ICYMI- RDX Insights Webinar- Secrets for Successful Regulatory Compliance Projects

Check out RDX’s September RDX Insights Series webinar, Secrets for Successful Regulatory Compliance Projects. This month we teamed up with industry-leading auditing and compliance firm, MegaplanIT, to present an overview of the most popular industry standards and regulatory requirements available and a deeper dive into AICPA SOC 1, SOC 2 and PCI compliance. We also featured a case study of RDX’s PCI and AICPA SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliance projects to provide attendees with a set of implementation and ongoing adherence best practices.

Check it out to learn which industry standard is best suited for your business needs:

A copy of the presentation can also be viewed on SlideShare.

Next month’s RDX Insights Series presentation will be an encore of May’s Microsoft Business Intelligence Overview and Power BI Demo. We provide an overview of Power BI, SSIS, SSAS and SSRS and how the products integrate with each other. The webinar continues with a detailed discussion on how to use Power BI to capture, model, transform, analyze and visualize key business metrics. We’ll finish with a Power BI demo by RDX BI Team Manager, Jeremy Frye, who will highlight some of its most beneficial and interesting features.

If you are interested in signing up for October’s presentation, please email info@rdx.com.

RDX Shows Commitment to Helping Veterans Find Jobs at Pittsburgh Career Fair

One of RDX’s highest priorities is ensuring that our customers’ environments are being administered by the best database and operating system specialists in the country. Because of our continued growth, we have to recruit new talent frequently. We are also committed to helping those who fought for our country find sustainable careers after they complete their military duties. RDX currently has several veterans on staff that have all provided valuable attributes to our team. “RDX is dedicated to finding the best talent in the industry with the discipline needed to help solve our customers’ toughest challenges. We’ve been impressed with the expertise, work ethic and customer support skills our veterans on staff bring to RDX, and we are honored to participate in the furtherance of their career paths,” said RDX CEO, Buddy Flerl.

To further our mission of helping veterans succeed, RDX recently attended CareerLinks’s Pittsburgh Matchmaker 2.0 Recruitment Event, which gave local veterans Priority of Service to all vendors in attendance. “RDX is looking for hard-working, detail-oriented people who are willing to accept challenges and solve problems with professionalism. As a U.S. Army veteran, I realize that the military provides training and skill sets that develop and reinforce these character traits. When veterans leave active duty and seek to join the civilian work force, they already possess these well-developed character traits and professional skills which can give them a strong foundation to achieve early and prolonged success in nearly any career field. Most veterans are eager to prove what they’re made of and RDX recognizes that veterans are a valuable workforce resource. I feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of the RDX team,” said RDX SQL Server DBA and veteran, Michael Best.

While at the career fair, RDX met with many promising veteran candidates who are looking to jumpstart their IT careers. Due to the event’s success and the excellent support our veteran employees provide to our customer base, RDX plans to attend additional veterans-focused career fairs and extend our commitment to helping our nation’s heroes find competitively-paying jobs with advancement opportunities.

If you’re a veteran interested in learning more about openings at RDX, please contact jobs@rdx.com for more information.

Azure DBaaS Alerts

At one of my previous DBA jobs, I encountered some performance issues in our Azure PaaS offering. Clients were experiencing 30-40 second login times and 10-15 second save times, which is considered poor. Of course, everybody’s first thoughts were, “THE DATABASE IS SLOW!!” After pulling up every single chart and metric I could, I finally proved to them it was not the database.
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Configuring AzureDB DBaaS

One of the sessions I give at PASS events is about configuring your on-premises SQL instance. I have also been working with Database-as-a-Service, DBaaS, for a while now and thought it would be helpful to do a session on configuring DBaaS for beginners.  The purpose of this blog post is to list some of the things that I believe are crucial for first time deployment
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ICYMI- RDX Insights Webinar- Cloud’s Hidden Impact on IT Support Organizations

Check out RDX’s latest webinar, Cloud’s Hidden Impact on IT Support Organizations. We discuss the differences between cloud and on-premises systems, identify the key challenges associated with switching to cloud DBMS environments and provide proven best practices for making your transition to the cloud successful. You can view and listen to a recording of the presentation below:

The SlideShare version of the presentation can also be viewed here.

Stay tuned for information about our next RDX Insights Series webinar shortly!

Is Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB the NoSQL Competition Killer?

Most database pros are aware that the era of the one-size-fits-all database has been over for some time. We realized that not all of the data our shops are required to store, process and present to our end user communities neatly fits into relational rows and columns.

The need to store unstructured data in conjunction with the ability to provide almost absurdly high degrees of scalability, data distribution and availability were the business drivers behind the genesis of NoSQL offerings. Many of the NoSQL products were specifically designed to leverage low cost hardware to provide the ability to store semi and non-structured data and provide extremely high horizontal scalability and data redundancy at an affordable price point.

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Azure Automation- Scheduling Stored Procedures

As database administrators, we are always looking for ways to automate our daily processes.  SQL Server Agent has always been a great tool for doing this, whether it be for scheduling regular maintenance or administrative jobs.  For those of you making the leap to the PaaS offering of Azure SQL databases, you will quickly discover that SQL Server Agent is no longer a feature.  For those of you who might start to panic thinking you will now be required to wake up at 2:00 AM to manually run your weekly maintenance or nightly administrative job- don’t worry! This is where Azure Automation comes to save the day!  Azure Automation brings a PowerShell workflow execution service to the Azure platform that allows one to automate those maintenance and administrative tasks all within the Azure portal and take the role of the SQL Server Agent.  To demonstrate how you can leverage Azure Automation, I will take a common request that I have encountered with many clients who have the need to schedule a stored procedure execution.

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ICYMI- RDX Insights Webinar- The Rising Interest in Open Source Relational Databases

Check out the latest RDX Insights webinar, The Rising Interest in Open Source Relational Databases. We discuss the factors driving their increase in popularity, learn how the cloud is accelerating that growth, review commercial DBMS replacement strategies and evaluate the various open source offerings on the market.

View the live recording below:

You can also view the presentation on SlideShare here.

Next month, the RDX Insights series goes back to the cloud with Cloud’s Hidden Impact on IT Support Organizations. If you’re interested in receiving an invite to July’s webinar, please email info@rdx.com.

ICYMI- RDX Insights Webinar- Microsoft Business Intelligence Overview & Power BI Demo

If you missed May’s RDX Insights webinar, Microsoft Business Intelligence Overview & Power BI Demo, you can view the recording below. RDX’s VP of Delivery Strategies and Technologies, Chris Foot, and BI Product Team Manager, Jeremy Frye, teamed up to discuss the advantages of Microsoft’s business intelligence product suite and what the future of Microsoft BI looks like. The presentation also features a Power BI demo and a discussion about how it integrates with SSIS/SSAS/SSRS. Check it out:

You can also view a version of the demo only:

Our next RDX Insights presentation will focus on the rising popularity of open source database offerings. If you’re interested in being added to our webinar invite list, please email info@rdx.com.