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No doubt there will always be a need for trained performance-tuning professionals, but quad-core technology simplifies at least one aspect of the quest for better performance.

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February 1, 2007

1. Perspectives

  • Easing Performance-Tuning with Quad-Core Technology

2. SQL Server Watch

  • Learn About Reporting Services Integration with MOM
  • Product Watch: AquaFold and Sonasoft

3. Hot Articles

  • Tip: Fn_virtualfilestats() Function Reports Reads and Writes
  • Feature: Native XML Web Services in SQL Server 2005
  • Puzzled by T-SQL: Palindromes Puzzle Solutions
  • In a Nutshell: Spatial Indexing
  • Hot Threads: SQL Server 2005 Management Tools Administration

4. Events and Resources

  • Data Protection and Disaster Recovery Tips
  • SQL Server Magazine Connections
  • Jump Start Your SQL Server Skills

5. Featured White Paper

  • Clean Up Your Email Act

6. Announcements

  • Make Your Mark on the IT Community!
  • Ring in the New Year with SQL Server Magazine

7. Web Community


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1. Perspectives

Easing Performance-Tuning with Quad-Core Technology
by Brian Moran, brian@solidqualitylearning.com

I don’t pretend to be a hardware expert who keeps up with the absolutely latest news, but I know Dell has been shipping 2-socket quad-core servers powered by Intel processors for a few months now. It’s not exactly brand-new news, but it’s still pretty interesting. I have two young children, and I can imagine them, 30 or 40 years in the future, chatting with their kids about database capacity planning. The conversation might go something like this:

“Oh yeah? Well when I was your age, we didn’t have these new-fangled, infinity-core, bio-engineered processors. We had to tune databases the old-fashioned way. It was hard work! And we had to walk back and forth to work, uphill both ways, in the snow...” (Some things parents say will never change.)

Ok, I’m not exactly sure those infinity-core servers will ever make the skills of a trained tuning professional obsolete, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be retired before it happens, so I’m not too worried. But it sure is interesting to see the leaps and bounds in processing power that have been happening in the recent year. Gotta love Moore.

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2. SQL Server Watch

Learn About Reporting Services Integration with MOM
Database professionals who are challenged with delivering system-monitoring information will want to read up on the native integration among Microsoft Office Visio 2007, Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM), Microsoft Exchange, and SQL Server Reporting Services. The Microsoft article “Integrating Visio 2007 and MOM, Exchange, and Reporting Services” explains the interactivity of these products and describes some additional ways that you can integrate the programs by using Visio Automation. You can read the full article at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb264455.aspx

Product Watch
by Blake Eno, products@sqlmag.com

View, Modify, Visualize, and Maintain Storage Resources
AquaFold announced upgrades to its database query and administration tool, Aqua Data Studio 6.0, which supports key database platforms such as SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, and MySQL. This release features new database-administration tools for SQL Server that let you view, modify, visualize, and maintain storage resources while you manage users, roles, profiles, and database sessions. A new set of difference tools provides a quick look into the differences between two complete database schemas. You can view the differences between individual schema objects, files, directory structures, or SQL statements. Pricing for Aqua Data Studio starts at $399 for 1 to 20 licenses. For more information, contact AquaFold.

Ensure That Your Data is Safe—Even When Your System Fails
Sonasoft announced a new version of SonaSafe for SQL Servers, a software solution that protects your data from hardware and software failures and human errors. SonaSafe maintains the redundant, standby server by continually updating it with data retrieved from the primary system. And in case of a primary system failure, SonaSafe ensures that the standby system can take over instantly. The new release can trigger script execution before and after a backup task, which lets you create plans and tasks that will automatically perform any management task before or directly after running a particular backup operation. For more information, contact Sonasoft at 408-927-6200.


3. Hot Articles

Fn_virtualfilestats() Function Reports Reads and Writes
by Brian Moran, brian@solidqualitylearning.com

Find out what the number of reads and writes reported by the fn_virtualfilestats() system function mean. Read this tip today at http://www.sqlmag.com/Article/ArticleID/44846/sql_server_44846.html

Feature: Native XML Web Services in SQL Server 2005
The Native XML Web Services feature in SQL Server 2005 removes dependency on IIS to help you create robust, feature-rich enterprise database solutions. Here’s how the feature works, how to implement it, and how to code client applications. Read this article today and post your comments at http://www.sqlmag.com/Article/ArticleID/94536/sql_server_94536.html

Puzzled by T-SQL: Palindromes Puzzle Solutions
Itzik Ben-Gan describes the solutions to the palindromes puzzle posted last week. Read the blog and put up your own post today at: http://www.sqlmag.com/article/articleid/95008/sql_server_blog_95008.html

In a Nutshell: Spatial Indexing
New research in spatial indexing may be added to a future release of SQL Server. The paper that Kevin Kline links to was co-written by the noted researcher Jim Gray, who is missing this week. Read Kevin Kline’s comments and post your own today at http://www.sqlmag.com/article/articleid/95006/sql_server_blog_95006.html

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4. Events and Resources

Data Protection and Disaster Recovery Tips
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