggestions for how to prepare a network – and the thought process – for the future. Thou shalt document […]

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Using SQL Server FileTables Part 2

SQL Server 2014’s FileTable provides an easy way to integrate the Windows Server file system with SQL Server’s relational database. In part 1, I covered the basic requirements and limitations of the FileTable feature as well as showing you how to create a FileTable. In this article, you’ll see how you can load data into […]

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Virtualization Basics: Remediation

Fix It Now: It’s how you keep your job Last week, I covered alerting as a skill that allows virtualization admins to quickly surface information about potential or likely incidents. In theory, what is surfaced is the single point of truth. But an ugly fact of reality is that no matter how good your alerting […]

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Top 5 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Monitoring and Optimization Tools

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a web-based cloud computing solution offering scalable storage and content delivery, with no physical overhead. Virtualization with AWS works on a pay-as-you-go basis, which means your business isn’t forced to invest in virtual services beyond your immediate needs. Because AWS offers nearly every component of a physical computer, it allows […]

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