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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

Archives: July 2013

Azure for Prototyping and Development


Developers. Man, have I got something good for you.

Are your DBAs slowing down your development processes? Are they keeping you from flying down the track? Bypass them.

Let’s assume you’re working in the Microsoft stack. Let’s further assume you have an MSDN license. Guess what? That gives you… Read more

1 comments, 1,694 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 29 July 2013

24 Hours of Education

You absolutely need to learn more. I need to learn more (lots more). We all should be constantly learning more about our jobs, our businesses and the technology that makes it all happen. When presented with the opportunity, especially a free one, you should jump on it, with both feet. Read more

0 comments, 553 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 24 July 2013

A Tale of Two Hotels

This is a long and convoluted post about my experiences at two hotels, but it has a point for DBAs and other data pros. Please stick around to the end.

I stay in hotels fairly frequently. I have friends who stay at them even more than I do. We tell… Read more

5 comments, 816 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 15 July 2013

SQL in the City London 2013


You’d think that an event might get a little worn by the third time you’re doing it. That maybe it would be just a repetition of what you’ve done before. And, I guess, in some places, that does happen. But not here. This event was as fresh as… Read more

0 comments, 720 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 2 July 2013

Getting Started With SQL Server 2014 the Easy Way

You know you want to at least take a look at the new Client Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2014. I don’t blame you either. I want to spend hours swimming through it too. But, you’re thinking to yourself, “Heck, I’d have to download the silly thing, provision a… Read more

10 comments, 2,108 reads

Posted in The Scary DBA on 1 July 2013