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+.

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SQL Server Roundup: SQL Server 2014 Adoption, Business Intelligence Tools
A recap of this week's news on SQL Server Pro, including insights on SQL Server 2014 adoption, Microsoft's new Analytics Platform System that's bringing a data culture to every organization, and new third-party business intelligence solutions.
Build a Data-Driven App in Seconds with Espresso Logic's Live Browser Tool
Espresso Logic recently announced a new product, Live Browser, that lets companies build data-driven apps in 30 seconds with no programming experience needed.
Potential Barriers to Upgrade to SQL Server 2014 Include Cost, Planning 1
In a poll conducted by SQL Server Pro, findings revealed that the majority of readers aren't planning to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 anytime soon.
SQL Server Spotlight: Forerunner Software CEO and Founder, Jason Carlson
Jason Carlson, CEO and founder of Forerunner Software, provides insights into the state of the SQL Server industry, after having worked at Microsoft for 15 years.
Microsoft's New Analytics Platform System: Big Data in a Box
Microsoft's newly-announced Analytics Platform System lets users query across both traditional relational data warehouses and data that's stored in a Hadoop region for better manageability and flexibility of your data.
Gain Insights Into Your SQL Server Databases on Any Browser, Mobile Device
Forerunner Software's Mobilizer 2.0 lets you gain insights into the health of your SQL Server databases on any browser or mobile device.
Top SQL Server Highlights: Microsoft's Plan for Data
A recap of this week's news on SQL Server Pro, including insights on Microsoft's strategic direction for SQL Server, the impact of the Heartbleed vulnerability, and happenings at this week's Red Hat Summit conference.
Celebrating Microsoft SQL Server 2014: Plenty for DBAs to Get Excited About
At a customer event in San Francisco today, Microsoft celebrated the release of SQL Server 2014 and shared its broader set of plans for its data strategy.
Satya Nadella shares Microsoft's plan to make data available to enterprises and
Satya Nadella on Bringing a Data Culture to Every Organization, Individual 1
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared his insights into the company's data strategy and how it plans to make data accessible to everyone.
Red Hat Summit: OpenShift Now Integrated with Hortonworks Data Platform
At the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, the company announced how its integrating its OpenShift solution into the Hortonworks Data Platform to increase the speed of Big Data application development.
Top SQL Server Articles to Wrap Up Your Week, April 11, 2014
Here's our top five picks for SQL Server content to get you through the work day. We've got you covered with free SQL Server tools, news, and technical content.
SQL Sentry Power Suite 8.0 Improves Performance Tuning, Optimization
SQL Sentry Power Suite 8.0, a tool that works in conjunction with Microsoft SQL Server, includes improvements for better database performance tuning and optimization.
See tips on how to fix the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug.
OpenSSL's Major Security Flaw: Protect Your Data with this Fix
The OpenSSL security flaw has the capacity to expose sensitive data, including passwords, bank details, and even your Social Security number.
Bring DevOps to Microsoft SQL Server with DBmaestro
DBmaestro has recently launched its DevOps solution, TeamWork for Microsoft SQL Server, which helps increase the efficiency or agile and continuous delivery processes.
StorTrends iDATA analysis tool
Make Informed Storage Decisions with Free StorTrends iData Software Analysis Tool
American Megatrends recently announced the availability of its StorTrends iDATA tool, where organizations can get a handle on their entire IT infrastructure's performance, capacity, and throughput requirements.

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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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