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A series of episodes that look at databases and the world from a data professional's viewpoint. Written and recorded by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral and The Voice of the DBA.

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A series of episodes that look at databases and the world from a data professional's viewpoint. Written and recorded by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral and The Voice of the DBA.

    Real World DevOps

    Real World DevOps

    One of the more interesting aspects of my job is talking about building software with customers. As I do more of this over time, the discussion have changed from "what is DevOps?" to "how do we get started in DevOps" to "how do we improve our DevOps process?" These days so many customers have bought into some aspects of DevOps that the last one is quite common. There are still a number of companies trying to get started with DevOps in some way, but very few people I speak with have no idea of what DevOps is or how why it can improve your company.
    Of course, I'm not sure there's a great standard definition of DevOps. I often lean towards Gene Kim's Three Ways or Microsoft's broad view of the principles. Ultimately, most of the practical things that I find myself discussing are how to smooth the process of integrating code from developers and getting it transferred to production. Everyone wants this to go smoother, with mistakes caught earlier, and with compliance with whatever internal rules, regulatory mandates, and customer demands exist.
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    Confidential VMs

    Confidential VMs

    Ever since we started to offload workloads to hardware that we didn't physically control, there have been security concerns. I remember when this started with application service providers and web workloads. This has continued to be an issue as more and more types of workloads have moved to cloud vendors and other hosting providers.
    Google is trying to ameliorate some of the concerns by offering customers confidential VMs. These are special types of VMs, using encryption and hardware capabilities to protect the workloads from any unauthorized access. I don't know to what extent this practically protects a workload compared to a non-confidential VM, as the details are a bit confusing. I'm sure there is some extra protection, but the weak point in most cases here is still likely the humans that use credentials to access the VM. I'd suspect a determined attacker would try to hack the sysadmin and their laptop rather than the VM itself.
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    Research on the Changing Workplace

    Research on the Changing Workplace

    One of the things that I have admired about Microsoft is their desire to invest in research and try to learn more about subjects that relate to their core business. Microsoft Research has a number of fascinating projects underway all the time, and I enjoy browsing the site once in awhile.
    However, they don't just limit research to this group. They are a data driven culture, and it seems they are constantly using metrics and instrumentation to measure how the entire business works and to glean insights into how they might work better. Recently I saw a report on Microsoft's new work-from-home workforce, driven by a group that helps companies better work with their own employees.
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    A Broken Streak

    A Broken Streak

    SQL Saturday #1 was in Orlando, as the first actual event that has gotten us to nearly 1000 in just over a decade. I didn't go to the first one, but I did go to SQL Saturday #8 and many more since that time. I've been luck to get back to Orlando a few times, and I look forward to more in the future.
    Andy Warren announced that this year's SQL Saturday in Orlando is cancelled. This breaks the longest streak so far, and I'm sad to see that. I wasn't likely to go to Orlando this year, though this city is always on my list. I was hoping the event would take place in some form, but I understand the desire to step back and examine how to move forward.
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    The Old Way or the New Way

    The Old Way or the New Way

    Many of us are employed because of our talent and experience. We get things done and our organization values what we do. We got this position because we did something well, as a DBA, developer, manager, or some other role.
    It's natural that we feel confidence in our abilities and knowledge. However, that shouldn't prevent us from learning new skills, techniques, and patterns for getting work done. As much as many of us want to feel we regularly learn in technology, I often find that customers, clients, and friend struggle to change their habits.
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    Follow Wheaton's Law

    Follow Wheaton's Law

    I've tried to live my life as someone that treats others well, respects them, and cheers for them to succeed. Even before I heard it, I think I was unconsciously following Wheaton's Law (apologies for the slightly off color language).
     
    I think about this often in my life, as a minority in most places I go for work or in society. I've had a lot of success, I'm intelligent, am comfortable talking with people, and many things go my way. At the same time, I'm not any better than anyone else. I try to say hi to the facilities staff at Redgate in the same way I do with my fellow advocates. I may sit and chat with our cooks or cleaning staff just as I might take a moment to chat with a developer.
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7 Ratings

aaig ,

Excellent Podcast

Steve is great at providing information for the Database Administrator. I am a 'part time' DBA. And I get a lot out of this podcast and SQL Sever Central.

Steve Poe ,

Sr. Systems Engineer

I look forward to hearing Steve's podcast each week on what DBA/IT people are going and how the industry is evolving. Balance technical with business goals is always a never-ending opportunity.

MillenniumKnight ,

Steve's shows are great

Steve is a matter-of-fact DBA that has a lot of experience in the trenches of database development and database maintenance. He is a straight-shooter that doesn't pull any punches. He offers his opinions and makes you question what you would do in the same situations. A must listen for anyone responsible for data in an organization.

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