Blair Greenwood

Blair
Greenwood

Blair Greenwood is an associate editor for SQL Server Pro, where she extensively covers database administration, development, and business intelligence industry trends and news. Follow her on Twitter at @blair_greenwood and Google+.

Articles
Microsoft TechEd 2014: Melissa Data's New De-Duplication Functionality in MatchUp for SSIS
Ahead of the Microsoft TechEd 2014 conference, Melissa Data announced that they will be showing off new matching and de-duplication functionality in the company's MatchUp Component for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).
SQL Injection Threat Remains Pervasive
In a study conducted by the Poneman Institute on behalf of DB Networks, research findings showed that SQL injection remains a pervasive threat.
SQL Server Roundup: All You Need to Know for Microsoft TechEd 2014
A recap of this week's news on SQL Server Pro that's dedicated to the Microsoft TechEd 2014 show that's taking place in Houston next week.
SQL Server Vendors to Watch at Microsoft TechEd 2014, Part 2
We're continuing our highlights with another round of SQL Server vendors to keep your eye on at the Microsoft TechEd 2014 show.
Top SQL Server Sessions to Attend at Microsoft TechEd 2014
SQL Server Pro has you covered on all you need to know before attending next week's Microsoft TechEd 2014 conference in Houston, TX.
Top SQL Server Vendors to Watch at Microsoft TechEd 2014, Part 1
We're highlighting top SQL Server vendors to keep your eye on at the Microsoft TechEd 2014 conference in Houston.
SQL Server Spotlight: Tim Ford on IT/Dev Connections, SQL Cruise, and More
Tim Ford is involved in several different facets of the SQL Server space. Not only is he heavily involved in our own IT/Dev Connections conference, but he's also the person behind the annual SQL Cruise technical training event.
SQL Rockstar Thomas LaRock Joins SolarWinds
SolarWinds recently announced that SQL Server expert, Thomas LaRock, is joining the ranks of the company's Head Geek team.
Performance monitoring with performance levels in Azure SQL Database.
Monitor Your Resource Usage with Performance Levels in Azure SQL Database
Along with Microsoft's announcement for new service tiers, the company introduced performance levels that lets users determine their resource usage.
SQL Server Roundup: SQL Server Growth, New Azure SQL Database Support, and More
A recap of this week's news on SQL Server Pro, including Microsoft’s recent earnings call, along with news on added support in Azure SQL Database.
Active-geo replication in SQL Database
Active-Geo Replication Support in Azure SQL Database
Microsoft's active-geo replication support for SQL Database is a great option for those who want to run mission-critical solutions in the cloud.
Service-Service Restore Support in Azure SQL Database
Service-Service Restore support is a built-in feature in Azure SQL Database that automatically creates daily database and logs backups every five minutes.
Microsoft Announces New Azure SQL Database Tiers
Microsoft is cleaning house by replacing its current cloud-database service tiers with new ones. According to the company, it is retiring its SQL Database Web and Business service tiers on April 24, 2015.
Microsoft Q3 Earnings Call: SQL Server Continues to Grow

During Microsoft's Q3 earnings call yesterday, the company generated a net income of $5.66 billion on revenues of $20.40 billion. Additionally, the Devices and Consumer sector within Microsoft grew 12 percent to $8.30 billion, and commercial revenue grew 7 percent to $12.23 billion.

Database, Backup & Recovery Finalists Announced for Best of TechEd 2014 1
After evaluating a multitude of entries in the database industry, SQL Server Pro has selected finalists for the Best of TechEd 2014 awards.

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Sep 1, 2015
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Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
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