Michael Otey

Michael Otey, senior technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several features articles showing how to take advantage of virtualization in the enterprise as well as reviewing all of the major virtualization products. Follow Michael on Google+ and Twitter.

Articles by Michael Otey
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SQL Server 2014 Launch About What You Don’t Get
Microsoft's data platform vision is all about the future, but there are many SQL Server 2014 users that won’t get any of this cool stuff that makes up this new data platform.
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SQL Server TCP and UDP Ports
Tired of trying to figure out which TCP and UDP ports SQL Server uses? This quick reference points you in the right direction.
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SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition Licensing
Learn whether or not the SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is licensed per user and, if so, if it limited to a single user at a time.
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SQL Server 2014 Express Editions
Learn about the new SQL Server 2014 Express editions.
SQL Server 2014 Hits General Availability—No April Fools
Microsoft releases SQL Server 2014 for General Availability.
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Top 10 New Features in SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2014 has plenty of significant enhancements, but there are no major changes to SSIS, SSRS, or SSRS. Here is Michael Otey's list of the top 10 new features you'll find in SQL Server 2014.

Visual Studio Online FAQs
Microsoft has recently released Visual Studio Online, a newer version of Team Foundation Service. Here are some FAQs about the cloud-based development software.
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The Evolution of SQL Server 2014 2
See how SQL Server has evolved into an enterprise data platform over the past two decades.
Important New Features in SQL Server 2014
SQL Server 2014 has several compelling new features, such as the In-Memory OLTP engine, that might justify an upgrade in your organization.
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SQL Server 2014 RTM Announced, April 1 General Release 2
Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and will be generally available on April 1.
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More FAQs about SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP
Since SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP was announced, there have been many questions from many different people about the new feature and how it works. Here, Mike Otey will answer some of the more frequent questions.
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SQL Server Storage Best Practices 1
Knowing some basic best practices can help you optimize SQL Server's storage availability and performance.
Is Documenting Code a Necessary Evil or Just Plain Wrong?
Should you still document your code?
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SQL Server Log Files Update
To fix SQL Server problems, it's crucial to know as much as possible about the issue. Here are the best places to find log files for troubleshooting.
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Rev Up Application Performance with the In-Memory OLTP Engine
The In-Memory OLTP engine is SQL Server 2014's most important new feature. Here's a look at this revolutionary new technology.
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Apr 23, 2014
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SQL Server Management Studio 2014: Notes from the Field 1

SQL Server Management Studio is a complex application that does a ton of wonderful things and, with SSMS 2014, there are still a couple of quirks or issues that I hope that Microsoft addresses or corrects someday....More
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Apr 15, 2014
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Save Thousands in Licensing Costs for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups 1

Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is a great way to save thousands on licensing—and save yourself some serious headaches when deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn Availabiliity Groups....More
Apr 8, 2014
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NoSQL: Eventual Consistency Yields Major Flaws 2

While I believe that NoSQL can have some places where it legitimately makes sense, I also believe that NoSQL is also the patently wrong choice for a number of different types of applications or use cases....More
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