Database Support

What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c? (part 2)

By | Oracle
Last week we introduced Oracle’s database 18c, and focused on the new release structure and its increased accessibility on cloud environments.  If you missed this article, here’s a link to go check it out now before heading back over for part 2.  – What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c (part 1) This week we are focusing on more specific feature enhancements to those areas you have come to expect in an Oracle product.  Starting with security and moving on to platform architecture we are looking at how this newest release helps simplify your data management.  We will discuss key features from Database 12c that get exciting upgrades in this new release. Stability – Several new features increase the platform stability, including Real Application Clusters, Recovery Manager and Flashback.  Oracle takes advantage of the multi-server architecture to deliver enhanced backup and recovery features, and reduced downtime for scheduled activities. Security Enhancements – Oracle has always prioritized security and this newest version builds upon that foundation.  With simplified and optimized security protocols, this database will help you prepare for more stringent security requirements coming up in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Here are just a few ways Oracle emphasizes security in (more…)
Security

What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c? (part 1)

By | Oracle
Oracle’s newest release, 18c, is out, and I know what you’re thinking: what happened to 12.2.0.2?  Is it really time for a whole new version?  Well rest assured, this is not really a whole new version. It’s an entirely new method of naming that more accurately reflects what has been going on for years.  The old model of multiple release versions and patch sets wasn’t doing justice to the database.  The multiple release model led many to shy away from adopting any first release database for go-live workloads.  But honestly, for years the patch sets have been full releases in all but name. So now Oracle has decided to change its release schedule, and each annual release will be named after the last two digits of the year.  The plan is to speed the release of smaller changes while avoiding the massive overhauls that used to come with first releases.  What would have been database 12.2.0.2 is now 18c, and 12.2.0.3 will instead be 19. They have also gotten rid of the Patch Set Updates and Proactive Bundle Patches.  Instead we will now get Release Updates (RU) and Release Update Revisions (RUR).  So now that we understand the new release (more…)

Expanding the Market: MS SQL Server 2017 and Linux

By | Blog, Database Technology Trends, SQL Server
Microsoft’s exciting cross-platform product, SQL Server 2017, is poised to reach a whole new audience. Recently this industry leader has joined the growing trend of support for open source solutions.  Our team is continually investigating new innovations for our clients, and we wanted to share what we have discovered about new features and performance. Why Now? Linux is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its security, stability, and efficiency.  Its design protects against virus and malware attacks with a complex architecture and secure user account structure.  With more and more businesses choosing Linux, Microsoft realized they were forcing clients to manage multiple environments by keeping SQL Server only on Windows.  Rohan Kumar, then General Manager of Microsoft Database Systems, discussed the decision with Frederic Lardinois for Tech Crunch.  “We had a couple of discussions in the past where it wasn’t approved,” he told Lardinois, but four years ago his team recognized the value of expanding, so they pitched the idea once again. “The biggest surprising part was that we were expecting a whole lot of back and forth. It was really surprising to see how quickly the decisions got made,” recalls Kumar. How? With the company’s support in place, Kumar’s team needed (more…)

Dobler Consulting Recognized by Inc5000 as Top IT Services Company in Tampa Bay

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For the first time in its company history, Dobler Consulting was featured in the prestigious Inc5000 listing. The class of 2017 named 79 companies from the Tampa Bay area among the nation’s fastest growing companies. To join the ranks of Tampa Bay’s fastest growing companies on the national stage is a great honor. We know how hard it is to achieve growth and success on an accelerated path. Congratulations to our fellow neighbors and Inc5000 honorees from the Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay Times published a prominent article and quoted; “Among the 11 IT services firms ranked here, Tampa’s 55 employee Dobler Consulting Services landed at the highest spot at No. 1002 on the Inc.5000 with a growth rate of 432 percent. Peter Dobler founded the business in 2008.” We’ve been working hard to build an organization modeled on providing critical services to companies around the globe who are in need of database management, design, support and migration. As part of our accelerated growth and dedication to supporting any database platform, we added Microsoft Gold Partner (Data) and an Oracle Gold Partner to our list of achievements. Being featured on the Inc5000 list is not just a huge honor, but (more…)
MongoDB

MongoDB Database Managed Services

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MongoDB Database Managed Services Introducing: 24/7/365 MongoDB Database Management and More The MongoDB DBA Support Resources You Need at a Price You Can Afford Businesses today are more data reliant than ever before. Keeping that information readily accessible—but also secured against a data breach—is of the utmost importance. But, hiring and retaining the IT staff necessary to service your database can be a huge expense. Plus, keeping up with the latest technical innovations, regulations and cyber security threats can be a challenge. Save Click Here to See Database Support Plans Discover the Difference Managed MongoDB Database Services Can Have on Your Business Managed MongoDB Database Services by Dobler Consulting Our database managed services are designed to augment your existing MongoDB DBA support team, or service and maintain your database remotely on a full-time basis. We’re prepared to immediately respond to unexpected events at all hours, as well as proactively manage system alerts before they become larger issues. Our goal is to save you time and money on managed database services, while securing your company’s private data and providing you the peace of mind you deserve. LEARN MORE! Our Core Managed MongoDB Database Services Include: https://www.doblerconsulting.com/wp-content/themes/salient/css/fonts/svg/basic_anticlockwise.svg 24/7/365 Remote MongoDB Database Administration https://www.doblerconsulting.com/wp-content/themes/salient/css/fonts/svg/basic_display.svg MongoDB (more…)
Database Maintenance

3 Risks due to Lack of Routine Database Maintenance

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Relationships with databases are surprisingly similar to those between people. If we don’t regularly dedicate time and resources to maintaining and nurturing them, they may not be there when we need them the most. Since it has become increasingly clear to industry executives, C-suites, and other thought leaders that data is the hottest commodity, protecting yours should be a top concern. There is no reason to risk losing your entire database, which could have catastrophic consequences. Let’s examine a few of the risks of failing to perform regular database maintenance. False Conclusions About Productivity You might have one database or you might have several. In either case, all data is organized in structures sharing one trait: associated indexes that allow data to be located efficiently. Database indexes need constant updates and adjustments. Without regular maintenance, indexes become fractured, making data retrieval cumbersome and time-consuming. From the outside, it could seem that you need to add staff to your team to complete tasks on time while the underlying problem is a system running slowly due to unmaintained indexes. False conclusions about productivity levels can have devastating financial impacts. Security Breaches Database security is simple common sense, but the associated risks with (more…)
Database Staffing

How to Hire the Right DBA, Remote or Onsite

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In this post, let’s take a closer look at how to hire the best database administrator for your company. Establish and Share Your Expectations For the benefit of your company and your potential candidates, clearly define the DBA’s role and your expectations in a thoughtful, detailed job description. Provide a thorough, specific list of daily and periodic tasks the DBA will perform. Clarify whether the DBA will be providing production support, development support, or support for a hybrid of the two, wherein several third party applications are involved. Production vs. Non-Production DBAs The prime objective of a production database administrator is to keep your system running with as little disruption as possible. A DBA in this scenario, would rather keep today’s business processes running before taking radical actions to resolve an issue, this is a case by case decision and needs careful consideration. A non-production DBA is more likely to approach things differently, using trial and error and being more cavalier about when to perform system reboots, checks and maintenance. DBAs should instinctively seek to isolate the problem, minimize its impact on workflow, and keep the production system running. A key trait to actively seek in a DBA is the (more…)
DBA burnout

Avoid DBA Burnout: 5 Steps for Management

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As the importance of database administrators – DBAs – continue to grow, along with a strong economy that offers an abundance of DBA job openings, many companies are concerned about the threat of DBA turnover. Your DBA is responsible for the performance, integrity, and most importantly, the security of your database every day, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Any down time, and your company can suffer lost revenue, or even worse, a significant data breach. The nature of this work lends itself to burnout because it is a daily, ongoing challenge and seemingly never complete. With these constant stresses, many DBAs often feel overlooked and as though they perform a thankless job. Some fear they’re only noticed when the inevitable hiccups in database systems occur. There is no shortage of job opportunities for talented DBAs, and there are only so many to go around. More and more companies are making it a priority to keep their DBAs happy to avoid burnout and thereby minimizing the chance they will proactively seek out a new opportunity. Following are some practical ways to keep your DBA engaged at your company to reduce the risk of turnover. 5 Steps to Prevent Burning Out Your (more…)
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The Top Five Reasons to Have a Database Managed Services Contract

By | Database Technology Trends | No Comments
More and more businesses are looking at the advantages of a database managed services contract. It makes good business sense, it makes good technical sense, it makes good administrative sense. Here are five reasons to consider. Round the Clock Availability. Is your database administrator available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? What if you have a data emergency when he or she is on vacation? With a database managed services contract, your database administrator is there regardless of business fluctuations, holidays, or time of day. The Global Talent Shortage. Your database needs to be under the care of staff with responsibility for capacity planning, installation, configuration, database design, migration, performance monitoring, security, troubleshooting, backup, and data recovery. Can your organization afford a team including a specialist in each of those ten areas? At Dobler Consulting, we cover our clients for all those specialties. Cost. How much are you paying in salaries and other costs of employment for your database administrator(s)? Much more than you would pay on a yearly contract, believe me. Another consideration: What is the cost of downtime? Measure it in lost revenue, regulatory fines, and expenditures on remediation. Under a database managed services contract, you (more…)