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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.


Database monitoring in complex networks

Monitoring databases in large,  distributed or hybrid environments

Monitoring database or SQL servers can in itself be a complex task - as we discuss in SQL Monitoring - 5 steps to full control. But what if you have a really complex environment, with multiple locations, restricted networks behind firewalls, high number of servers or a hybrid solution with some on-premise and some in a cloud? What are the issues, and how can you resolve them?

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Thu, April 11, 2019

Vision for the Future: dbWatch Enterprise Manager 12

dbWatch Enterprise Manager 12

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Thu, April 11, 2019

Extending database monitoring into the cloud

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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Thu, August 09, 2018

What is meant by horizontal and vertical database scalability?

Database server scalability is a common practice in use by IT departments today to help them cope with ever-growing databases and server requirements.

As data requirements grow, the number of server instances in use by businesses explodes, and the importance of stable and reliable IT systems increase, it’s no longer possible for businesses to cope with rigid, non-scalable systems and tools.

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Wed, November 08, 2017

3 performance issues to watch out for when monitoring/managing large number of SQL instances

Large databases are a key ingredient of today’s online world - most businesses, organisations, applications and software rely on them every second of the day to keep running smoothly.

But maintaining stability and smooth performance across a large and ever-growing set of databases isn’t simple, and that’s why many IT teams and DBAs rely on monitoring and management tools to identify and solve issues quickly.

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Wed, September 06, 2017

OPTIMIZING ORACLE AND SQL SERVER LICENSE COST WITH DBWATCH

Want to lower the cost of your database operations? You might start by consolidating database servers and loads, reducing the number of servers or standardising software. Even if you’ve settled on a single database engine like Oracle, it’s common to have multiple different versions in use; out of all the organizations using our dbWatch tools, only one managed to converge on a single version of Oracle. But just as you need to see if you’re making the most of your hardware and software environment, you also need to check if you’re using your...

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Tue, May 16, 2017

AZURE DATABASE PERFORMANCE MEASURED

Considering migrating your databases to Azure? A new report by our CTO Marek Jablonski has revealed some very surprising facts about the performance you can expect from an Azure database.

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Wed, March 08, 2017

OPTIMIZING SQL SERVER OPERATIONS: FIRST STEPS

When the number of SQL Servers begins to grow along with your business, it is often difficult to keep up. A lack of coordination or database administrators 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 and SQL Monitoring , 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
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