• 23 Jan 2017

    Backup Appliance or Backup Software?

    Customers often have to choose whether a backup appliance is a good fit, or a standalone software solution. On the surface, this may seem to be an easy answer, but in reality, there are numerous factors that dictate which route is a better option. I will discuss some key differences between the two approach to try and help navigate the decision-making process. Software Appliance Provides the...
    • 22 Jan 2017

    Don't Let Your Disaster Recovery Plan Be a Disaster

    The boxer, Mike Tyson, once said, "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth." The same goes with most Disaster Recovery Plans for data in environments today. Everything is clicking along good until something happens, hum...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    It’s OFFICIAL. TAPE IS DEAD!

    THIS JUST IN!!! It’s finally official! TAPE IS DEAD! When I meet with customers they ask me the same question. How do I get rid of tape? They don’t want to manage the day-to-day life with tape. Worrying about cleaning the tape drives and keeping track of the labels and where the tapes go. But they do like the cost of tape. It’s very budget friendly. So once again… How do I get rid of tape? Rapid...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    "Sorry, you're just not my type." - Change Data Types Between Databases

    “Sorry, you're just not my type.” The one sentence, no one ever wants to hear, after the first date with someone you thought you had a made a great connection with. The sudden empty feeling in your stomach and the emotional letdown fr...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    What was my Database Waiting on Overnight?

    The data that we get in Foglight Performance Investigator for SQL Server and Oracle is shown on the default dashboards to provide actionable insights. But sometimes you want to get a bit more granular. There was a report in the deprecated Performance Analysis that showed wait events broken down by hour. A customer recently asked me to duplicate the report using the Performance Investigator data. There is a manual...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    Your 2017 Priority – Optimize AD for Office 365

    Does your 2017 IT “To Do List” include a Microsoft Office 365 migration? If you’re preparing for a move to the cloud, you’ve probably realized that most Office 365 deployments feature synchronization between an on-premises Active Directory environment with Azure Active Directory, particularly if moving from a traditional Microsoft platform. A hybrid Active Directory environment is extremely common...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    Similar Solutions and Customer Conversations: Spotlight and Foglight

    I normally write about specific aspects of the solutions that I support, but I thought I'd try something a little different today. For those of you that don't know, I'm a sales engineer supporting Quest's Database Performance Monitoring portfolio. For people concerned about SQL Server performance, there are two similar solutions within this portfolio: Spotlight On SQL Server Enterprise and Foglight . When...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    Database Developers: Start 2017 by Developing at the Speed of Agile

    What’s the only thing harder than running hurdles? Running them while trying to catch up to someone going faster. And making sure that you don’t lose your 3-step stride. Or knock over a hurdle. Or completely lose your footing. What&rsquo...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    The server is down! – The CEO is on the phone and wants to know who you are.. Just another day in backup..

    RTO and RPO..Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery Point Objectives. These terms are very common today when we speak of backup philosophy. One size does not fit all, each customer will have different views on what they deem acceptable RTO/RPO for the...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    Better Together: SAN Replication and Disaster Recovery Replication

    Production SAN environments are becoming more and more prevalent in businesses across the board from SMB all the way to large enterprise. A SAN gives you the ability to have a central pool of storage that is high speed and modular to an extent. You ...
    • 19 Jan 2017

    5 Lessons Learned in Building a Business Continuity Program

    Early in my career I was charged with creating a recovery program for my company. The CEO counted on me to find a way to make sure everything was protected and recoverable to meet the needs of the business and in case of a disaster. Of course this new project came about after a MASSIVE outage and millions of dollars were lost. At the time I didn’t realize that this process was actually called Business Continuity...
    • 18 Jan 2017

    Using Change Auditor to Enforce Your Privileged Account Management Strategy

    Accounts with excess privileges is a common issue for today’s organizations. Scaling back these permissions is often a challenge. You need data to back up why a certain account is over privileged for its purpose within the organization. Change ...