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What about Self-Managing Databases?

What about the whole concept of self-managing databases? Have Microsoft and the other database vendors made the need for Performance Lifecycle Management obsolete by embedding new automatic functionality within the database engine? Hardly.

The recent shift in the major database vendors’ marketing messages has been interesting. For years, it used to be that the two primary themes of any new database release centered on performance and scalability. This made sense because each database vendor understood that nearly every corporation’s datastores were expanding at exponential levels, hence the touch point for scalability. Additionally, the need for speed with respect to application response times continued to be severe in nearly every environment, thus the performance concentration.

While performance and scalability are still trumpeted by the database giants, they are now overshadowed by a focus on manageability. This can be seen in the releases of IBM DB2 UDB version 8 and Oracle database 10g, both of which tout the self-managing features of the database. Microsoft SQL Server has ridden this same concept in a quieter fashion especially since version 7.0, and it continues in SQL Server 2005.

It is not surprising that such messaging is being put forth right now. Much of this recent push can be traced back to economics. The turbulent economy has, during the early 2000’s, caused many IT managers to shift focus from “bigger and better” to cost control. Given the changed corporate mindset, the database vendors find themselves in a position of needing to convince IT management that their databases are not complex or expensive to purchase and manage.

This need has translated into a number of enhancements to the database engine which eases the burden on the DBA in the areas of setup, configuration, administration, and backup/recovery.

The above book excerpt is from:

High-Performance SQL Server DBA
Tuning & Optimization Secrets

ISBN: 0-9761573-6-5
Robin Schumacher  

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