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Published by Alex Slotnick on Dec 19, 2016 6:02:58 PM

The Virtues of a Code Slush

People tend to look for sturdy, expansive safety nets when facing risky situations. In database management, organizations turn to the sweeping strategy of code freezes during times of hectic, peak activity. Most engineering teams have had to deploy code freezes during such times, with the noble intention of protecting the integrity of a system, using the logic that if nothing can touch it, nothing can break it.

Unfortunately, a code freeze is a flawed strategy.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Nov 23, 2016 5:48:41 PM

Monitoring for Black Friday: Capacity Planning Techniques

In our latest webinar, Baron Schwartz talked about how to best prepare for potential traffic spikes during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Although some organizations may not experience a seasonal peak during the holidays, there might be other times when traffic surges can be expected--we thought we’d use the occasion of Black Friday to share some techniques to help you prepare for times when your systems may be stressed.

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Published by Alex Slotnick on Oct 31, 2016 4:48:45 PM

5 Questions Managers Should Ask Their DBAs Before Black Friday

Poorly performing sites can be costly. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner, how can business leaders work with DBAs to ensure that their organizations and databases are properly prepared to deal with customers’ needs, so websites don’t malfunction? With five simple—but powerful—questions, managers can help their database teams get ready for the heaviest of shopping traffic.

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