Are SQL Databases Dead?

I like the image of this city of Mesa Verde. It’s fascinating to see how ancient cities were built, especially as an inhabitant of one of the worlds largest cities today, New York. I’m a long time relational database guy. I worked at scores of dot-coms in the 90’s as an old-guard Oracle DBA, and …

Scalable Startups is back – happy holidays!

Join 15,100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. After some intermittent outages over the past weeks, we managed to get the site rebuilt on a brand new server. Yes we’re still hosted at a traditional datacenter, 1and1.com to be exact. They were very helpful through the recovery process. Here are five lessons learned. …

How to do technical assessment for a merger acquisition

Join 15,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. My newsletter goes out the first few days of every month. I invite everyone I’ve ever worked with, so many of my present and former colleagues & clients receive it. I often receive a few emails in the days following, with requests for help, advice …

5 great things about Markus Winand’s book SQL Performance Explained

Join 12,100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Covers databases broadly You may not have noticed, but there’s a whole spectrum of relational databases on offer. Of course in the database world, most get infatuated with one, and that becomes their bread & butter before long. Their life, their passion, their devotion. …

Why Healthcare.gov desperately needs techops

Join 15,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Tech-what? A quick education Techops is operational excellence. It’s the handoff when code is complete. These are the folks who are up at 2am when a website is down. They manage servers, keep the pipes clean, and the hackers out. They also help plan …