Tony Davis

DBA Hypochondria

It is easy to become overwhelmed by server symptoms (aka metrics), in the forlorn hope that the more we collect, the clearer a picture we'll assemble of what ails the server. We should, of course, be looking at the whole patient.


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Testing times

Databases are unique in IT that they are singularly resistant to 'best practice' advice. Any such advice can never be anything other than a starting position for tests in your own environment.


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