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Increasing Availability of Your Database Environment Using Remote DBA

For most successful and competitive organizations, it is imperative to focus on what they do best and to rely on experts to manage non-core activities. Several facets of IT management and support lend themselves particularly well to this model via remote management; one of the ripest the IT functions for remote management is that of database administration / administrator (DBA).

Below we will take a look at the benefits of having a Remote DBA for your organization.

  1. Obsessive Focus on the database
    In many small and medium enterprises (SME's), there is usually only a single 'IT guy'. He is the go-to resource for all things IT - routine PC and server support and maintenance, database administration, setting up and installing users' software, creating and overseeing the IT budget, and many other functions. This leaves precious little time to focus on the demanding and time-consuming fulltime tasks that a DBA must perform to keep the organization's database performing in peak condition - such as performance tuning, regular backups, index optimization and maintenance, disk and space utilization, database security, and so on. The overworked IT resource typically only has time to carry out the bare essentials of the DBA role - perhaps checking on the backups weekly, and a cursory confirmation that the 'database is still running'. With a remote dba service, you ensure that your database receives the necessary detailed, round-the-clock attention that such a critical part of your organization requires. Most application systems utilize the database as a back end platform, and without the database it is entirely possible for operations to grind to a halt. The remote dba service employs professionals who do nothing else but zero in on the health, availability, safety and overall wellbeing of your database, keeping it in tip-top shape by their single-minded focus on your database environment.
  2. Database complexities and cost
    The modern relational database, such as Oracle or SQL Server, is an amazingly complex software suite with a myriad of features that take years to learn and master. In fact because of this most DBA's are usually only specialists in one dba platform, and only have a general working knowledge of one or two more. Added to this is the cost of training a DBA. For instance it is estimated that training a DBA in just one of the two most in-demand database platforms, Oracle or SQL Server, will cost about $70,000. If this is an in-house employee, also consider that in addition to the expense of training, you have also made him or her much more marketable in the dba field, and he will now either expect a commensurate pay raise, or leave and take his / her skills to the competition. But by employing a remote dba service, you need not agonize over these decisions. Since these are dedicated dba professionals, they come pre-trained and with years of experience in the field. Bottom line - it saves you money and administrative hassle to use a remote dba service. Also related to this is the fact that it is increasingly likely in today's business world for the organization to utilize application systems running more than one database system. The main operational system may be Oracle-based while the finance and accounting system may be SQL-Server based. This requires training the IT person(s) in more than one database system, thus exacerbating the issues mentioned above regarding an in-house dba.
  3. Quality, diversity and experience
    Your organization has just trained your in-house dba and she is raring to go. Hold on, that's just the first step. Remember we mentioned that the modern database is a complex and multi-faceted piece of software. Your dba will need some time to learn the ropes and start optimizing your databases. Also, if there is a specific section of database management that the dba did not grasp adequately in training (such as the notoriously tricky subjects Large & Binary Objects, or FullText Searching, or Analysis Services), then the dba will not implement these functions correctly, meaning you will not see their benefits in your environment. In many cases remote DBA services offer superior DBA management compared to a hired internal DBA. Remember that remote DBA professionals are niche specialists in their fields with years of experience; in addition they are very well versed in most aspects of the dba arena. Also, remote dba's work in close-knit teams that collectively cover wide areas of expertise and aspects of the dba world. This close collaboration also improves each individual's knowledge as they train each other and offer informal tips and tricks gathered in their working lives.
  4. Advanced functionality
    Remote dba's, being subject matter experts, can offer advanced knowledge and functionality in the management and administration of databases. This is especially true of rarely-used but nevertheless crucial functions which occur at most once every few years, such as database migrations or upgrades, or disaster recovery planning. These functions are typically unfamiliar to in-house dba's because of their infrequency. But remote dba's deal with a large number of databases on a daily basis, and in the course of their interactions become experts in these little-used capabilities and functions.

The take-away from all this is that, when examined from a business-logic point of view, there are numerous benefits to using remote dba services. And enables your organization to reap all the advantages outlined here and more. We offer all these via a dedicated team of professionals ready to proactively manage and safeguard your database on a 24 X 7 X 365 basis.