Tom Davidson

Tom
Davidson

Tom Davidson is a program manager for Microsoft's SQL Server development organization. As a SQL Server architecture expert and part of the Customer Advisory Team, he works with customers to improve their SQL Server–based applications' performance. He frequently writes and speaks about SQL Server performance.

Articles
64-Bit Vs. 32-Bit Memory Management 1
Learn about memory-utilization differences between 64-bit and 32-bit SQL Server.
Minding Memory 1
Understanding how SQL Server uses memory is an essential step in performance tuning. Members of Microsoft’s SQL Server Development Customer Advisory Team show you how they find information about SQL Server’s memory utilization.
Opening Microsoft's Performance-Tuning Toolbox 9
Microsoft's SQL Server Customer Advisory Team uses a repeatable methodology involving waits and queues to diagnose and solve customer performance problems. In this article, the team opens its toolbox and shares its effective techniques.
Diagnosing Network Problems 1
Diagnosing network problems is an important part of any performance-tuning process. This sidebar describes how to use the NETWORKIO wait type to determine whether network problems are affecting your system's performance.

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Mar 17, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
Commentary

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
blog

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
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