Paul Randal

Paul is the CEO of, a Microsoft Regional Director and a SQL Server MVP. He worked on the SQL Server Storage Engine team at Microsoft from 1999 to 2007. Among other things, he wrote DBCC CHECKDB/repair for SQL Server 2005 and was responsible for the Core Storage Engine during SQL Server 2008 development. Since leaving Microsoft, Paul has been a full-time consultant and trainer on SQL Server around the world, including authoring and teaching the prestigious Microsoft Certified Master certifications on SQL Server and SharePoint for Microsoft. He regularly presents at conferences such as SQL PASS, SQLIntersection, and TechEd, and has written or contributed to numerous white papers and books on SQL Server. He also writes regular columns and articles for SQL Server Pro magazine and TechNet Magazine, and is a Contributing Editor of both. He blogs at, and you can find him on Twitter at When he's away from work, his main passion is scuba diving with his wife, fellow SQL expert Kimberly Tripp, and their two daughters.