On digital landscapes, managing the complexities of securing database environments can be overwhelming. From configuration to maintenance and backups, there’s a lot to juggle. Surges in index usage and application and performance issues add to the challenge. It’s little wonder many organizations fall short in their efforts to optimize database security, efficiency and reliability.

Consider the results of database assessments performed by our experts. A full 90% of organizations failed the disaster recovery review. Another 88% failed the SQL server configuration and database maintenance reviews, with 40%, failing the security review and 39% failing the database backup review.

These numbers are concerning when you look at the high volumes of data under management, which makes the job of the database administrator all the more difficult. According to a recent Unisphere Research survey on the changing role of DBAs, nearly 60% of respondents had more than 100TB of structured data under management.

Data Proliferation on Complex Database Landscapes Creates Challenges for DBAs­

To manage these swelling volumes of data, DBAs rely on a diverse range of database systems including relational systems, NoSQL and MultiValue DBMSs. Exacerbating the complexity are cloud platforms and NoSQL, presenting DBAs with the added challenge of optimizing databases across on-premises and cloud environments.

Even with the automation of functions like the verification of backups and database instances, DBAs have a lot to handle including performance tuning (a huge drain on time) and data security.

The stakes are high. Ever-looming is the cost of downtime, data compromise and application performance problems that can erode customer loyalty — leaving no margin for error.

Database Governance Reduces Risk

In high-risk database environments, database administration needs to be approached as a strategy — not a fire-and-forget it proposition. An effective way to reduce strain on DBAs and risks to security and business performance is to outsource database governance.

A comprehensive database governance strategy helps optimize performance, improve security, ensure compliance and reduce TCO (total cost of ownership) by simplifying architecture and setting standards to enable DBAs to address issues before they become major problems. Look for a provider that approaches database governance with these core steps:

1.Discovery: It’s easy to lose track of versions and licenses on active databases and databases that have become obsolete. Performing a database inventory identifies which versions are in use, have become unlicensed or require security patches.

2. Assessment: Diving into your database inventory to see what’s happening at the deepest levels helps determine opportunities to consolidate and improve administration, virtualization, compliance, security and performance.

3. Analysis and review: Data tells a story. Analyzing it helps to identify opportunities to improve database security, privacy and system performance.

4. Roadmap design: Based on objectives identified during analysis and review, the next step is creating a roadmap to guide system, network and architecture development. An understanding of logical and physical data modeling and interactions between different database and hardware components helps to optimize ROI. The performance and functional characteristics of your database should inform how to preconfigure and load balance physical and virtual machines.

5. Execution: This involves designing and delivering on the transformation of IT infrastructure and testing all changes to your environment — standards, security and backup.

6. Ongoing management: Ongoing database monitoring and alerting is essential to having a full picture of areas of risk and to ensure compliance.

Ntirety, a division of HOSTING, has the resources and expertise to create and execute an effective database governance strategy. For insight on the Ntirety approach to database nirvana, download the Whitepaper, Database Governance: The Next Step in Database Optimization. Contact us to learn more.