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5 Reasons to Choose a Managed Services Approach to Database Administration

24x7 Coverage, Improved SLAs, and More


In January 2014, Datavail commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the viability of a managed service approach to database administration. With the explosion in the variety, velocity and volume of data and databases, coupled with the scarcity of DBA talent, the time is right to consider an alternative approach to managing databases. Forrester Consulting conducted the survey of executives in mid to large enterprises who are using managed services to augment their in-house DBA.

Forrester Principal Analyst Noel Yuhanna shares the results of the study which include:

  • Improved SLAs – in some cases, dramatically improved
  • Consistent 24×7 coverage
  • Deep expertise in areas where in-house staff needed assistance
  • Multi-platform expertise
  • Improved retention of on-staff DBAs

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e surveyed 50 US database administration decision makers in various work industries, and these are companies with more than 1,000 employees. They have fairly large databases, and they have 100’s of 1,000’s of databases. At least some of their databases were being outsourced by these organizations, saving money from administration, saving money from the tools they have to buy, saving money from all these various types of additional hardware they may have to purchase, if they don’t tune their databases. If you look at organizations, they spend a lot of time troubleshooting databases, troubleshooting the environments and the applications. We are spending less time on the business value itself. With outsourcing, you can actually pay more focus on business value like what all things you have to do with high availability and disaster recovery. Outsourcing helps to complement the existing staff by offloading the existing database activities, such as backup and tuning and optimization and loading, unloading data to these outsourcing providers.

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