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Dealing with DataOps in the Modern Age – the dbWatch Approach

Posted by Lukas Vileikis on Apr 29, 2021 7:00:00 AM
Lukas Vileikis

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There’s a pretty new term in the modern age of databases. If you have ever dealt with any amount of data (especially big data sets), you might have heard of the term data operations (the term is also frequently shortened to DataOps). DataOps is an Agile approach to designing, implementing, and maintaining a distributed data architecture – it aims to improve the quality and reduce the cycle time of data analytics. In general, the term refers to a set of technical practices that enable extremely high data quality and low error rates to improve the communication, integration, and automation of data flows between those who manage data and those who “consume” it. In this blog post, we will look at how dbWatch can help you deal with these kinds of issues. 


Why Should You Choose dbWatch? 

If you have never heard about or used any of the products that dbWatch has to offer, you might find yourself asking why you should even use dbWatch in the first place. That’s a great question. dbWatch is a highly scalable database monitoring software solution that helps you monitor and manage any number of database servers; It doesn’t matter if you’re monitoring one, five, or ten database instances. dbWatch provides you with total control over all database aspects and issues you might encounter: the software developed by dbWatch will help you maximize your database efficiency and minimize the resources associated with keeping your databases up and running. 


How can dbWatch Help You Solve Your Database Issues? 

dbWatch can help you solve your database issues in many ways: 

dbWatch has jobs that are specifically designed to tell you if something in your database goes wrong, if yes, how to fix it, and if not, help you avoid getting your database (and your data!) into trouble in the first place. Here’s how everything looks like: 

Jobs were previously known as tasks and (or) alerts – they are the center of the dbWatch monitoring offerings. As you can probably already see, jobs are split into three categories – Availability, Capacity, and Performance. 

- dbWatch also provides you with a management interface allowing you to see which instances per platform are active. First, head over into the Management tab of dbWatch: 

You will see the server overview, the top 50 instances per disk usage, how many instances per platform or version your servers run, etc. (filters can also be applied): 

You can see which group your database instances belong to, their names, their sizes, their platform types (the platform types can range from MS SQL ServerOracleSybase, and PostgreSQL to MySQL and so on), their platform versions (in this case, MySQL 5.7.26), platform editions and the information about the host, the port is also provided for you to see. 

In general, the dbWatch management module is the one feature that makes dbWatch a very good database management tool – to the left you can see a server overview that consists of the amount of hosts, instances and databases dbWatch runs (all the features mentioned can also be filtered, so even if you have a lot of database instances this is not an issue), to the right you can see the amount of instances per platform or version (for example, if all of your database instances (in this case only one instance) runs MySQL 5.7, the circle will only consist of MySQL 5.7, but if you run multiple database instances with different platforms or versions (for example if you run MySQL 5.7, MySQL 8.0 and Oracle) your “circle” should look different. Below you can see the top 50 instances grouped by disk usage – all of the items on this list can also be filtered. If you have a lot of database instances and you need to keep a constant eye on them, you can even print out the entire list – just click a button next to the filter sign.  


dbWatch can also help you manage your database server farms – since it’s not that uncommon to see an average DBA working with tens of database instances, managing them can become a real headache for both developers and DBAs alike. The dbWatch Control Center can help take the hassle off of your hands – with dbWatch you will know which database instances are misbehaving, which database instances consume the most disk space, which might need further looking into, which are not monitored, etc. 




The dbWatch Control Center can help you deal with your DataOps issues in no time. It can help with the monitoring of your database instances (you can monitor the availability, capacity, and performance of all of your database instances), have a look at how much space your database instances use, what platforms do they run on, configured, error out, are they even monitored etc. – if you feel like you or your business might benefit from having such a tool at your disposal, give the dbWatch Control Center a try today – if you are still not sure when to use it, have a look through the documentation or contact the team if you need any assistance. 



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Managing your Database Instances with dbWatch

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Topics: database operations, sql server monitoring, sql monitoring tools, database monitoring, sqlmonitor, sqlperformance, sqlmanager