Application and Server Management

DBA – Happiest Job in America

Earlier this year, BusinessNewsDaily published an article that detailed the happiest (and unhappiest) jobs in America. I was thrilled when I discovered that the #1 happiest job title was Database Administrator. Since many of us here at Idera are DBAs and we work closely with thousands more within our customer community, we came up with […]

2014 State of the Cloud Report – Microsoft Coming On Strong


Cloud management provider Rightscale has released a survey of companies and their cloud usage.  It’s very interesting; it differentiates between enterprise and SMBs and has information not just on how many are using cloud technologies but what they are using. 94% of companies are already doing something with cloud technologies 87% of cloud-adopting companies are using public cloud […]

Monitoring Disk Queue Length


Recently, I wrote a blog post about performance counters and why the threshold depends (Performance Counters: Why It Depends). In this post, I talked about why the counter Disk Queue Length is no longer a valid counter to use. Today, I want to elaborate on that and explain why the counter is not relevant today. […]

DBAs looking for work should focus on SQL Server certifications

Certain Microsoft certifications can be a DBA's entry into the IT industry.

Database administrators should have no trouble finding employment opportunities, especially those well-acquainted with Microsoft’s popular SQL Server systems.

Companies must approach security from all fronts

Security is plaguing all types of businesses.

Cybercriminals are winning the battle against businesses and consumers worldwide

Backups made easier with SQL Server 2014

Cloud computing is a key part of SQL Server 2014's backup improvements.

Backups are one of the most important functions of SQL Server databases.

Become who you were born to be: A DBA

DBAs are a hot commodity throughout the IT industry.

Database administrators are receiving plenty of attention in recent years, perhaps making up for the fact that DBAs never received their due until innovative technologies and trends have greatly influenced their job functions.

SQL Server training essential for keeping hackers at bay

Security threats impact all types of businesses and government organizations.

As Jon Snow and his brothers of the Night’s Watch swore a vow to protect the realm from the threats beyond the Wall, similar devotion is required among database administrators to safeguard corporate data and customer information from sophisticated cybercriminals.

SQL Server 2014 features you should know about

Cloud computing is a big part of SQL Server 2014.

Every company and its employees want to know that when the latest version of an IT product builds off of what the previous solution did well and makes improvements to troublesome areas.

Some SQL performance and security tips to think about

Performance and security are two necessities for companies.

Every company wants to achieve two primary goals regarding their databases.