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T-SQL Tuesday #89 – There is No Cloud

T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blog gathering for the SQL Server/Data Professional community  It is the brainchild of Adam Machanic (B|T) and is not limited to just things around the SQL Server database engine. Each month a blogger hosts the event and anybody who wants to contribute can write a post about that month’s topic. You can find a list of all topics at http://tsqltuesday.com/.  

This is the 89th MONTH for T-SQL Tuesday’s, which is a great representation of the #sqlfamily and how we love to share our knowledge and opinions.

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday topic is about how the global shift to the Cloud and/or automation will affect today’s DBAs and comes from Koen Verbeeck (B|T).

Let me be upfront.  As a DBA, I do not fear the cloud.   After all, there really isn’t the cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer.  I don’t shudder in terror when someone mentions moving to the cloud, rather I embrace it if it made sense for the project/problem at hand.  I think the cloud can solve issues such as hardware limitations, licensing or budget constraints.

While I have messed around with the cloud to some extent, it is still a database sitting on a SQL Server.  It just happens that the server isn’t in my local DR center.  I don’t view this any different if I have to work on my DR server which is located many miles away.

I work for a fairly slow moving financial institution.  This does not me we don’t adopt new technology but the leadership is very careful when deciding to move in a certain direction. Since we service rural America farmers, these decisions could have a huge impact on the ability of our customers to operate.    The cloud, at least from a database perspective, is not something that I think is even on the radar.  I believe that we will get there eventually, but not in the next year or two I would imagine.

Of course, this also means that I don’t get the shiny new cloud toys to play with either.  I have had the ability to work with the cloud some years ago on a side project, but that was very limited.  It was also at a time where Azure was fairly young and not as robust as it is today. Learning new skills around the Cloud is on my to-do list and one of these days I’ll get to it.  I think with the help of MSDN, it’s a lot easier to play around with new technologies.

As far as automation is concerned, I’m all for it.  I tend to have a Make It Suck Less (MISL) mentality and will automate anything under the hood that I can.  This just makes my day to day job easier which in turns allows me to focus on what I enjoy doing.  Architecting and digging around the internals of SQL Server.  This is my passion, well that, and presenting/teaching.

There really isn’t that much of a change for my current day to day job.  I would look forward to the ability to do more with it and expand my knowledge base, though.

Let’s face it, whether it is a database in Azure or SQL Server running on an Azure VM, it’s still a database and it is still SQL Server.  Either way you slice it, there needs to be a DBA somewhere in the picture to make sure things run smooth.

As far as the robots, well, I’ve got a bat for when SkyNet takes over. 😉

© 2017, John Morehouse. All rights reserved.

John Morehouse | Sqlrus.com

John Morehouse is currently a Database Architect with Farm Credit Mid-America out of Louisville, KY. He is a blogger, avid tweeter, and a frequent speaker at SQL Saturday's as well as other conferences. He is also heavily involved with the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS). In his spare time, you can usually find John reading up on SQL Server topics as well as chasing his two boys around the house.


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