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Are Your Databases Overdue for a Checkup?

Data-driven decision-making is a competitive differentiator for SMBs, but being able to use data effectively requires a healthy foundation. Your company’s databases do a lot of heavy lifting to power your applications and business intelligence, and they need to be maintained on a routine basis to keep them operating at their full potential.

When DBAs Have Full Plates

If your database administrators (DBAs) have their plates full just keeping the lights on, (or if you have technologists wearing multiple hats), then they probably don’t have the bandwidth for proactive maintenance.

Small issues that could have been fixed in advance end up snowballing into unplanned downtime that can cost SMBs $8,600+ an hour, with a recent report by the Uptime Institute finding 60% of outages cost $100,000+ in total.

What Happens When Your Database is Sick

It’s only a matter of time before a lack of routine database assessment catches up with you. Frequent database performance issues and outages can have a wide-ranging impact on your business, including:
  • Direct revenue loss
  • Emergency mitigation costs
  • Decreased productivity
  • Long delays in dashboard refreshes and database updates
  • Poor customer experience
  • Damaged brand reputation
  • Data loss
  • Cybersecurity risks
  • Fines from lack of compliance
  • Paying too much in cloud costs due to poorly optimized database instances
Some SMBs even get so impacted by system outages and failures that they go out of business entirely. Database health checks help your business stay in front of potential issues, identifying and resolving them before you experience these damaging effects. You also get an environment and performance baseline, which is critical for long-term database planning and potential cloud migrations.

How to Make Room in Your IT Budget for Database Health Checks and Assessments

IT budget is tight at the best of times, and trying to get buy-in for proactive solutions can be an uphill battle. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. As an AWS Advanced Tier Consulting Partner, Datavail can connect you with AWS funding programs that can offset the costs of database assessments, cloud migrations, and other initiatives.

Fill out the form on this page to learn more about these funding programs from our database experts.

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How a Database Health Check Works

Regular assessments give you the required information to help eliminate issues that cause slowness, poor performance, and eventually, unavailability. It’s also the first step in establishing a performance and capacity baseline when considering a cloud migration or other database planning.

Datavail uses a custom assessment process, honed over a decade based on the hands-on experience of 100s of DBAs across 1,000s of customer environments. The areas that we evaluate during a database health check include:

  • Instance configuration
  • Database health
  • Backups
  • File System
  • Operating System
  • Performance issues
  • Security issues

Whether you have a small environment that can be assessed in one day or a large complex environment that requires a team of experts diving into the details for months, Datavail can provide key insights, short- and long-term database recommendations, optimization opportunities, and information on alternative database approaches to your environment.

Get Started with a Comprehensive Database Assessment

At Datavail, an AWS Advanced Tier Consulting Partner, we have 1,000+ data professionals with deep expertise across leading technologies. Our DBAs and cloud specialists have assessed databases of all shapes, sizes, and industries across our 700+ customers.

We can perform database health checks on:

Our tried-and-true database health check process gives you the comprehensive assessment you need to make the most of your data, avoid costly downtime, and maximize your cloud investments.

Fill out the form on this page to take the first step toward healthier, happier databases.

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