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The Actuator - May 18th

Level 17

I am in Redmond this week to take part in the SQL Server® 2016 Reviewer's Workshop. Microsoft® gathers a handful of folks into a room and we review details of the upcoming release of SQL Server (available June 1st). I'm fortunate to be on the list so I make a point of attending when asked. I'll have more details to share later, but for now let's focus on the things I find amusing from around the internet...

How do you dispose of three Petabytes of disk?

And I thought having to do a few of these for friends and family was a pain, I can't imagine having to destroy this many disks. BTW, this might be a good time to remind everyone that data can never be created or destroyed, but it most certainly can be lost or stolen.

The Top Five Reasons Your Application Will Fail

Not a bad list, but the author forgot to list "crappy code, pushed out in a hurry, because agile is an excuse to be sloppy". No, I'm not bitter.

Audit: IT problems with TSA airport screening equipment persist

"The TSA's lack of server updates and poor oversight caused a plethora of IT security problems". Fortunately no one has any idea how many problems are in a plethora. Also? I know a company that makes tools to help fix such issues.

AWS Discovery Service Aims To Ease Legacy Migration Pain

Something tells me this tool is going to cause more pain when companies start to see just how much work needs to be done to migrate anything.

Bill Gates’ open letter

Wonderful article on how much the software industry has changed over the past 40 years. It will keep changing, too. I see the Cloud as a way for the software industry to change their licensing model from feature driven (Enterprise, Standard, etc.) to one driven by scalability and performance.

How to Reuse Waste Heat from Data Centers Intelligently

While this might sound good to someone, the reality is the majority of companies in the world do not have the luxury of building a data center from scratch, or even renovating existing ones. Still, it's interesting to understand just how much electricity data centers consume, and understand that the power has to come from somewhere.

How Much Does the Xbox One’s “Energy Saving” Mode Really Save?

Since we're talking about power usage, here's a nice example to help us understand how much extra it costs us to keep our Xbox always on. If it seems cheap to you then you'll understand how the cost of a data center may seem cheap to a company.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of my seeing the final launch of Endeavour, so I wanted to share something related to STS-134:


Lastly, if you've been enjoying The Actuator please like, share, and/or comment. Thanks!


sqlrockstar​, again a great list of articles to read.

The second one about "the top 5 reasons your application will fail" and your underlying comment about crappy code and agile os an excuse to be sloppy is spot on !!

Level 17

I'm not bitter. Not at all.

Level 12

Well done! I enjoy these articles. Thanks, sqlrockstar


Bitter ?  You ?  No way !

Level 14

As usual, great reads.  Keep it up.

Level 14

Keep them coming.  I like the application fail one

So give us your honest opinion sqlrockstar​. How long should we wait until we upgrade to SQL Server 2016? Historically, I've waited 3-6 months for Microsoft to iron out all the kinks. Has that expectation changed?

Level 17

The decision to upgrade is really based upon your business needs. For some, waiting a year or two is necessary. For others, they are early adopters that have been running SQL 2016 in production for the past six months.

As for "working out the kins", I would say that much of the code base in the boxed version has already been running in Azure for 6+ months. They had three RC deployed as they have reached a point of faster release cycles. In other words, it's stable right now IMO and I'd move just as soon as my business needs would allow.



Thanks for the links. BTW the disk shredder is awesome. We had a company come by our office and destroy stacks of disks and it was quite impressive.

Level 20

I really miss the shuttle missions!  Now we only have tiny unmanned ones!



About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.