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Inspiration and tips for IT managers and DBAs to implement best practices for database operations on-premise, cloud or in hybrid environments


Does managing database server farms differ from database instances?

We all experience how the number of database instances keep growing (especially SQL Servers) in the last few years.

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Mon, November 11, 2019

Managing SQL Server farms..

Managing large database farms requires a different mind-set and a different set of tools than what you need when you only have a handful of instances to look after.

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Tue, October 22, 2019

dbWatch Powertools: Database Monitoring

The secret to monitoring data is about finding the perfect balance. Too much data and you’re drowning, not enough and an ailing instance may slip under your radar. The perfect mix will track your instance’s vital signs, putting your finger on the databases’ pulse. With these vital signs, you can quickly find out if the database is healthy, while being able to track and understand any irregularities.

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Wed, September 11, 2019

Productivity by Automation

 

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Fri, May 31, 2019

Database monitoring in complex networks

Monitoring databases in large,  distributed or hybrid environments

Monitoring database or SQL servers can in itself be a complex task - as we discuss in SQL Monitoring - 5 steps to full control. But what if you have a really complex environment, with multiple locations, restricted networks behind firewalls, high number of servers or a hybrid solution with some on-premise and some in a cloud? What are the issues, and how can you resolve them?

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Thu, April 11, 2019

Vision for the Future: dbWatch Enterprise Manager 12

dbWatch Enterprise Manager 12

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Thu, April 11, 2019

DBA Challenges for 2019 and Beyond

This year Bob’s job as a DBA has some challenging issues. His company is considering moving to the cloud, which has Bob worried about job security. The developers are interested in adopting Devops, to streamline their applications. Additionally, his boss wants more database security and decided that the system needs 24 x 7 maintenance. As if that’s not enough, there seems to be never ending demands for growth in services, solutions, data and the need for speed.

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Wed, February 06, 2019

Extending database monitoring into the cloud

No matter what the service, no matter what the purpose, no matter what the product, the cloud is being touted as an answer to scalability by pretty much every major vendor. It started with data-storage, and rapidly moved to databases. In the past we were limited by the actual hardware that we owned. If we needed to expand on it, we needed to purchase more memory, and in many cases we needed to purchase new hardware as the old wore out, or was incapable of handling what we needed it to do.

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Thu, August 09, 2018

The role of the DBA in light of DevOps and Cloud Migration

It's an old problem. The more results you deliver, the more that are expected. The faster you provide them, the faster they are expected. Next thing you know, old methods don't work as well as they used to.

New demands require new workflows. On top of it new technologies are appearing making it seem like your old tools are no longer needed. Next thing you know the environment in which you work has changed. It is barely recognisable, and you might be afraid that you are no longer relevant.

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Fri, July 27, 2018

Security considerations in database operations

As most DBAs know, security of data is one of the most difficult yet important tasks of maintaining a large estate of databases. It has kept more than one administrator up at night worrying about potential threats and pitfalls. With the growth of the information economy, not only is most information stored in databases, the value of that information has grown. As with anything withvalue, the threats to security increases at a direct correlation to its worth.

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Mon, July 02, 2018
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