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DBWATCH BLOG

The purpose of this blog is to inspire IT managers and DBAs to implement best practices within their database operations, which we feel strongly about.

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    Optimizing Oracle and SQL Server license cost with dbWatch

    Want to lower the cost of your database operations? You might start by consolidating database servers and loads, reducing the number of servers or standardising software. Even if you’ve settled on a single database engine like Oracle, it’s common to have multiple different versions in use; out of all the organizations using dbWatch, only one managed to converge on a single version of Oracle.   Read More...

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    dbWatch: database operations redefined

    Managing databases used to be about micro-managing a small number of powerful database servers, with DBA’s concentrating on performance optimizations to squeeze the last drop of power out of those systems, like hand-building a single car to win a race. Now you have hundreds - or even thousands - of servers instead of a handful of machines, often in the cloud or outsourced to hosters, and you’re running multiple database engines across a variety of platforms. And as the complexity increases, so d...  Read More...

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    Webinar: Reducing cost of database operations

    The number of Oracle and Microsoft  database servers is growing rapidly, and the cost of operations and licenses are skyrocketing. In this 30 min webinar we will look at two ways to control and contain cost of operating Oracle and SQLServer: Control your license cost - Rightsizing database licenses. Consolidating servers - How to pick candidates for consolidation. In the webinar we will show you how to identify areas where you can reduce cost and how to apply that insigh...  Read More...

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    Azure database performance measured

    Considering migrating your databases to Azure? A new report by our CTO Marek Jablonski has revealed some very surprising facts about the performance you can expect from an Azure database.It turns out that all is not well in the cloud.One of the big advantages of using an Azure database is that you can put it in different geographical locations. This allows you to serve your customers in Asia using a database physically located in Asia, and your customers in Europe with a database located in Euro...  Read More...

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    Global database server tuning in VM environments

    The traditional approach to tuning database servers for increases in performance is to focus wholesale on critical servers - or on ones that are experiencing performance issues.Exhaustively tuning a complex database server can take hours or days, tying up the most experienced DBA´s trying to squeeze the most out of available hardware resources on that server. In a VM world, you need to think differently.Since all instances within a virtualized server are competing for shared resources, a more ef...  Read More...

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    Optimizing SQL Server Operations - first steps

    When the number of Enterprise SQL Servers begins to grow along with your business, it is often difficult to keep up. A lack of coordination or database expertise can exacerbate problems associated with this growth. Consolidating and optimizing your servers will go a long way toward reducing the cost and complexity of your database environment.   Read More...

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    5 Steps To Avoid Oracle’s Licensing Traps

    As great a product as Oracle’s Enterprise Edition is, the sticker price will leave many CIOs and IT managers looking for less expensive options. The tech giant offers a much more affordable Standard Edition of its database suite with plenty of attractive features for companies on a tighter budget. However, as some have found out the hard way, Oracle’s complex licensing guidelines and aggressive audit tactics often leave unwitting customers...  Read More...

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    dbWatch 12.1 release!

    Version 12.1 is ready for public release. With version 12.1, we introduce many new features and benefits to our ever growing customer base.Some of the most important new benefits are SQL and Oracle license analysis, full support for Oracle Data Guard, and SQL Server AlwaysOn and dynamic dashboards.Other new features included a full refresh of the user interface, support for monitoring without installation on instances, improved platform&version support all around and many other small and big...  Read More...

  • Improving database operations - ITIL and continuous improvement.

    Today, ITIL and ITSM are core concepts in IT operations. They define processes that provide predictable functionality, cost and quality in IT services. One of the central concepts in IT is “continuous improvement”, meaning the constant drive to improve every aspect of IT service delivery.At the core of enterprise IT, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Servers and others is handling essential functions such as ERP, CRM, E-Commerce and logistics.   Read More...

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    Consolidation – A major step towards an optimised database environment

    In the last decade, companies around the world have adopted new database systems, to cope with the flood of new information in the enterprise. New applications have been introduced with little time for the IT organization to organize this correctly. The push from application vendors for their favorite database system, leaves the companies with many separate resources and oversized systems, both in terms of hardware and licensing.   Read More...

  • Creating datacenter heroes

    You may not be aware of it, but choosing the right tool can be the key to achieve full control, greater efficiencies and better resource management in the datacenter.Deploying the best tools can make datacenter heroes out of your DBAs. In most datacenters we find not only multiple database platforms such as Oracle and SQLServer, but also different versions of each platform. Each platform and sometimes each version come with their own set of tools and often complemented with multiple third party ...  Read More...

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