Jeff James

Jeff
James

Jeff James is industry news analyst for Windows IT Pro. He was previously editor-in-chief of Microsoft's TechNet Magazine, was an editorial director at the LEGO Company, and has more than 15 years of experience as a technology writer and journalist.

Articles
SQL Server Backup and Recovery Software 2
Tips from SQL Server backup and recovery experts can help you decide when to upgrade from SQL Server's native backup capability to a third-party solution, and what features to look for.
LINQ (Language Integrated Query)
What is LINQ? We'll describe what LINQ is in this first post to our new SQL Server Magazine online glossary.
SQL Server Hardware Poll: AMD or Intel?
When it comes to powering the most mission-critical SQL Server apps, which CPU brand do you rely on?
Views from the Field: Expert Advice on Virtualizing SQL Server 3
SQL Server and virtualization gurus from Quest Software, Microsoft, VMware, and Rochester General Health Systems offer their suggestions for running SQL Server in a virtual environment.
SQL Server Magazine Forums Updated
We've added a new section devoted to SQL Server 2008 in our SQL Server Magazine forums.
Author Chat with Itzik Ben-Gan, Andrew Kelly, and Michael Otey
SQL Server Magazine invites you to participate in a live chat with SQL Server Magazine authors Itzik Ben-Gan, Andrew Kelly, and Michael Otey on Friday, November 7th, at 7:00pm EST/6:00pm CST.
Awards Recognizee the Best of TechEd Developers 2008
For our seventh annual awards issue, our judges traveled to Orlando to take a close look at the finalists in our Best of TechEd awards process and bring you the top third-party SQL Server development products. The envelope, please!
Embarcadero Completes Acquisition of CodeGear
Roughly two months after it announced that it would acquire CodeGear from Borland, database tools developer Embarcadero Technologies issued a news release on July 1st announcing that it has completed the acqusition.
SQL Farms and Microsoft: Fact or Fiction?
A recent story we posted about Microsoft licensing technology from SQL Farms has generated some interesting responses, chiefly from two of the three parties involved in the supposed licensing deal.
Microsoft Licenses SQL Farms Technology
According to a news release issued earlier today by investment bank DeParis Redinger LLC, Microsoft has purchased technology from SQL Farms LLC, a Herndon, VA-based developer of management tools and utilities for Microsoft SQL Server.
New Products - 27 Jun 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server–related products from Data Dynamics, iT-Workplace, AVIcode, ApexSQL, and Thomas Smyczek.
Sun Acquires MySQL AB: Now What?
Jeff James discusses the recent acquisition of MySQL AB by Sun Micrososystems.
New Products - 28 May 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server–related products from Fujitsu, NetPro, Confio, and Secerno.
New Products - 28 Mar 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products from Datanamic Solutions B.V., CNS International, Caber Computing, and Microsoft.
New Products - 28 Feb 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products from OmBelt Solutions, Red Gate Software, ScriptLogic, Future IT Software, and Stimulsoft.

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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 5

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
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