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Taming the Tiger: How to Manage Your Database Proactively

In 2017, a morning show in San Diego shared a story about a six-year-old girl in Dallas who used Alexa to order a dollhouse. When the morning show host said, “I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,’” Echo owners who were watching the broadcast found that the remark triggered orders on their own devices. Imagine if this story was carried nationwide and you were the dollhouse retailer. You might not even know why traffic spiked, why thousands of people were calling customer care, and why your database server eventually crashed. After the data team found out the cause of the crash, you fixed it, but not after losing valuable business due to downtime of several hours.

This is a rare scenario, but it dramatically illustrates how most IT organizations work in reactive mode, solving database issues once they happen instead of proactively preventing them. Instead of taming the database tiger, they’re at the hospital, treating wounds from a tiger attack. It doesn’t have to be this way. This article explores how you can address the reactive database management issues created by legacy monoliths and their nimble open-source competitors.

The unmanageable monolith that ate your IT budget

Database management systems (DBMS) and databases like Oracle eat up large swaths of enterprise IT budgets, while placing restrictions on how to use them. For example, Oracle has an RDBMS licensing model that requires customers to pay for 100% of the available physical cores in a soft-partitioned virtualization environment—even if they’re not used. Others offer a “by-the-core” licensing model for their RDBMS, but neglect to mention that “pay by the core” only goes into effect if you’re adding cores.

In addition, these large databases are often difficult to manage. Vendor database management systems have difficulty bridging the gap from data center to cloud. The result is an adverse effect on performance, stability, and reliability, along with a difficult learning curve and inflexibility, all of which immediately drive DBAs and IT into reactive mode. When you’re busy putting out fires, there’s no way you can focus on a prevention program.

When one door is open source, another door closes

Open source databases and RDBMSs have their advantages, but they are hardly trouble-free. If your organization is pondering going the open-source route or you already have, you will encounter an important barrier: there is no vendor to consult when you run into problems. The developers of open-source databases fix only those problems that affect high-priority users or a significant majority of all users. If your problem is related to your environments or systems, you either have to find a workaround or live with the issue. How is that proactive? Hint: It’s not.

Security, scalability, reliability, and functionality are not exactly watchwords of all open-source databases and RDBMSs. Because of that, companies that were lured in by the thought of no licensing fees end up spending more on resources to address a lack of any of these nonfunctional requirements. Also, if your open-source database is a one-off and not part of an overall IT strategy based on open-source, hooking your critical systems to an open source database as risky from a business standpoint. Should there be a breach of any kind, reactive will be your only mode for quite a long time.

Get up and get proactive

You can leave reactive database management behind with TmaxSoft Tibero , an RDBMS you might not have heard of yet. This high-performance, highly secure, highly scalable RDBMS is designed for businesses that want to capitalize fully on their mission-critical data without restrictions. It offers an enhanced view of processing, managing, and securing large-scale databases and SysMaster 7 for efficient resource management. Multi-thread, multi-process architecture ensures performance and reliability. Additionally, it provides users and developers with various standard development interface to easily integrate with other DBMS and third-party tools.

If you aren’t ready to let go of your monolith, Tibero is compatible with Oracle. Its simple licensing model is similar to software as a service (SaaS) subscription pricing. It enables stable, efficient, and proactive management of DBMSs and guarantees high-performance transaction processing.

Proof of proactivity: Kia Motors India and FUNCEF

To keep costs down, exchange data between seamlessly, and ensure operations in its plant run smoothly, Kia Motors India (KMI) needed an RDBMS that offered high availability at a lower cost than Oracle’s RDBMS. KMI chose TmaxSoft Tibero because of its compatibility with Oracle, plus other TmaxSoft solutions to ensure compatibility between multiple platforms. After deployment, Tibero has delivered 24x7 support for production databases, no downtime during issue resolution, and responses to issues in two hours.

When Fundação dos Economiários Federais (FUNCEF), which provides Brazilians with social security, needed to reduce database costs, moving the cloud seemed the ideal solution. However, that was problematic because their legacy database vendor did not offer licensing options for the cloud. So, FUNCEF selected Tibero because it could keep the business running with the same level of reliability, availability and performance as the legacy database. With Tibero, FUNCEF has been able deliver its cloud strategy and create its DR faster than it would have with its legacy database. FUNCEF was able to start projects that had been postponed because of the high costs of maintaining the former database and its inflexible licensing model.

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Kelly McClure is the Vice President of Global Marketing for TmaxSoft. Her 20-year marketing career spans both Fortune 1000 companies and fast growth technology startups. Kelly is responsible for leading TmaxSoft’s marketing strategy. She is experienced in aligning marketing and sales, building relevant content and messaging and developing integrated lead generation campaigns. Before joining TmaxSoft, Kelly served as the Vice President of Marketing for 10th Magnitude and held senior marketing roles with DataStax, BMC Software and Micro Focus. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.