And now for a quick break from Big Data blogging (sort of) …

… My apologies for long-time readers who have felt inundated with my recent focus on Big Data here @ MSSQLDUDE!

Well, today, I want to send you over to Robert Davis’ always-excellent blog where he has an in-progress series called 31 Days of SQL Server Disaster Recovery.

Very, very important and great stuff in that series as I’ve started reading through it this week to see if there are things that I can pull out of the posts that I haven’t run into or tried before.

As was the case with Robert when he hosted brown bag training sessions for us @ MSFT, I have found some new things and good tidbits in there.

OK, now getting back to reality: even in the SQL Server world, database platforms (SQL Server included) are moving more & more toward schemaless-on-write, distributed processing, in-memory and columnar storage. These are all underpinnings of Big Data platforms, so I’m not going to let you go without bringing-up my new area focus again!

Big Data (probably this year) will become part-and-parcel of any data warehouse or analytics solution. This is because now that the business community, CIOs and vendors are on-board with these techniques, BI, DBA, data architect and DW pros cannot ignore the mass amounts of data that typically hang outside of your data warehouse as “exhaust data”.

So keep learning these new technologies and capabilities and incorporate it into your 2013 strategies and architectures. You won’t be able to set them aside any longer!

Best, Mark

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