Why companies should keep an eye on the performance of their database servers

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Organizations of all sizes used databases to run everything from internal apps to customer-facing websites, and the performance of these servers needs to be monitored and maintained as much as possible.

To explain why this is necessary, here is a runthrough of the advantages that come with persistent performance monitoring.

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Sidestepping unplanned outages

The performance of your database is a good indicator of its overall health and resilience. So by using popular monitoring tools from the likes of SentryOne, Idera, Quest or Redgate you can be on the lookout for any discrepancies, flaws or vulnerabilities which are brewing beneath the surface and may not be apparent from other interactions.

Being able to spot issues and take preventative action against them is key to ensuring that your server uptime is optimized and that the only downtime that occurs comes about specifically because you have scheduled it. Unplanned outages can cost businesses big, so performance monitoring is crucial from this perspective.

Pinpointing potential upgrade paths

When a server is running well, it will enhance productivity and be a valuable asset to any business. meanwhile if it is sluggish or inconsistent, it could create disruption and delays elsewhere. In some cases the latter scenario can arise if the server hardware is not up to scratch, so using monitoring tools to assess its effectiveness under existing workloads and also predict how this will change further down the line is sensible.

One example of this relates specifically to server storage. Your database may suffer serious performance degradation as it closes in on its maximum storage capacity, and even if this is not a concern for the time being, it eventually will be. Any company that keeps an eye on performance will be in a position to forecast the trajectory of storage needs in particular and hardware needs more generally, so that upgrade paths can be plotted well in advance.

Extracting value from existing resources

While upgrade preparations can be informed by performance monitoring, you can also use this to wring as much from your current hardware as possible rather than having to splash out on costly new components for your server.

There is usually a lot more life left in a server than you might think, especially if you have not looked into performance already, in which case finding additional headroom without having to raid your budget will seem like a magic trick.

Assigning DBAs efficiently

Ultimately it will be the database administrators who have to jump in and fix issues with a server when something serious goes awry, which of course will take them away from their day to day responsibilities and may even necessitate them being pulled off entirely separate projects for the duration of a given dilemma.

Performance monitoring is an effective early warning system that means you can troubleshoot issues as soon as possible and avoid such disasters occurring in the first place, which in turn means that your technical team will not be rushed off its feet unexpectedly.


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