Data, data, data.  With something like 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created daily, database administrators must constantly search for ways to improve performance and optimize the environment.  Here are some basic tips to help DBAs stay on track.

Identify and resolve performance issues before they happen

Proactively perform regular health checks like analyzing database performance, identifying anomalies, and remediating problems before the database or applications start to underperform or even fail.

Minimize database application failures

Upgrades, application and coding modifications, and remediation will continuously change our applications, databases, and workflows.

Define benchmarks

Monitor your database and compare to real-time database performance.  If performance begins to degrade, analyze performance attributes and isolate problems before they become critical.

Improve database capacity planning

Use your performance benchmarking metrics to predict performance changes over time based on the application usage levels.  Since you’ll be able to better predict the workflow, you can more accurately plan capacity.

Everything will change

As the volume of data continues to grow, it’s essential that applications change while performance is maintained.  Knowing the basics of what to monitor as changes are made are essential for managing growth and planning for the future.