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How scalable management tools can help running databases in large business

Posted by Andreas Hope on Sep 20, 2017 9:09:00 AM
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Database management tools are a key weapon in any DBA’s arsenal, giving them the means to easily monitor and administer servers, to improve and optimise performance, edit databases, and monitor the health of an organisation's IT systems.

But in today’s business world, many organisations and businesses' databases are expanding rapidly, growing from a handful of servers to potentially thousands of database servers for large firms or public services. And to keep pace with the growth in their server numbers, and to complement the scalable databases they employ, many DBAs are looking to scalable management and administrative tools to make their lives easier.

Tools That Grow With Your Business

Offering much the same services and benefits as more traditional tools, but being capable of handling databases spread across hundreds and thousands of servers, scalable tools are ideal for any large or growing business.

Giving you the means to continue monitoring and managing your database no matter how large your serverfarm grows, or how quickly, can cut time and costs for your team and for your entire business. Adopting new tools and licences can be expensive, and while some tools may be limited by the number of servers they can manage, they platforms they manage, or their deployment cost, a scalable tool's adaptability and longevity can remove the need to purchase new software when your business grows.

Scalable management tools can also help very large organisations to save time and money by cutting staff training costs. Adopting new tools periodically to accommodate your growing server numbers introduces a period of learning for your IT team and disrupts their processes and performance. Sticking with one scalable tool for years to come, however, reduces the amount of learning and research that DBAs need to do, leaving them free to get on with the task at hand.

Using Scalable Tools To Work Smarter and Save Money

Tools that can grow with your business, or that can be used alongside your existing servers, can also provide ongoing benefits through monitoring, reporting and performance analysis. Using a scalable tool means that there will be no break or change in style of your reporting when adding new database servers to your business’s infrastructure, unlike the break that would occur as a result of switching to a new set of tools.

Ongoing performance optimisations will be able to continue too, and there will be no pause in usage monitoring or availability while your system grows if your business is using a scalable tool. DBAs can also use such tools to expand their existing plans for a business’s server onto any new additions to the system, while using more ‘static’ tools which cannot expand might lead to pauses and changes having to be made in their workflow.

Whether you work as a DBA as part of a team at a large business, or are maintaining systems for a city’s public services, a healthcare group, or any other big organisation, providing the maximum possible availability and stability is essential. And with scalable management tools that allow you to continue working at full speed regardless of how big your serverfarm might grow, you can save time, money and headaches for you and your team long into the future.