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This white paper addresses key methods for successfully managing today’s complex database infrastructures, including balancing key business metrics, understanding the challenges DBAs face, and finding the right tools to monitor and manage the database environment.
A slow relational database can substantially impact the performance of the applications it supports. Users may issue thousands of transactions every minute, which are serviced by perhaps dozens of redundant web and application servers – and a single database. The relational database must preserve consistency and availability, making it a highly centralized asset. It concentrates the transactions and places a great deal of pressure on the database stack to operate at optimal levels of performance and availability. This is why the database is so critical, and it’s also why the DBAs who manage it are more than average administrators.
To successfully manage these complex database environments, one must balance key business metrics, understand the DBA’s unique challenges, and select the right tools for database administration.