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We all read the instructions first - right ?

I've been working with the bare metal Hyper V and it's been an interesting time, if you haven't ever encountered windows core then it's a bit of a culture shock, as I understand it SQL Server will be running on windows core very soon ...

DBAs should read this post

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/joe_chang/archive/2010/09/28/benchmark-update-astounding-fujitsu-8-way-xeon-7560-tpc-e-scaling.aspx I am a great admirer of Joe's posts, he's been a source of information and inspiration to me for many years and I wish...
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Why do I bother with RAID 10 ?

Before I post anything I just want to clarify what I mean by RAID 10 , this is sets of mirrored pairs that have been striped as against a RAID 0 which has been mirrored. I've just had a disk failure in the data array for one of my dev servers, it's...

1 Million IOPS

As a keen follower of storage performance I couldn't help but be drawn to this article in The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/14/lsi_million_iops/ this morning. I gave my 5 year old laptop a new lease of life with a SSD and in combination...

When does 2+2 != 4 ?

Disclaimer: Results and observations are from a specific series of tests using sql 2008 enterprise on windows 2008 enterprise. I've been working on a series of benchmarking tests for an application with the aim of showing scaling of the storage for...
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Build Your Own Cluster

In case you've all missed this you can now build a real cluster with just three machines http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2009/05/14/9613924.aspx Windows 2008 Storage Server is now available for msdn and technet download, as the man says now's...
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Storage – The Final Frontier

This is the presentation for the UK SSUG that I gave the other night. The link below is a pdf of all the slides and the script / notes that I wrote to go with each slide.  I’ve not edited this for style or anything – this is as I worked out what...
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Thin Provisioning and ntfs

I'm currently working on a SQL Server storage project and as part of that I'm touching a number of areas that may be of interest to the DBA. The IT industry is full of buzz words, new fads, fashionable terms and so on; and Thin Provisioning was...
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