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7 Valuable Tips For Upgrading Your Microsoft SQL Server

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  Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is nearing the end of its extended service period. If you are still using 2008 or 2008 R2, it’s time to get off now. Or maybe you have 2012 or 2014, but want to take advantage of the most up to date processes and security features. It can be a daunting task to think about upgrading your SQL servers. There are so many pieces to juggle. If you’ve been putting it off, I don’t blame you. But with the speed of innovation, it’s important to stay up to date and ahead of trends. So today we’re talking about some things to keep in mind when you upgrade your SQL Server. Check Compatibility – If you are currently running SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012 (11.x), SQL Server 2014 (12.x), or SQL Server 2016 (13.x) then you can upgrade directly to SQL Server 2017, assuming the same platform specifications. If you have 2005, then you will need to migrate first. Read more about migration here. Use Microsoft Data Migration Assistant – It’s important to read about which features will change from your current version to understand potential issues from depreciated or new (more…)

Dobler Consulting Achieves A Silver Microsoft Partner Certification To Compliment Its Gold

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Data Analytics + Data Platform Certifications Creates Synergistic Value For Microsoft Clients   Tampa Bay April 23rd, 2018:  Over the past 6 months, Dobler Consulting has achieved what only 5% of all Microsoft’s Service Partners ever achieve – Gold and Silver Certification. Silver Certification for Data Analytics means that Dobler Consulting is now a premier specialist in helping their clients turn data into actionable insights by using business intelligence, big data, and advanced analytics best practices. This vertically compliments Dobler’s Gold Certification for Data Platform achieved two years ago. This certifies skills competency and security assurances for work on big data SQL databases in on-site and hybrid environments. “Our certified vertical data competency will further enable our clients to more quickly innovate and implement new data-driven insights. This is a very exciting time to be in our business as the barriers between the company and the consumer begin to blur and merge.” According To Peter Dobler, CEO of Dobler Consulting. “Agile data infrastructure, combined with advanced analytics and creativity are making this epic transformation possible.” The convergence of data infrastructure to data solutions is now an exponentially accelerating trend. IDC reports that growth of the Big Data and Analytics will (more…)

Expanding the Market: MS SQL Server 2017 and Linux

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Microsoft’s exciting cross-platform product, SQL Server 2017, is poised to reach a whole new audience. Recently this industry leader has joined the growing trend of support for open source solutions.  Our team is continually investigating new innovations for our clients, and we wanted to share what we have discovered about new features and performance. Why Now? Linux is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its security, stability, and efficiency.  Its design protects against virus and malware attacks with a complex architecture and secure user account structure.  With more and more businesses choosing Linux, Microsoft realized they were forcing clients to manage multiple environments by keeping SQL Server only on Windows.  Rohan Kumar, then General Manager of Microsoft Database Systems, discussed the decision with Frederic Lardinois for Tech Crunch.  “We had a couple of discussions in the past where it wasn’t approved,” he told Lardinois, but four years ago his team recognized the value of expanding, so they pitched the idea once again. “The biggest surprising part was that we were expecting a whole lot of back and forth. It was really surprising to see how quickly the decisions got made,” recalls Kumar. How? With the company’s support in place, Kumar’s team needed (more…)

Dobler Consulting Achieves Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner Status

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September 2, 2017, TAMPA, FL— Dobler Consulting (doblerconsulting.com), a leading information technology and database services company, offering a broad spectrum of services to clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 in a variety of industries, announced today that it has achieved Gold-Certified Partner status with Microsoft. The Gold Certified Partner status is the highest level within the Microsoft Certified Partner program. Dobler Consulting has demonstrated knowledge and expertise in multiple areas to achieve Gold Certified Partner status. Microsoft Certified Professionals must pass exams that prove their skills meet our standards. “Dobler Consulting continuously works to find new and innovative ways to improve skill proficiency and client outcomes. Our Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft database technology through testing and client references. We’ve successfully implemented projects to the complete satisfaction of our clients,” says Peter Dobler, Founder & CEO at Dobler Consulting. “And, we’re excited about the opportunities to engage in more Microsoft-based client engagements as a result of achieving this distinction.” Achieving the Microsoft Gold Partner status ensures our new and existing client base, that the Dobler team is highly qualified to take on the most complex Microsoft SQL Server database challenge.   About Dobler Consulting (more…)
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In-Memory Databases vs Intel NVMe NUMA

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For the past few years, the hot topic for database vendors was the in-memory database. The general belief was and maybe still is, that server memory is getting cheaper and density will continuously improve. For the most part, this has been the case, maybe not as extreme as predicted. However, the data storage needs for databases increased at a much faster pace during the same time, which created another problem. Going beyond 1TB of memory in a single server will quickly become very expensive. A 1TB database used to be called very large. This attribute is now applied to the 5-10 TB databases servers. In-memory databases are needed where read and write performance are equally important. Traditional databases improve read performance by caching data in memory, but there is no way to improve write performance. To be ACID (Atomic, Consistent, Isolated and Durable) compliant, data must be written to persistent storage. An in-memory database achieves this by writing every transaction in parallel to a high-performance storage. In many cases this is a flash drive on the PCI bus or a SSD drive. But every write action must be stored away from Memory (RAM) to be ACID compliant. There are many (more…)
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Planning And Executing A Successful SQL Server Database Migration

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By Carlos Colon / DBA Manager at Dobler Consulting

Migrating an existing database to SQL Server can be a taunting task. No matter if your current database is Oracle, Sybase, DB2 or MySQL, the core of the migration tasks are almost always identical. A SQL Server database migration project can be broken down into 6 steps.

1. Analysis
2. Planning
3. Build
4. Migrate, Test, Fix, Repeat
5. Deployment
6. Support

This presentation will walk you through these steps and in addition will also cover these topics:

– Typical SQL Server Migration Plan
– Key Deliverables
– Database Migration Steps
– Brief Overview of SQL Server Migration Assistant Tool (SSMA)
– Common Problems in Database Migrations

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Protecting Your Database from Ransomware like WannaCry

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You may have heard about the recent WannaCry cyberattack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. The ransomware holds a computer hostage until the user pays some amount of money (ransom) to the hacker or until a patch is made and installed. Why did it spread so quickly and how can you prepare for the next one, especially if you are a DBA? It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Why were the attacks so effective? When this particular ransomware emerged on May 12th 2017, it had used an exploit on Windows systems that had been addressed by a critical patch two months earlier in March 2017. So, if end users kept up to date with receiving the latest critical security patches as they became available, they would have avoided being infected. Unfortunately, many businesses were not adequately prepared for an attack like this because maintain updates and they did not have the right security processes in place. It’s critical that companies are proactive in the measures they take to mitigate the risks involved with today’s cyber threats or they will become vulnerable. Lack of preparedness is one of the biggest factors why this cyber (more…)
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Remote Database Support | Sybase | SQL Server | Oracle

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Get Around the Clock Database Support at an Affordable Price. Traditional remote database support services offer services based on your install base, if you need it or not. We offer a new approach of database managed services that goes beyond the databases and covers the entire user experience of any application. Remote DBA Support Plans and Pricing   We Support These Systems SAP Sybase ASE 16 SAP Sybase IQ SAP Sybase Replication Server SAP Sybase PowerDesigner SAP Sybase PowerBuilder SQL Anywhere SAP HANA SAP BusinessObjects Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Microsoft SharePoint Oracle Database 12c Golden Gate Oracle RAC Oracle Enterprise Manager MySQL Times Ten In-Memory Database Discover the Difference Managed Oracle Database Services Can Have on Your Business The basic concept of a remote database support is to lower the cost of database administration. Traditionally, remote database support was offered to large enterprise corporations with entire teams of databases. The goal was to do the same at a lower cost. This is just another form of outsourcing.   The Right Remote Database Support Service Model For You Our remote database support approach is one of the most flexible in the business. It is geared towards small and medium businesses that have a one or more applications (more…)
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Event – Planning and Executing a Successful SQL Server Database Migration

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Hillsborough SQL User Group Meeting – 4/27/2017 Please join us at a new location for the Hillsborough SQL User Group on Thursday, April 27th.  Dobler Consulting will be hosting our group at the Corporate Center I – Conference room (Suite 122) located at the West Shore entrance to the International mall.   The address is: 2202 North Westshore Boulevard Suite 122 Tampa, FL 33607 Parking is available at the west entrance (airport side).  Please follow the Visitor parking signs past the garage and around the fountain. Featured Presentation: Planning and Executing a Successful SQL Server Database Migration Carlos Colon, DBA Manager Dobler Consulting Migrating an existing database to SQL Server requires much more than just moving the schema and data. They key to a successful database migration effort includes designing the target system, identifying all components from the existing system that will need to be migrated, and allowing adequate time for changes and testing. In this session we will discuss all the different database components and configuration items that will need to be considered during the migration effort, how to utilize the SQL Server Migration Assistant as a planning and implementation tool, what components cannot be migrated (and what can be done (more…)
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Dobler Consulting Ranked 17 on Tampa Bay Business Journal “Fast 50” 2016

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CEO Peter Dobler Cites Employee Engagement and Client Satisfaction as Keys to the Database Services Company’s Ongoing Success

 

Tampa, FL (July 22, 2016) — Dobler Consulting (doblerconsulting.com), a leading information technology and database services company offering a wide spectrum of services to its clients, recently ranked 17 on the 2016 Tampa Bay Business Journal “Fast 50”—a listing of the 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the Tampa Bay area. This is the second such award for Dobler Consulting, who ranked No. 10 on the 2013 Fast 50 list.

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