Category Archives: Database

SQL Server 2014 Delayed Durability/Lazy Commit

I am having a lot of fun watching everyone get excited over SQL Server 2014’s Delayed Durability feature, mostly because I invented it back in 1986.  At the time no one was particularly excited by the idea.  It’s possible someone invented it … Continue reading

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WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 4

I knew that the Cairo Object File Store (OFS) was in trouble my first week at Microsoft.  I’d been asked to attend a design meeting for OLE DB that would start at 6PM.  On Friday.  Why such a seemingly important … Continue reading

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WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 3

Although there are several ways to interpret the phrase “integrated storage” (or “unified storage”) one of the most important ones to focus on is that it creates a single store for Unstructured, Semi-Structured, and Structured types of storage.  The differences … Continue reading

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WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 2

Hopefully Part 1 gave you some idea of the scenarios that Integrated Storage was intended to address and why you would want support in the storage system to help address them.  And yes, I barely scratched the surface of what one … Continue reading

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WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft – Part 1

People have been bugging me to write about Integrated Storage for some time, and with Bill Gates having just disclosed that failure to ship WinFS was his biggest product regret  now seemed like a good time.  In Part 1 I’ll … Continue reading

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A perspective on Big Data, NoSQL, and Relational Databases

Other than a brief comment on Map-Reduce back in 2008 I’ve avoided commenting on the topics of NoSQL or Big Data.  That’s for two reasons.  First, I really didn’t have much of an opinion because second, I intentionally have stayed … Continue reading

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OLE DB and SQL Server: History, End-Game, and some Microsoft “dirt”

Last month the Microsoft SQL Server team effectively sounded the death knell for Microsoft’s OLE DB.  I say “effectively” because while SQL Server isn’t the only implementor of OLE DB, it is (or rather was) Microsoft’s flagship for this data … Continue reading

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Why are there so many website security breaches?

Over the weekend my wife and I decided to go pay our last respects to Borders Books.  I could write a blog entry on why they failed (which includes missing the Internet, then missing e-Readers), or why we bought nothing … Continue reading

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The rebirth of True Mountain Group

After I retired from Microsoft in 2002 I started doing some part-time consulting for fun, to keep my hand in the IT world, and of course for a little extra spending money.  I put that business, True Mountain Group LLC, on hold … Continue reading

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