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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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries 1

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 16, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups 1

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
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