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What to Look for in a Database Automation Software

It’s almost 2021; your DBAs should not be performing manual tasks for database management. Database automation software helps make administration tasks faster and easier, so DBAs have time to spend on more critical tasks such as working on higher importance projects, resulting in higher productivity and faster release cycles.

However, choosing a software to implement can be tricky. If you’re new to database automation and don’t know where to begin, read more to learn what to look for in a database automation software to ensure that you pick the one that suits your needs.  

What Databases Does the Software Deal With?

An essential first step is to find out what databases the software you’re looking at deals with to ensure that it is compatible with your database. There are two different types of databases: relational and non-relational. A relational database is an SQL database such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL. In relational databases, data is easily structured into categories with organized tables, columns and rows. Relationships between the data are clear and easily defined, data is consistent in input, meaning, and is easy to navigate. 

A non-relational database is a NoSQL database such as MongoDB, Cassandra, and Redis. In non-relational databases, data is not confined to a structured group, but instead is presented in a laundry list fashion. Your data and analysis are capable of being more dynamic as the database allows for more variant inputs. Additionally, you can perform functions that allow for greater flexibility if needed. Choosing a software can be nothing more than evaluating your environment; be sure to choose one that meets your needs and is compatible with your database. 

Does the Software Enable Scheduling of Jobs and Processes?

You’ll want to double-check to make sure the software you choose is capable of scheduling jobs and processes. The software is meant to make the job of the DBA easier, and menial tasks such as scheduling can be automated so the DBA can focus their efforts on other tasks and be more productive. The software should schedule jobs and consistently monitor the schedule; there’s no need to check off jobs once completed manually. The software should also be able to automate interactive processes and provide an audit trail that provides a record of who changed what. 

Can the Software Perform Logs and Track Errors?

Logging and error tracking can help DBAs track and analyze errors as the database grows, but your employee shouldn’t have to waste their time completing this manually. Small tasks like this eventually stack up and take a lot of time for the DBA to check off their to-do list. Choose a software that can perform logs and track errors so that your staff doesn’t have to.

Licensing vs. Open Source

Another element to consider is whether the database automation tools are available as open source or licensed. Open source tools are free; however, they may prove to be more challenging. Although open source tools offer basic functionality, they require periodic upgrades and forums. The tools need implementation projects, customer time and focus, plus continuous maintenance. Popular programs tend to be components of a complete system, not end-to-end solutions.

Licensed tools also require frequent upgrades, but offer a support staff with quick response times. They often feature risk management, access restrictions, policies, auditing functions, drift detection, and ongoing training and fortified security. Although not free, licensed software may be most efficient route to take in the long run as the maintenance costs of open source tools will add up quickly. 

Bringing DBAs into DevOps with automation software

Traditionally, DBAs have had to rely on manual, time-consuming, and error-prone methods to ensure the database had the correct changes made. By bringing DBAs into Dev Ops, data updates can be applied and configured to maintain organizational standards. Additional benefits include increased database issue awareness and preparedness as well as faster releases and fewer problems for everyone involved.

Your Search is Over. Choose MAS

MAS is a proprietary database automation software that allows you to increase productivity, decrease costs, and achieve standardization across all popular databases. MAS will enable DBAs to monitor CPU usage and I/O levels while showing possible failure points. DBAs can easily view active sessions to locate top SQL statements, allowing the user to remedy inefficient code or kill the session. MAS can further help your business with solutions for compliance, backups, monitoring, and cloud migration.

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