I’ve had a lot of conversations with software vendor employees over the years, and I’ve noticed a few things. Understanding these will help you parse what you’re hearing. They’re working on vNext, not vFiveYearsAgo. They’re already hard at work building things that you’re going to use – not this year, and probably not even next year, but a couple of years from now. They’re hearing about groundwork that’s getting laid for powerful future technologies. This makes them really excited for the future, and very dismissive of today’s problems. (An awesome exception: product managers who want to get the word out…Read
Careful observers may have noticed a few little icons at the top of Books Online pages recently: Click to see Books Online, because I know you can’t get enough of that The little round contributors icons take you to their Github profiles, like Rick Byham’s. The all link – well, that doesn’t actually work, because it goes here: https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/sql-docs-pr/blob/live/docs/sql-server/what-s-new-in-sql-server-2017.md Which isn’t visible to the public. Yet. But note that not only is .NET open source, but even Azure’s documentation is open source. That’s right – you can make a pull request and update Azure’s equivalent of Books Online. So it’s…Read
James Rowland-Jones doing the SQLSaturday Vienna keynote At SQLSaturday Vienna last month, James Rowland-Jones (SQLbits organizer, former MVP, consulting company founder, and now Microsoft principal program manager, which is a pretty big deal) said in his keynote speech (paraphrased): “If you’re working with data, breadth is the new depth.” And years ago, Buck Woody (legendary Microsoftie currently doing machine learning and data science) told me: “In a mature market, be a specialist. In an immature market, be a generalist.” Both James and Buck are absolutely right. We’ve all got stories of parents and grandparents who worked in a factory, spent their…Read
In the green trunks… In database-land, MongoDB is the butt of a lot of jokes, but is it really any worse than mainstream databases like Microsoft SQL Server? I’ll list pairs of bugs, and you have to guess whether it’s in MongoDB or SQL Server. You can click on the bug to learn the answer. Question 1: Careful With That Monitoring: Profiling the server causes it to crash Querying instrumentation tables causes the database server to crash Question 2: Locking Up the Shop: Database server stops responding while it’s writing to disk Copying tinyint data from one table to another locks up…Read
Every year that I’ve been renewed as an MVP, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. For years – long before I became an MVP – I always wanted to be a journalist for the community. Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. That means I end up posting things that Microsoft wasn’t happy about, and you’d better believe I got feedback about it. And Microsoft kept awarding me the MVP anyway. For years, that’s been awesome. I’ve always been appreciative of that MVP designation, and I wouldn’t have voluntarily given it up. It’s opened…Read
A few related news posts made me chuckle (in a good way) this week: Microsoft unveils storage arrays with ties into Azure – Their StorSimple 8100 and 8600 can migrate your infrequently-accessed data up to the cloud, sorta giving you infinite capacity for archival. I doubt EMC and NetApp are quaking in their boots, but it still puts hardware partners on notice that Microsoft is willing to brand all kinds of hardware – not just tablets and phones – and use its cloud capacity as a feature. Microsoft possibly working on Azure-in-a-box – it’s not clear yet whether these will…Read
The Professional Association for SQL Server describes itself this way: “PASS is an independent, not-for-profit organization run by and for the community.” Every now and then, PASS runs a popular online event called the 24 Hours of PASS. With a name like that, and a mission statement like PASS’s, you’d assume the speakers would be community members. That was true for years – but this time around, there’s something a little different. The speakers are Microsoft employees (save one co-presenter). The topics focus on marketing SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database. And the 24 Hours of PASS is sponsored by Microsoft.…Read
I should have bought one with an ARM processor. If you’re like me (and I have a feeling you’re not), you’ve always wanted a portable backup SQL Server that you could use for presentations, script authoring, and settling bar bets – but you didn’t want to pay a lot for this muffler. Enter the $250 Dell Venue 8 Pro running full-blown Windows 8.1 (none of that crippled “RT” stuff), an Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. I won it free at SQLSaturday Madison 2014, but I’ve sunk about another $100 into it: 64GB MicroSD card (I…Read
Last week we learned that Microsoft will read your email if they believe you’re sharing their trade secrets. This isn’t illegal – if you sign up for Hotmail, you agree to terms & conditions that give Microsoft the right to poke through your stuff. The case against this blogger appears pretty solid, which makes me wonder – how many bloggers did Microsoft pursue before they settled on this guy? Are they batting a thousand with their investigations, or were there other email-reading incidents that went unreported because they didn’t find enough evidence to win a case? With free email, chat,…Read
I got in a lot of trouble when I wrote that SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition Sucks. That post generated a lot of public discussion, and it also generated a lot of private ill will for me. I heard from several Microsoft folks who were downright angry. How dare I voice an opinion like that? I even heard from MVPs who told me I shouldn’t criticize Microsoft in public, only in private. I didn’t back down, and I didn’t apologize. I believed in the post, and I never heard anyone arguing that Standard should indeed be capped at $500 of…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.