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Full day PreCon Practical Performance Analysis in Melbourne at Asia & Australia Tour 2018

As it has almost become a habit by now for me, I will be touring Asia this summer. This year not only Asia, but for the first time also Australia. (There, however, is winter, which sometimes leads to funny confusion in agreements until you get used to this.) 1st stop: Singapore – Azure SQL Database […]

Survey: patched for Meltdown & Spectre?

It has been over 4 weeks now that the very serious security bugs named Meltdown and Spectre, affecting almost any CPU made in the last decade, have been publicized and patches have been made available for various systems and software. Some patches even had to be withdrawn and recreated (AMD had not maintained its documentation). In […]

The No Good, Terrible Processor Flaw and SQL Server Deployments

You can find this article by Allan Hirt at its original location: http://sqlha.com/2018/01/04/no-good-terrible-processor-flaw-sql-server-deployments-nearly-everything-need-know/  

Separation of Duties (SoD) and role-based security conception in SQL Server

Introduction With the upcoming implementation of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, having a security concept in place is essentially required by law. Microsoft SQL Server, just like other database systems, carries the main asset to protect: the data itself. Therefore, it is time for an article from a more strategic […]

Sarpedon Quality Lab presenting SQL Server 2016 In-Memory and Security Features in Arabia at SQL Gulf 3

مرحبا (“MARR-hah-bah”, Arabic: Hello) This year takes me to yet another part of the world: I have been invited to speak at THE SQL Server Conference in the Middle East: at SQL Gulf 3 taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 23rd.

Sessions submitted for major conferences 2016. Topics: Security – Performance – In-Memory

After the great success of the German SQLKonferenz in February, where I had the honor of presenting the new security features of SQL Server 2016 together with Joachim Hammer, the Program Manager of the security teams of the relational SQL Engines at Microsoft in Redmond (more info), I finally found time to go about the […]

SQLKonferenz in Darmstadt: Presenting the Security Features of SQL Server 2016 with the program manager of the security-teams from Redmond

This year, from 23 to 25 February, the 3rd ”SQLKonferenz” takes place in Darmstadt. And this year represents a particular peak for me in two regards: For one, my company, Sarpedon Quality Lab®, is for the first time Silver Sponsor of the conference. In this way, I am supporting PASS Deutschland e.V., the German SQL […]

Security-Fixes for SQL Server and why Security Best Practices Matter

With 14 July 2015, quite precisely one year after the first security bugs in 5 years had to be fixed, we have been given a new reason to test one’s security patching policy. – Provided that you have such a policy for SQL Server.

SQL Server 2016 – the Security & Performance Release

The news broke in early May: That’s when Satya Nadella presented SQL Server 2016 at the Microsoft Ignite-Conference in Chicago. I can already say that SQL Server 2016 will be one of the most exciting releases in recent years. And that’s because this time it’s clearly focused on security. Next to performance features, security features […]

Performance/ Management Data Warehouse Data Collector & AlwaysOn Availability Groups

This time, we are dealing with the „MDW“, short for Management Data Warehouse,( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb677306.aspx), which I like to recommend as a minimal performance logging-approach. From time to time, and most recently in the context of my PASS Essential „SQL Server Analysis tools & Techniques for Performance und general Monitoring“, the question arises as to whether […]