Let’s face it, we are all trying to figure out ways to save money. And we all spend way too much with vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. We want to find ways to save money without impacting service.  From an IT perspective, database consolidation is one way an organization can save money. The reduction in the total cost of ownership can be significant because you reduce the number of databases. At Ntirety we typically see north of 50% consolidation ratios with database consolidation, essentially cutting your database licensing footprint in half! So there are huge savings to be had when you do a database consolidation.

When launching a database consolidation project, there are a few important questions you need to answer:

  • Will you consolidate on a database basis, instance basis, and/or enterprise basis?
  • Will you be on a virtualized infrastructure?

Your business objectives, IT environment, data requirements, and best practices will drive the right choice for your organization. The choice you make will determine the specific IT skills your organization needs.

Let’s define each of these questions a bit further.

  • Database basis: In this scenario, you consolidate databases from different instances and bring them together based on performance characteristics (to maximize database-to-instance density and efficiency) and/or functional purpose (to create instances that only serve specific business purposes).
  • Instance basis: You consolidate multiple instances on a separate physical and / or virtual machine (VM)
  • Enterprise basis: You consolidate to achieve a net reduction in required hardware (CPU, memory, and disk IOPS) across the infrastructure that supports the database environment.
  • Virtualization basis: You detach and disassociate the database layer from the physical machine in order to bring to a VM.

SMBs should look to database consolidation as a way to cut IT costs and reduce TCO but few of these organizations have the IT subject matter experts on staff to analyze their database requirements and execute a successful project. The level of complexity, the number of variables, and depth of analysis require a team of IT experts that bring different skill sets. This is where Ntirety can help.

For more information and to read Ntirety’s full white paper on Database Consolidation, please visit Ntirety.com