Database environments continue to increase in size and complexity while the challenge of maintaining the performance and availability of business-critical systems is also growing.
A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before – both on premises and in the cloud.
As a result, it's no surprise that the biggest priorities for database teams this year are improving database performance, database upgrades, and data integration. The other common factor in all these initiatives is the central role played by database replication.
DBTA recently held a webinar with Joe McKendrick, lead analyst at Unisphere Research, and Sreevani Abbaraju, product manager at Quest Software, who discussed the new market insights and and best practices for meeting database goals this year.
According to McKendrick, today’s top database concerns range from the availability of applications to performance and database security, to migrating to the cloud.
The impact of downtime was duly noted with respondents of the survey saying it means longer hours, the company’s loss of its reputation, employee dissatisfaction, and more.
Storage for mission-critical data is on the move, with cloud rising to the top, according to McKendrick and the survey.
Data replication is also another option for disaster recovery, offloading workloads, data integration, and more.
According to McKendrick and Abbaraju, some points to consider while moving forward this year include:
- Datasets are increasing in size, creating management challenges
- Data reside in multiple places, where it’s of most value to the business
- Cloud offers backup and load balancing possibilities
An archived on-demand replay of this webinar is available here.