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.

New Features in Visual Studio 2013
Learn about the top new features in Visual Studio 2013.
The In-Memory Revolution
Learn about SQL Server 2014's In-Memory OLTP Engine
SQL Views: Steps to Setting Up SQL Agent
SQL Server Agent is a handy job-scheduling program built for SQL Server; with it, users can easily create essential jobs and specify what steps will be taken, when a job will be executed, set alerts for specific events, and more.
Reflections from IT/Dev Connections 2013
Michael Otey shares the hot trends explored at IT/Dev Connections 2013.
Changes to SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn Availability Groups
Learn about the new AlwaysOn Availability Group features in SQL Server 2014.
Microsoft Faces Uncertain Times
Whoever winds up running Microsoft they have a tough and uncertain climb ahead
In the Age of Cloud Computing and BYOD, Does the Client Even Matter? 1
IT today is on the brink of a couple of important evolutionary maybe even revolutionary steps. The proliferation of end user devices is exploding. What hasn’t kept pace is IT’s ability to support the devices that users want—both from a management standpoint and an application development standpoint
Transparent Data Encryption FAQs
SQL Server has several built-in data protection technologies, and one of the most important is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE). Here are some of the most common FAQs about TDE.
SQL Server Cloud Choices
As Microsoft’s rapid release cycle begins to heat up with upcoming releases of SQL Server 2014, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 it’s clear that the cloud is becoming an ever deeper part of Microsoft’s server line.
In-Memory OLTP Engine FAQs 1
In-Memory OLTP Engine (formerly code named Hekaton) in the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release promises some big performance improvements for your OLTP applications. These FAQs will help you learn more about it.
Has Microsoft Gotten Too Far Ahead of Its Customers? 4
As I was listening to the keynote and other presentations at the TechEd 2013 conference in New Orleans, I couldn’t help but think that Microsoft might be getting too far out in front of its customer base.
New Features in SQL Server 2014 1
Microsoft announced SQL Server 2014 at its TechEd conference. Here are some important new features in SQL Server 2014 that you might want to learn more about.
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Integrating SQL Server and the Cloud
There are ways that you can incorporate the cloud into your operations without taking the giant step of moving your mission critical databases into the cloud.
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SQL Server Encryption Options 4
SQL Server 2012 can encrypt data--and has many different encryption capabilities. Let us guide you through which ones to use.
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Sep 12, 2014

Managing a Healthy SQL Server Database: Three Principles We Overlook

In managing a database or sometimes numerous databases, we often get caught up in the day-to-day maintenance and lose sight of the other principles we know are critical to ensuring optimal performance. Here’s a quick refresher....More
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Sep 9, 2014

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 5: Setting Up Failover Alerts

Alerts represent a great way to take a proactive stance on being notified or alerted when something ugly, potentially ugly, or important happens on a SQL Server. On most servers that I manage, I typically deploy a whole bevy of different alerts....More
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Sep 5, 2014

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 4: Synchronizing Server-Level Details

When setting up HA or HA+DR solutions with SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, it's critical to remember that the basic unit of failover in these scenarios is the availability group (or the group of user-defined databases)....More
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