Think about the data that your company runs on for a moment. Do you track information about your clients, products & services, and staff? What if that data was lost, stolen, or unavailable for a few hours, days, or even a few weeks? Could your team operate effectively without it?
If you felt a sense of dread just by thinking about the possibility of losing critical data, you’re not alone. Today, almost all businesses run on data they’ve collected over time, but few business leaders realize the importance of keeping that data secure and available. Of the group who does realize its importance, few know how much investment is needed to avoid a data disaster.
Do you need a full-time DBA?
Any company that houses critical data to run their business needs a skilled Database Administrator (DBA) to set up, backup, outage-proof, and secure their databases. Leaving this important task to the novice is like setting a time bomb in your database, ready to blow up at any moment. Expert assistance is crucial, but do you need a full-time DBA?
Think of it like this: Last fall, I decided it was time for a new furnace. My current one was old and unreliable, so rather than letting it tank out again on the coldest day of the year, I decided to invest in a new one. I called my favorite local heating & cooling company, who helped me choose the right equipment for my house and installed it for me. There was no way I was going to attempt the install myself, as it’s a critical piece of equipment for my home, but I also knew that the major work was in the install and, now that that’s done, I just need periodic check-ups and maintenance to keep my system running well for years. I don’t even need to think about it anymore. My home is just warm and comfortable like I need it to be.
Now, if the furnace was needed to heat a large building, like a hospital or school, I probably would need someone on my team who’s expertly trained on this heating system (but that’s overkill for me). The same goes for database administration. Unless your business is a large enterprise, you likely do not need a DBA focused on your system full-time, and with the rising costs of DBA talent, this is great news for you.
Hire top DBA talent for less
Partnering with a DBA-managed service company like Emergent Software gives you the ability to use an economy of scale and pay for just a portion of an expert-level DBA to watch and care for your SQL Server estate. We can help you determine the best equipment to ensure your data is kept secure and available, and then our DBAs will check in daily to ensure the system is running well, and that you remain well-equipped as the needs for critical data evolve with your business. Our quarterly reports to your leadership team will ensure we partner on data strategy for the long run, so you can get back focusing on your core job function.
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