Richard Cookson

Content Writer

Richard Cookson is a content writer for XTIVIA with a background in copy editing, journalism, and business reporting. With a knack for IT research and software analysis, Cookson creates detailed and simplified technical content for the XTIVIA and Virtual-DBA websites. His attention to detail and grammar allows him to deliver concise and educational pieces with every comma in the right place. When he’s not in the office, Cookson spends his time golfing, writing short stories, and enjoying the various outdoor activities Colorado offers. He’s a comedy fanatic and skee-ball wizard.

What’s a Database Health Check?

As a critical component of your business, a healthy database is vital to staff efficiency and customer satisfaction. If you’ve neglected database maintenance and tuning, chances are you’re running into a litany of performance issues. When your database... read more

The Basics of Database Performance Tuning

Poor database performance bogs down operations, and as the lifeblood of a business, companies can’t afford barriers to data access. One of the best ways to navigate past performance issues is by getting a regular database performance audit. Just like a car needs... read more

Will Migrating to PostgreSQL or MongoDB Save You Money?

One of the most common questions our clients ask us is, “can we save money migrating to an open-source database like PostgreSQL or MongoDB?” The answer is simple: yes. Before we dive into the details, it’s important to note that “open... read more

Ten Factors for Choosing DBA Services

Data is the lifeblood of your business, which means taking care of it is essential for operating your business. Whether your company uses SQL Server, Oracle, Db2, or PostgreSQL, quality database support, maintenance, and protection must be an integral part of your... read more

The Pros and Cons of MongoDB

MongoDB is one of the world’s most popular object-oriented NoSQL databases. But like any other database, MongoDB has specific places where it flourishes and areas where it falters. The Question: To Use Or Not To Use Some of the best ways to utilize MongoDB is... read more

Explaining the IBM-HCL Partnership

It’s been a little more than two years since IBM and HCL Technologies entered into their 15-year partnership, but there’s still a lot of confusion around their collaborative motives. Putting their efforts toward marginal software hasn’t been a... read more