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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

5 inevitable red flags to watch out for in complex database systems

The goal of any organisation, business or otherwise, is to grow. In the past, the size of a company was determined by the number of physical products that one either created or sold. Say you built and sold left-handed toolboxes. If you sold enough of these left-handed toolboxes, and if they were of good enough quality, more people wanted your toolboxes, so you created more. With this growth, was a need to keep a record of these products, customers, sales, etc. Companies simply kept records in pen and paper, in stacks of ledgers. Soon these...

Mon, May 07, 2018

7 proven ways to embed simplicity in database administration 

In theory, managing a database should be a relatively easy process. Once you've designed it, normalised your data model, and loaded the data, it should run pretty well on its own. However, theory rarely matches reality. There are, of course, many day-to-day tasks, such as tuning performance and rebuilding indexes when they get lost. These add layers of complexity, which only grow as the database gets larger. Add to this the likelihood that the number of instances you need keeps growing, and you see your time for other tasks rapidly becoming...

Mon, April 23, 2018

The database feedback loop: How visibility drives better design

You have a solid database architecture. You spent all the requisite time needed making sure your models are normalised in a way to provide the cleanest structures. However, reality being what it is, there are occasional problems. Rarely is any database complete and perfect the first time it is deployed. Sure, you can handle any problems that arise at first; every now and then something doesn't run the way it is supposed to. You can see most of what you need through a quick examination of the logs; there are few slow-downs, but for the most...

Tue, April 10, 2018

What to do when SQL Monitor is no longer enough

One of the more popular products currently on the market is SQL Monitor, a product designed specifically for working with SQL Server. Its success is largely due to its ease of use and accessibility to those without professional DBA training. It works reasonably well for those used to working solely within Microsoft's product environment. As many companies have corporate policies to work specifically with Microsoft as their main, if only, product platform, it's a helpful tool.

Fri, March 23, 2018

How a single DB management solution could help you achieve your compliance goals

Maintaining compliance with new regulations is more important than ever for organisations around the world. With a vast amount of sensitive data stored on your servers, and an ever-growing security threat online, it’s important to look at the options for keeping your database and servers compliant with all the latest security guidelines.

GDPR is a regulation focussed on ensuring that individual customers have control over the data that you hold about them. As part of this, it’s important that you retain control over how data is stored, how...

Fri, March 09, 2018

3 ways an all-in-one DB management solution could help your IT Operations thrive

The success of any IT team depends on the support they get and the tools that they use. Underfunded teams, or those without the right equipment, can often struggle with the tasks they’re assigned, leading to mistakes and delays that can be costly for the entire business.

With access to the best tools and support, however, IT teams can thrive. Access to an all-in-one database management tool can revolutionise the way that an IT team works, bringing cost savings and oversight advantages to their organisation.

Fri, March 02, 2018

Why best of breed and all in one aren't mutually exclusive when it comes to database management

For many people, the idea of an all-in-one tool suggests a lack of quality. People mistakenly think that by opting for a wide-ranging one-size-fits-all toolset, they’ll be sacrificing quality compared to adopting bespoke specialist tools that have been designed to fit a niche.

Fri, February 23, 2018

Database expansion: assessing the impact of downtime vs the cost of proper database management solutions

The cost and time involved in researching, purchasing and adopting new tools into a database management workflow are what stops some managers from providing their DBAs with the latest and best tools.

Fri, February 16, 2018

SQLBits Launch Announcement

dbWatch is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 2018 SQLBits conference in London on February 23rd and 24th.

Appearing at the Olympia in London, the dbWatch team will be on hand to talk to conference attendees about our database tools, latest industry events, and to showcase our latest solution for database management - dbWatch Enterprise Manager.

Tue, February 13, 2018

Counting the cost of not arming your DBA effectively

There are many different toolkits available today for DBAs to help with their day-to-day tasks and the smooth running of a business’s servers.

Fri, February 09, 2018
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