Managing a Complex Database Landscape

RDBMS, NoSQL, cloud, on-premises, homegrown… you name it, it’s part of today’s database world. Gone are the days where you can master Microsoft SQL Server and have insight into every database within your organization. Specialized solutions exist for all kinds of different database needs, with more appearing every day. The more that organizations begin to experiment with and adopt these new technologies, the more diverse and complex the database landscape grows. Your database team needs to be equipped to handle the complex and challenging infrastructure that exists to support this evolving space.

The Day That User Patience Died

Users aren’t directly exposed to the database layer in their day-to-day world, but their experience is directly affected by its performance. Poor database performance leads to an unresponsive application, and users have become accustomed to rapid responses. We live in a data-driven world where we expect that information should readily available whenever we call upon it.

In addition, as your business grows and leverages more tools and applications your database team’s attention gets diluted further in an effort to support these applications, bleeding resources away from what’s most important to both your customer experience and the bottom line. This problem can be compounded by the need to cross-train team members on new systems, legacy environments, and the multitude of tools used to maintain and monitor them. The more that you can streamline the team’s efforts and their ability to understand and evaluate newer technologies, the more they can focus on optimizing data interactions and improving the end user’s experience.

Slow Migration to New Technologies

Even though cloud-based databases are often appealing for their increased flexibility and agility coupled with their reduced cost to operate, the migration to these newer technologies can easily be obstructed by resourcing and migration requirements. Teams may try to leverage the diverse database technologies available to them, but are held back due to the requirements of maintaining their organization’s existing infrastructure. Strategic planning, migration policy development, and other prerequisites to a cloud migration are pushed to the side in order to focus on putting out the fires already in front of them.

What does this mean for the future of your database infrastructure? It’s crucial to prioritize planning so that your data can continue to support the business’ needs in the future, but it’s far too easy to get caught up the numerous other responsibilities demanding the database administrators’ time. Establishing SLAs to focus on future goals helps teams become more strategic with today’s tools while preparing for the organization’s future needs. In addition, leveraging a database and infrastructure monitoring platform that offers you more visibility into key performance indicators and reduces troubleshooting times can free up your time so you can focus more on preventing issues and less on reacting to them.

Database Blind Spots

Managing multiple databases with different data sets can result in areas where you don’t have sufficient visibility into key data metrics and configuration. Because of these database blind spots, many database administrators have had to resort to developing their own personal library of homegrown scripts. While these scripts can function as a bridge between the monitoring solutions implemented and the functionality required by the stakeholders, they are inevitably hard to maintain and it’s nearly impossible for them to provide the same functionality as what can be found in a fully featured monitoring suite.

Blind spots within your database infrastructure wreak the most havoc during root cause analysis. If you’re tracking down an issue’s source but you have limited visibility into your database infrastructure, you may not be able to discover the root cause and be confident the issue has been fully resolved. Consolidating your database and infrastructure monitoring on a single platform can provide visibility into these blind spots and help you fill in the gaps, so you can start to dive deeper into your data and optimize your database performance across the stack.

Every Database, One Platform

These challenges just brush the surface of the complex database landscape facing us today. Increased visibility into the performance of your varied databases allows you to more accurately evaluate and improve (and maybe even simplify) the infrastructure you’ve built to support them. In addition, you can pinpoint the cause of problems faster and reduce the time your team has to spend chasing down and putting out fires so they can focus on optimizing database performance–where users truly feel the most impact.

A database and infrastructure monitoring platform like SelectStar, the most comprehensive SaaS monitoring platform on the market, offers the ability to gain the visibility you need into the health, availability, and performance of your databases.

SelectStar consolidates your database monitoring in one tool — no matter what type of database or whether it’s on-prem or in the cloud. From monitoring your legacy relational databases to migrating to the newest NoSQL database technologies, SelectStar gives you visibility into hundreds of metrics for true visibility into how your databases are performing.

Alerts and notifications provide insight into the performance of your system while out-of-the-box recommendations allow you to compare your current configurations to industry best practices and instantly see how you can get the most out of your database.

With SelectStar, create a foundation of database and infrastructure monitoring so you can eliminate alert storms, reduce the time your team spends troubleshooting and optimize performance — now and in the future. Get your free trial for SelectStar today.

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