The dbWatch Blog

The purpose of this blog is to inspire IT managers and DBAs to implement best practices within their database operations, which we feel strongly about.


GLOBAL DATABASE SERVER TUNING IN VM ENVIRONMENTS

The traditional approach to tuning database servers for increases in performance is to focus wholesale on critical servers - or on ones that are experiencing performance issues.

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Thu, January 19, 2017

OPTIMIZING SQL SERVER OPERATIONS - FIRST STEPS

When the number of Enterprise SQL Servers begins to grow along with your business, it is often difficult to keep up. A lack of coordination or database expertise can exacerbate problems associated with this growth. Consolidating and optimizing your servers will go a long way toward reducing the cost and complexity of your database environment. This brief is the first in a series of articles on optimizing SQL Server environments, describing the initial steps to take toward consolidation. 

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Thu, January 19, 2017

5 STEPS TO AVOID ORACLE’S LICENSING TRAPS

As great a product as Oracle’s Enterprise Edition is, the sticker price will leave many CIOs and IT managers looking for less expensive options. The tech giant offers a much more affordable Standard Edition of its database suite with plenty of attractive features for companies on a tighter budget. However, as some have found out the hard way, Oracle’s complex licensing guidelines and aggressive audit tactics often leave unwitting customers with a huge bill. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to avoid Oracle “audit shock”. 

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Tue, September 06, 2016

DBWATCH 12.1 RELEASE!

Version 12.1 is ready for public release. 

With version 12.1, we introduce many new features and benefits to our ever growing customer base.

Some of the most important new benefits are SQL and Oracle license analysis, full support for Oracle Data Guard, and SQL Server AlwaysOn and dynamic dashboards.

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Mon, August 29, 2016

IMPROVING DATABASE OPERATIONS - ITIL AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Today, ITIL and ITSM are core concepts in IT operations. They define processes that provide predictable functionality, cost and quality in IT services. One of the central concepts in IT is “continuous improvement”, meaning the constant drive to improve every aspect of IT service delivery.

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Tue, July 05, 2016

CONSOLIDATION – A MAJOR STEP TOWARDS AN OPTIMISED DATABASE ENVIRONMENT

In the last decade, companies around the world have adopted new database systems, to cope with the flood of new information in the enterprise. New applications have been introduced with little time for the IT organization to organize this correctly. The push from application vendors for their favorite database system, leaves the companies with many separate resources and oversized systems, both in terms of hardware and licensing. The sheer number of applications and vendor specific requests and recommendations had complicated the job of the...

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Thu, June 09, 2016

CREATING DATACENTER HEROES

You may not be aware of it, but choosing the right tool can be the key to achieve full control, greater efficiencies and better resource management in the datacenter.

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Tue, March 08, 2016
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