Vic Newell


Vic Newell is a senior database architect in Knoxville, Tennessee. He and his wife of 17 years, Rita, have four cats, numerous birds, and a gaggle of four-footed varmints. Vic enjoys consulting with local and worldwide clients to solve tough performance and design issues. In addition, he is an instructor of advanced SQL and enterprise data modeling. Vic has been designing and building high-performance mission-critical systems for over 18 years.

Using Effective Dating in Type Tables 1
By utilizing effective dating in your type tables, you can track when a record is created, modified, and removed, which can prevent reporting and archiving problems.
The Trouble with Type Tables 6
Type tables ensure that your database design is understandable and documented. Here's how to correctly set them up.
4 Ways to Purge Non-Partitioned Data
In an ideal world, all data would be partitioned and deleting huge amounts of it would be easy. Because we don't live in an ideal world, here are four ways to purge large amounts of non-partitioned data.
Sidebar: The Pseudo-Parallel Approach to Purging Non-Partitioned Data 1
Parallelizing operations is easy in Oracle. SQL Server doesn't offer this capability, but you can run parallel operations.

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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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