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Extending database monitoring into the cloud

Posted by Andreas Hope on Aug 9, 2018 10:12:00 AM

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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Topics: cloud

The growing problem of “complexity creep” and how to avoid it

Posted by Andreas Hope on Jun 18, 2018 10:16:00 AM

Complexity is often a natural condition of most successful businesses. We build databases to handle complex data, to
maintain a layer of structure for important business information.

However, when building a database, or cluster of databases, typically the needs or requirements change over time. New
divisions or projects spring up. This is generally not a bad thing for a business or organisation. In most cases growth is good. However order to do this, without incurring huge amount of expense, often you a add these modules into existing databases rather than create new ones for different purposes.

There are many advantages to this approach; it makes accessing data easier if needed. However, in some (read: many) cases, you need to create new databases to handle different functions. One part of a business, such as vendor contract information, may have literally nothing to do with another, such as customer service records. So new databases are created. Maybe even the needs in one function, such as sales records increase beyond the capacity of the original
database they receive higher workloads than others. 

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Topics: cloud, sqlmanager, database design

Does a hybrid mix of database platforms, versions, on-premise/off-premise/cloud always bring more complexity?

Posted by Andreas Hope on Jun 4, 2018 8:14:00 AM

One of the primary features of a successful company is growth. In the earlier stages, you started working in a relatively simple environment. Maybe you had a few separate databases handling a few functions. Typically, these handled data for maintaining and managing products, employees, and sales.

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Topics: cloud