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Day: January 24, 2023

Amazon Redshift 2022 in Review

Manan Goel lists what’s been going on with Amazon Redshift:

In 2021, we launched Amazon Redshift Query Editor V2, which is a free web-based tool for data analysts, data scientists, and developers to explore, analyze, and collaborate on data in Amazon Redshift data warehouses and data lakes. In 2022, Query Editor V2 got additional enhancements such as notebook support for improved collaboration to author, organize, and annotate queries; user access through identity provider (IdP) credentials for single sign-on; and the ability to run multiple queries concurrently to improve developer productivity.

Read on for the rest of the highlights.

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Top-nested in KQL

Robert Cain continues a series on KQL:

Back in June of 2022 I covered the top operator in my Fun With KQL – Top post. We showed how to create your own top 10 lists, for example what were the top 5 computers ranked by free disk space.

What if you needed your top results in a nested hierarchy? For example, you wanted to know which three objects in the Perf table had the most entries? But, for each one of those, what were the three counters with the most entires?

That’s where the top-nested operator comes in. It allows you to create top lists in nested, also called hierarchical levels.

Click through for the normal slew of examples on how to use this operator.

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Consistency Levels in Cassandra

Dmytro Kostenko enumerates some options:

In Cassandra, a consistency level is the number of replicas responding before returning a reply to a user. Consistency in Cassandra is tunable, meaning that each client can consider what level of consistency and availability to choose. Moreover, it is assigned at the query level and can be configured for different service components. Users can choose different consistency levels for each operation, both for reads and writes. While choosing the consistency level for your operation, you should understand each level’s tradeoff between consistency and availability. Cassandra’s consistency can be strong or weak, depending on your chosen level.

Read on to learn more about strong vs weak consistency in the context of Cassandra, as well as the consistency level options available to us.

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SQLCMD Variables in Database Projects

Olivier Van Steenlandt can’t live in this static world:

When I started to explore and use Database Projects, I ran into a specific situation quite fast where I was required to use SQLCMD variables. In this blog post, I will describe what they are, how you can use SQLCMD variables in Database Projects and where this might become very useful for you.

Click through for a scenario, a primer on using SQLCMD variables, and some basic details on how to use them in database projects.

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Use Cases for Multiple Data Lakes

James Serra explains why you might want multiple data lakes in an organization:

A question I get asked frequently from customers when discussing Data lake architecture is “Should I use one data lake for all my data, or multiple lakes?”. Ideally, you would use just one data lake, but I have seen many valid use cases where customers are using multiple data lakes. Here are some of those reasons:

I’d quibble with a couple of these (and given James’s intro, I’m not sure he’s fully on board with all of the reasons) but this is a good list of reasons why you might see several data lakes in an organization.

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“No Healthy Upstream” Error in vCenter

Denny Cherry diagnoses a problem:

Over the weekend, I was configuring our new VMware servers. I was happily working around when all of a sudden, vCenter started showing the hated “no healthy upstream” message on the vCenter website.

Thankfully, this was not the first time I’d seen this happen, and it usually occurs randomly (at least in my experience). The solution is easier than most people would think.

Click through to learn what you should do if you see that error.

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