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.

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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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
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