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 Encryption Options 3
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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The SQL Server Community
SQL Server community events like SQL Server Connections and PASS Summit give you a chance to network with your peers while also gaining in-depth training from industry experts.
SQL Server virtualization
Essential Tips for Virtualizing SQL Server
Virtualizing SQL Server provides many benefits. However, due to SQL Server's resource-intensive nature, there are a few best practices you need to follow to make sure your virtualized SQL Server instances perform well.
Growing Big Data
Hadoop, HDInsight Server, and PolyBase are new Big Data technologies that enable organizations to more economically process and analyze large amounts of unstructured data.
4 Essential PowerShell Provider Commands for SQL Server
Learn about 4 essential Windows PowerShell Provider commands for SQL Server that can help you get started using scripted management tasks.
8 Free SQL Server Tools 7
Free SQL Server tools can solve a lot of problems--here are 8 you should take a look at.
SQL Server Education and Training
SQL Server education and training options vary to allow you to find the best match for your personal needs as well as the business needs of your organization.
5 SQL Server Virtualization Tips 2
Here are 5 virtualization tips for virtualizing SQL Server that will help make your instance the best possible one.
Microsoft's David Campbell Discusses Big Data
The growth of several new technologies like Big Data and in-memory databases are significantly changing the role of enterprise database platforms like SQL Server.
Why PowerShell for SQL Server? 2
PowerShell can be a valuable SQL Server management tool, in part, because of its ability to bridge the SQL Server/OS gap and access systems and network resources. However, learning PowerShell isn't always easy.
SQL Server 2012's Hardware and Software Requirements
Learn about the hardware and software requirements for upgrading to SQL Server 2012. It is designed to run on a wide range of computer systems so its minimum hardware requirements are surprising low.
Video: Introduction to SQL Server Data Tools
Michael Otey, technical director for SQL Server Pro, provides a brief introduction to SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT).
Migrating to SQL Server 2012
This step-by-step guide will walk you through upgrading to SQL Server 2012 Enterprise using the installation wizard.
Recent SQL Server Build Numbers 2
Learn about the different SQL Server build numbers, and which ones you have--to get an important piece of management information.
Clearing the Big Hurdles to Big Data
Learn what big data is all about, including the benefits and challenges for SQL Server professionals.
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Save Thousands in Licensing Costs for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups

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Apr 8, 2014

NoSQL: Eventual Consistency Yields Major Flaws

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SQL Server 2014 Now Available—No Joke

Initial word on the street is that SQL Server 2014 has been very stable so far—which is probably why it went to release so quickly and bypassed what would typically have been another pre-release....More
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