Considering Cloud DBMS Systems? Choose Your Architecture Wisely!

Databases in the Cloud
Technology leaders are being inundated with a flood of new cloud architectures, strategies and products – all guaranteed by vendors and various industry pundits to solve all of our database challenges.  The seemingly endless array of public cloud based DBMS offerings can quickly become bewildering.  This article is intended to peel back the veil of cloud based DBMS offerings by providing readers with our experiences with cloud based database architectures.

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The DBA Detective- It Takes More Than Tools to Solve Performance Problems

Those who excel at tuning understand that the tuning process starts with an understanding of the problem and continues with the administrator collecting statistical information. Information collection begins at a global level and then narrows in scope until the problem is pinpointed. This article provides hints and tips that can be used to determine what architectural component is causing the problem.

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The DBA Best Practices Series Part 3- Reducing Organizational Risk

We learned in previous articles that it takes more than just being a great technician to keep your customers happy.  The theme of this series is that if you want to be viewed as a strategic resource in your organization, being a technical expert isn’t enough.  Because of the trade you have chosen, the DBA position provides you with an excellent opportunity to play a more strategic role in your organization.

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Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series- Part 4- Can I Still Get Personalized Service Remotely?

This is Part 4 of a series that compares in-house personnel, consultants and remote DBA service providers.  In Part 1, we talked about the cost reduction benefits that remote DBA service providers offer customers.  In Part 2, we discussed service continuity and quality as well as the flexibility benefits customers receive when utilizing a remote DBA service provider.  In Part 3, we reviewed the benefits of collective knowledge and deep dive subject matter expertise.

In part 4 of the Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series, we’ll discuss how remote DBA providers deliver personalized services to customers.  I use RDX’s service delivery approach as an example of how remote DBA providers can exceed the quality of work performed by in-house personnel or consultants.

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Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series- Part 3- Collective Knowledge & Expertise

This is Part 3 of a series that compares in-house personnel, consultants and remote DBA service providers.  In Part 1, we talked about the cost reduction benefits that remote DBA service providers offer customers.  In Part 2 we discussed service continuity and quality as well as the flexibility benefits customers receive when utilizing a remote DBA service provider.

In this installment of the series, we’ll focus on the collective knowledge benefits and subject matter expertise remote DBA service providers offer clients.  I use my organization, RDX, as an example.

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Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series- Part 2- Service Quality and Flexibility

In part 1, we talked about the cost reduction benefits that remote DBA service providers offer customers. In part 2 of the Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series, we’ll discuss the continuity and quality of service and support flexibility benefits customers experience when utilizing a remote DBA service provider. We’ll also compare these benefits to in-house and consulting alternatives.

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Remote DBA Benefits Comparison Series- Cost Reduction

Introduction

I’ve been working in the IT profession for close to 30 years now. In virtually all facets related to database administration, I’ve had the good fortune of performing a fairly varied set of tasks for my employers over the last couple of decades.

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The DBA Best Practices Series- Maximizing Your Organization’s Database Technology Investment

The theme of this series of articles is that if you want to be viewed as a strategic resource in your organization, being a technical expert isn’t enough.  Because of the trade you have chosen, the DBA position provides you with an excellent opportunity to play a more strategic role in your organization.

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The DBA Best Practices Series- Becoming a Strategic Resource, Not Just a Utility Provider

As a DBA, it takes more than just being a great technician to keep your customers happy. There are dozens of database experts that are willing to provide you with their own technical administration best practices. In this series, I intend to round out your knowledge to make you more than just a good administrator. And I have a news blast for you: if you want to be viewed as a strategic resource, being a technical expert isn’t enough.

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RDX MongoDB Service Launch Announcement

RDX is pleased to announce the launch of our MongoDB NoSQL database service offering. NoSQL architectures have been gaining an increasing amount of attention from the IT community.  Many organizations now consider NoSQL offerings to be standard infrastructure choices for new database-driven application implementations. 

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