Businesses are producing more data than ever before — a whopping 2.5 quintillion bytes of every day. With the growth of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), this growth of data is not going to let up. At the same time, as our data increases exponentially, users are expecting faster response times from applications with zero latency. For DBAs, this means managing more transactions and larger data sets and ensuring performance is meeting expectations.
To optimize performance, cut costs and improve efficiency, many organizations are embracing database consolidation.
How database consolidation can improve performance
Data consolidation works by taking data from multiple sources, deduping it, and then consolidating the data into a single data store.
Data consolidation offers numerous advantages:
- Lowers IT expenses and administrative costs
- Frees up the IT team to work on other initiatives with fewer databases to maintain
- Reduces the number of servers and storage space required to house data
- Saves energy costs due to reduced hardware requirements
- Increase server availability, thereby improving performance
- Simplifies management for DBAs and other IT staff
- Simplifies backup and recovery
- Lowers licensing costs for software applications because applications can be installed on fewer machines
In sum, database consolidation is a critical project that will improve performance and make the DBA’s life easier while improving the overall efficiency of the database infrastructure.
Application performance management: critical for high performance
Another important initiative for IT organizations is application performance management (APM). APM is essential for making sure that mission-critical applications are optimized for peak performance.
In most organizations, applications use a combination of virtualization, the cloud, the web, and third-party API integrations. Manually monitoring and tracking applications across a diverse infrastructure is time-consuming and can present major challenges for any IT team, no matter how large or how skilled. APM automates the process of searching the database errors to identify and fix application performance issues when they occur, enabling your IT team to resolve issues more quickly and more easily.
In order for APM to work correctly, it must have good data to work with in the first place. Once APM understands your baseline application activities, it can identify outliers and potential problems.
Database expertise to improve performance
Database consolidation and APM require resources to implement. Many organizations, the DBA just doesn’t have the time to devote to these projects because they’re busy with day-to-day responsibilities.
At Ntirety, we offer database consulting services to help your IT team with database consolidation and APM and improve the performance of your database environment. We also provide Remote DBA, DBA OnDemand, and database consulting services and work with leading vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft, and VMWare. Contact us for more information.