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Top 5 Signs It's Time to Check Your Database Health

Posted by Dan Ryan | 11/8/16 12:13 PM

We don’t need to tell you, keeping your business running smoothly is an ongoing process. Regular maintenance of business-critical IT infrastructure elements like Oracle, SQL Server, or NoSQL databases is essential to the growth of any organization.

With an infinite number of ways for database performance to suffer and just as many causes, vigilance is key. Anything from bad design, poorly coded SQL statements, or flawed application code can lead to poor database performance.

Even the best of the best will degrade with time. So however tedious they may be, routine maintenance and health checks can help you avoid far bigger, not to mention costlier, problems down the road.

So how do you know it’s time to check on the health of your database?  Here are a few key health indicators to look out for:

  1. If your end-user experience is deteriorating (i.e. application slowdowns). Application performance problems often lead back to the database and can be difficult to find.
  2. If your data needs are outstripping your current administrative capabilities. Large databases need more tuning, backup, recovery, and upgrade support.
  3. If compliance or security policy is in question.
  4. If documentation is missing or incomplete.
  5. If some database instances are unstable or performance is lagging.

Whether you’re dealing with improper caching or coding or just a general slowdown, regular checks on the status and overall functionality of your databases are a must, but having the time and resources in-house to cover such maintenance is a rarity. ManageForce takes that task off of the plate of IT with off-site database management services, freeing up IT resources to focus on more strategic, business initiatives.

The ManageForce database health check (whether Oracle, SQL Server, NoSQL, etc.) focuses on the delivery of best practices relative to your current environment. A healthy database is a happy database and makes for a smoother running business.

Learn more about the importance of checking in on your databases and how ManageForce can help in this complimentary copy of our database health check: 

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Topics: Database, Database Management

Written by Dan Ryan


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