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4 Ways to Move Data Into a Reporting Server

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You’ve decided that you need to offload reports to a different SQL Server, and you’re willing to pay the costs. Here are the most common ways to move the data from production to a reporting server, arranged roughly from easiest-to-implement to hardest: 1. Log shipping. Log shipping is more of a technique than a feature:…
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Should you run SSAS/SSIS/SSRS on the SQL Server?

When you’re building a new SQL Server, you’re going to see a few intriguing checkboxes during setup. It’s all free, right? Check everything! The services are all free, right? You can just check the boxes for Machine Learning Services, R, Python, Data Quality Services, PolyBase, Integration Services, Analysis Services, and Reporting Services – it’s not…
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Thoughts On Microsoft’s Azure Outage Post-Mortem

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Last week, Azure suffered a day-long outage. One of the services involved was Visual Studio Team Services (aka Azure DevOps), and that team just published their outage postmortem. The postmortem is FANTASTIC: open, honest (at least it reads that way), and goes into enough technical detail to satisfy a wide variety of readers from managers…
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Building a Faux PaaS, Part 3: What the Ideal Engineering Team Looks Like

Background: I’m working with kCura to build a Faux PaaS: something akin to Microsoft’s Azure SQL DB, but internally managed. You can catch up with what we’ve discussed so far in Part 1 and Part 2 of the series. In the last post, I talked about measuring backup and restore throughputs across different instance types, regions, storage configs, and backup locations.…
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