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Day: June 29, 2023

Apache Doris and Data Colocation

Frank Z takes us through a use case for Apache Doris:

In data analytics, fast query performance is more of a result than a guarantee. What’s more important than the result itself is the architectural design and mechanism that enables quick performance. This is exactly what this post is about. I will put you into context with a typical use case of Apache Doris, an open-source MPP-based analytic database.

The user, in this case, is an all-category Q&A website. As a billion-dollar listed company, they have their own data management platform. What Doris does is support the data filtering, packaging, analyzing, and monitoring workloads of that platform. Based on their huge data size, the user demands quick data loading and quick response to queries. 

This sounds a lot like sharding of the data, where you segregate data for a particular customer/entity into its own database (and possibly instance), with the exception that queries are expected to go over a number of shards rather than focus on a single one.

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Bring Fabric to the Data Lakehouse

Ust Oldfield ties together Databricks and Microsoft Fabric:

We’ve built countless Lakehouses for our customers and influenced the design of many more. With the advent of Fabric, many organisations with existing lakehouse implementations in Azure are wondering what changes Fabric will herald for them. Do they continue with their existing lakehouse implementation and design, or do they migrate entirely to Fabric?

For many, the answer will be to continue as-is. They’ve invested a lot of time and money in establishing a Lakehouse – to migrate now to a slightly different technology stack would be a very costly exercise! There also isn’t a need to migrate from a lakehouse implementation in Databricks to one in Fabric as there aren’t concrete benefits to be realised.

For those using Power BI as their semantic and reporting layers, as well as using Databricks SQL or Synapse Serverless as the serving layer, Fabric provides a perfect opportunity to rationalise the architecture and to bring about substantial performance gains through the Direct Lake connectivity and V-Order compression in Fabric.

Read on to see what Ust means, using a couple of architecture diagrams along the way.

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Balancing Governance and Collaboration with Fabric

Marc Lelijveld makes it sound like I can’t just say “No!” to everything as a Microsfot Fabric administrator:

Frequently, I am approached by curious individuals who inquire about my job and how I contribute to the success of our customers, especially since I am not directly involved in building solutions for each and every one of them. These questions have made me realize that it might be interesting to share insights into my role as a Fabric Administrator, or as some may refer to it, a Power BI Administrator.

In this blog post, I aim to shed light on the essence of daily activities of a Fabric Administrator, the meaningful conversations people in this role engage in, and the additional value they bring to the table.

Read on to see what people like Marc do all day.

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Running a Background Job in Powershell

Patrick Gruenauer does two things at once:

In this blog post, I’d like to give you a few examples related to PowerShell Background Jobs to build upon. Let’s jump in.

Let’s say I want to ping a few computers. This consumes time. So I want that this task runs in the background as a PowerShell background job.

Outside of practicing for a certification, I don’t remember the last time I willingly chose to run something as a background job, either in Powershell or bash. The concept is still useful (especially if I’m on an SSH connection or have direct terminal access), though in a UI-driven world, I’d just open a new terminal tab.

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Query Hints: Ad Hoc vs Query Store

Grant Fritchey sets up a showdown:

I recently presented a session on the Query Store at Data Saturday Rhineland and the question came up: If there’s already a query hint on a query, what happens when you try to force a similar query hint?

Yeah, OK, that is a weird one. I don’t know the answer, but I’m about to find out.

Click through for a very interesting demo. To be honest, I expected the opposite result, so this was surprising.

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Dynamic Data Masking and Formatted Text

Ben Johnston attacks masked strings in different formats:

Clearly this is NOT a suggestion for how you might break the text but is far more of an exercise to show you how a bad actor may attempt to look at your data in ways that would generally not cause red flags.

It is especially important to reinforce the sentiment that Dynamic Data Masking less of a security tool to prevent attacks, but more to hide data from general viewing, and as a tool for building applications where the data still is accessible in some scenarios and not others.

Click through for several examples. As I like to say (over and over), dynamic data masking only works until users get access to write arbitrary queries against a system. If they’re accessing data through an app or via stored procedure calls only, then it be a reasonable part of a broader security posture.

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