From my posts about LiteSpeed for SQL Server and juggling cross-platform databases with Foglight®, you guys know how much I dig being a DBA, right? I mean, it’s not like I make much of a secret of it.
I was even born with the right initials to be a DBA. It’s the kind of work my parents raised me to do. Who wouldn’t like that?
You wanna know one thing I don’t like?
I like things that go fast. Like, lightning-fast. So the guys at work got me this lightning bolt t-shirt in the picture, knowing how I like fast things and what kinda guy I am.
I like clicking a button and seeing a SQL Server database get backed up in no time. Zip! Or clicking another button and seeing it get restored even faster. Zap!
Where is it? In the cloud? On tape? In network storage? Who cares, as long as it’s fast? Whoosh!
I don’t do slow, and I don’t know any DBAs who do.
And when I can back up or restore multiple instances fast and I don’t even have to think about it, that’s dope. DBA all day.
Backup and recovery at the speed of light? Is that a thing?
If so, I’ll take it.
So when Jason Hall at Quest called to ask me to plug their webcast about backing up and recovering SQL Server databases at the speed of light, it was me all over. I’m like, “What are you gonna talk about on the webcast?” and he’s like, “LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.6.”
“LiteSpeed, huh? I don’t like tools that slow me down. Is LiteSpeed fast?”
“Yep. That’s why I want you to be the guy to help promote the webcast.”
“DBAs will call b.s. if you say it’s fast and it isn’t.”
“It’s fast. It shortens your maintenance windows and speeds up recovery.”
“Name three things that make it fast,” I said. “DBAs want to know this stuff.”
“I know they do. You forget I’m a DBA. First, in the webcast I’m going to cover how LiteSpeed uses compression to reduce backup footprint and accelerate backup and recovery compared to other enterprise backup solutions. It has eight levels of compression so you can optimize the compression ratio against CPU utilization.
“Second, suppose you want to restore from backup only the records of people named Dave in the customer table of your database. You can query backup files and restore individual objects without taking all the time for a full database restore. That’s a biggie.
“Third, you can set up and manage all your backup and recovery jobs from one location, then deploy them to hundreds of instances and thousands of databases — in minutes.
I had to ask.
“Dude, are you reading that?”
“Yeah,” he said, “but it’s still true. So what do you think? Will you write a post about the webcast?”
“Sure. I’ll blog about your webcast, Backup and Recovery at the Speed of Light.”
“When is it?”
“It’s on December 19, 2017. From 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific time.”
“OK. Consider it posted.”
“One more thing,” he said. “How do I get a lightning bolt t-shirt like yours?”
I just laughed.
“You write a blog post for me someday, OK? Then I’ll ask Claudia to hook you up with one.”