IDG Contributor Network: Thinking of cutting out your database administrator? Think again

Network World

Once upon a time, there was a role known as the database administrator. Back when all data was stored locally, these employees were the keepers of the company database, responsible for making sure all information was accessible and tracking things such as financial information and customer details.

The Database Administrator in the Era of Big Data

IT Toolbox

Many IT enterprises are starting pilot projects to implement big data solutions. As a DBA, are you ready to support these efforts, and integrate them into your current architecture, processes, and standards? Where Are You Now? Many DBAs consider themselves already supporting a big data environment. Table sizes in the hundred

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Three Tips for Surviving Today’s Complex Data Landscape

Data Center Knowledge

The growth of structured and unstructured data and the need to create value from it has provided database administrators with a huge challenge. Read More. Industry Perspectives

How Big Data Changes Database Administration

IT Toolbox

Specialization in particular combinations of operating systems and database management software is common, and this allows some team members to gain in-depth experience that is extremely valuable in an enterprise IT setting. Technical support teams usually support familiar hardware and software configurations.

SQL -- To Tune or Not To Tune

IT Toolbox

Database administrators tend to think of SQL tuning as necessary, important, even critical. The reality is that the savings realized by tuning SQL, usually manifested in saved CPU time and decreases in elapsed times, may offset the costs incurred in time and resources. Ask yourself this question: How long have DBAs been doing SQL tuning? My guess is 25 years or

Need for Speed: Top Five MySQL Performance Tuning Tips

Data Center Knowledge

Regardless of the complexity or a database administrator's skill level, these performance tuning tips will serve as a step-by-step guide to solving MySQL performance problems and help alleviate the pain points that often accompany performance tuning.

60 SQL Interview Questions and Answers

Complete IT Professional

Are you going for a job where you need to know SQL, such as a Database Developer or Database Administrator? Brush up on your interview questions with this extensive list of SQL interview questions.

Data Analytics – Data Modeling, a Necessary first step

Eric D. Brown

For many within the IT world, data modeling conjures up database administrators sitting in room designing tables and relationships. What do you think of when you hear the term ‘data modeling’? Just typing ‘data modeling’ almost made me go to sleep.

Big Data - Load Testing the Application

IT Toolbox

Performance analysts gather information related to high transaction volumes, large numbers of users and a full-sized database. The objective is to determine if the application suite and its associated databases can handle large workloads. Load tests give the database administratorLoad testing involves simulating a full production workload in a non-production environment.

Uncomfortable Truths In Enterprise IT

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  All the enterprise's information lives on storage, so -- theoretically speaking -- shouldn't the storage administrator be in a privileged position to make decisions and tradeoffs based on the value of information? Sorry infrastructure folks, it's the database administrator.

When Generic IT Infrastructure Doesn't Cut It

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I'm guessing it's databases, and the applications that use them. If your business is heavily invested in databases, maybe mainstream generic infrastructure thinking isn't doing you any favors. If you're like most enterprises, databases are at the very heart of your business.

Are You Agile Enough for Polyglot Programming?

CTOvision

I am also fluent in ten markup languages, 8 frameworks, and seven database languages on six different platforms. The old model view controller paradigm is split up across Web servers application servers and database servers all tied together by some sort of message bus and a network.

A Decade of Dynamo: Powering the next wave of high-performance, internet-scale applications

All Things Distributed

We had an advanced team of database administrators and access to top experts within Oracle. Our straining database infrastructure on Oracle led us to evaluate if we could develop a purpose-built database that would support our business needs for the long term.

Exerting Fine Grain Control Over Your Cloud Resources - All Things.

All Things Distributed

As customers move increasing amounts of compute and database workloads over to AWS, they have expressed an increased desire for finer grain control over their underlying resources. For example, you can mandate that only Senior Database Administrators in your company can modify â??productionâ??

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Prep your Enterprise Data Warehouse for Big Data

IT Toolbox

These Big Data implementations bring their own problems and issues, and will require database administrators and support staff to redesign the data warehouseUsing advanced analytics to analyze business data is common, especially in large companies with many customer-facing systems. As more and more data is made available the enterprise stages large data stores into the enterprise data warehouse.

Big Data - Mainframe Performance Tuning

IT Toolbox

Database Administrators must now deal with large volumes of data and new forms of high-speed data analysis. Big Data is here, or will soon be here for the majority of IT enterprises. If your responsibility includes performance tuning, here are the areas to focus on that will become more and more important in the age of Big Data. Source Data Acquisition.

Mainframe DBAs - Team and Data Management

IT Toolbox

Many database administrators (DBAs) function as a team supporting multiple corporate applications on a variety of hardware platforms using several database management systems (DBMSs). Managers struggle with priorities and must juggle user requirements and deadlines against staff availability and expertise. Here is one way to manage DBA tasks based on the makeup of the team.

IBM to Acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud Database Service Helps Organizations Simplify Mobile, Web App and Big Data Development

CTOvision

a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps. . “IBM is leading the charge in helping its clients take advantage of big data, cloud and mobile,” said Sean Poulley, vice president, Databases & Data Warehousing, IBM. By Bob Gourley Note: we have been tracking Cloudant in our special reporting on Analytical Tools , Big Data Capabilities , and Cloud Computing.

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Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  “Something else” would have to do it on behalf of the storage array — an administrator, management software, etc. If you have dedicated availability administrators (data protection, business continuity, etc.)

Amazon Web Services AWS – Accelerate Your Cloud Success

Galido

Web administrations are here and there called cloud administrations or remote figuring administrations. The primary AWS offerings were propelled in 2006 to give online administrations to sites and customer side applications. Databases.

Expanding the Cloud: Enabling Globally Distributed Applications and Disaster Recovery

All Things Distributed

and enable you to maintain a nearly up-to-date copy of your master database in a different AWS Region. Amazon RDS offers a monthly uptime percentage SLA of 99.95% per Multi-AZ database instance.

Oracle and EMC Help Protect Against Silent Data Corruption.

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  Reads and writes flow from database to storage through a SAN.  The likelihood of a problem occurring is somewhat proportional to the number of writes being done; a heavy write-intensive transactional database such as Oracle is more exposed than, say, a user file system. 

Database migration from MySQL to PostgreSQL

Galido

MySQL and PostgreSQL are both very popular open source RDBMS having rich set of administration tools and programming APIs. That is why many businesses and organizations consider migrating their databases from MySQL to Postgres.

Expanding the Cloud for Windows Developers - All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

s announcement of Amazon RDS for Microsoft SQL Server and.NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk marks another important step in our commitment to increase the flexibility for AWS customers to use the choice of operating system, programming language, development tools and database software that meet their application requirements. Managing databases has been a stumbling block for many of our customers, shifting their time away from developing innovative applications to the â??muckâ??

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- Hiring Felons

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

A relatively routine check of convictions databases by San Francisco would have disclosed this fact. At its basic level, this is a search of public or law enforcement databases for convictions. In other words, is a conviction for drunk driving a reason not to employ someone as a database administrator? Should local governments be hiring felons? Or, more to the point, should government technology workers undergo background checks?