By Nimish Shelat, Product Marketing Manager – HP Automation and Cloud Management
Database administrators face some pretty clear expectations on how they perform their jobs: Be fast. Deliver good quality. Produce no surprises (or at least very few).
But if you’re a DBA, you know how hard it’s becoming to actually meet those standards. The complexity and scale of increasingly heterogeneous and multi-vendor database environments presents very real challenges to how effectively DBAs can meet expectations.
We’re not talking about techie tinkering! The work of DBAs—whether it’s patching every 90 days to assure security, rapidly responding to service requests to meet business needs or auditing for compliance to external and/or internal standards—helps ensure the delivery of application services, which in turn drives the business.
Manual approaches to database life cycle management are increasingly insufficient to keep pace with the rate of service requests and the rate of change in database environments. Adopting strategies that reduce the manual execution of repetitive, mundane tasks, as much as possible, ought to be a priority for most DBAs.
Lessons from history
Similar to what workers in agriculture and manufacturing have experienced throughout the history of industry, the complexity of becoming more productive eventually overtakes one’s manual ability. From the water wheel, to motorized farm equipment, to the assembly line, the organizations that avoided decline and instead thrived were the ones that found ways to harness the power of new technology. Through industrialization, they increased productivity, delivered consistent quality and had fewer surprises.
Adapting to the Automation Revolution
DBAs need to steal lessons from history – standardize and adopt technology that helps automate to become effective. Within the IT organization, processes should first be standardized, to allow for a gradual rollout of a larger automation strategy: first automating specifics tasks, then automating processes to connect tasks with decisions, and ultimately automating service delivery.
Embracing automation will help DBAs achieve important goals:
Reduce the likelihood of human operator error
Increase their “first-time-right” success rate
Eliminate latency between two tasks due to unnecessary operator involvement
Create a blueprint for onboarding new personnel and decision for building block approach
In other words, it will help DBAs to meet those expectations: be fast, be good and produce no surprises.
Visit www.hp.com/go/dma to find out how HP can help improve automatic discovery of your Database Estate, provide quick time to value with ready-to-use workflows based on standards and best practices, and help deliver Cloud Services like DBaaS and PaaS.
Also, be sure to meet us at HP Discover in Barcelona to witness HP Database and Middleware Automation in action, both at demo booths and from breakout sessions.