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DBMsys Platform Essentials
The Microsoft MAP Toolkit is good for scanning systems and providing a snapshot of some system metrics, but doesn’t provide data over time to understand peak workload requirements and storage capacity needs.
DBMSys turns monitoring on its head: Not only does DBMSys help with monitoring your environment for capacity needs.
It provides data over time needed to make informed business choices on current and future plans for scalability, flexibility, and increased ROI.
Here are the top five reasons we urge our clients to consider using DBMSys for their environment planning.
DBMSys platform was designed to capture, process, report, and guide automation decisions based on metadata from multiple platform environments. DBMSys uses an agentless central engine to collect varying kinds of data, both structured and unstructured, on nearly any infrastructure. The platforms and collection types covered by DBMSys expand on a regular basis.
Examples of what DBMSys captures include:
- Operating System information
- Database-instance/Web Servers/Exchange/Active Directory level specific information
- Performance data
- Activity logs
Note: DBMSYS does not access the content of any user table. All information collected by the application is going to be available on the application’s database for review and auditing by the customer.
Running the Options
With the database server and hardware profile, operating system information, and metadata in hand, our solution architects can determine the risk to the business based on product supportability and new-feature adoption. Our first consideration is to look for databases and servers running on versions of the operating system or database server that are out of support or on extended support. These servers represent a business risk that you need to address. We also look for software running on aging servers.
Technology has advanced over the years with faster CPUs, greater memory capacity, and new storage technologies like flash-based solid-state drives. These servers are great candidates for consolidation and virtualization (Hyper-V and VMWare ESXi) on a modern host server or for moving to the cloud. The analysis also looks at database usage to determine if a server is a candidate for decommissioning; scaling down in a consolidated platform due to its lack of use.
DBMSys can also collect data from Oracle database servers to assess the possibility of migrating from Oracle to another database platform like SQL Server.
Optimizing for the cloud (Azure, AWS, GCP)
DMBSys includes additional algorithms to compute the optimum configuration for moving the application databases to either Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP) environments. By analyzing the workload usage data, DBMSys can recommend specific Azure, AWS, or GCP VM sizes that match up with the usage data to determine if a database instance should be on a single VM or have multiple instances on a single VM. DBMSys can also compute the estimated monthly costs using the latest billing information from Azure, AWS, or GCP.
Building the financial model
Building a financial model without current environmental metadata can be a daunting task. DBMSys helps develop a model by showing a breakdown of what the current state is and comparing the possible solutions that have been predetermined from the client’s guidance.
Some of the possible scenarios that can be compared include:
- Current state—do nothing
- Move existing servers to Azure/AWS/GCP virtual machines with or without consolidation
- Perform Consolidation among existing on-premises servers
- Virtualize existing on-premises servers to Hyper-V/VMware
We seek to empower our customers with their own data to help make the best business decisions regarding their future state architecture. It’s important that our customers have a full understanding of the overall cost model with input from DBMSys and our engineers.
HEALTH MONITORING AND KEEPING SYSTEMS RUNNING, PATCHED, AND UPDATED
With DBMSys, we are able to provide health monitoring, upgrading, and patching all through one platform. DBMSys can also be used for many other reporting and environmental tasks that require a real-time monitoring system to help guide the decision-making process.
We deploy DBMSys for long-term engagements to assist with health monitoring, system status, and other business-rule requirements. DBMSys displays metadata on a single health dashboard. DBMSys takes real-time alerts, events, and metadata and uses predefined business rules to create targeted alerts and actions. This gives your infrastructure and database teams greater control over the environment.
How DB Best can help you with DBMSys
DBMSys leverages your own environmental data to allow for informed business rules as well as data-guided estimates and upgrade or migration paths. In order to get the best value from DBMSys, we like to have our engineers leverage it as part of our existing services and solutions.
DBMSys provides all of the metadata, but we also add our own “Special Sauce:” The vast experience of our architects are consultants.
If you would like to know more about DBMSys and how DB Best can better leverage your own environments metadata to help better inform your decision makers, contact us. No company is too small or too large for what DB Best can offer with DBMSys and our experienced team of subject matter experts (SMEs).
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DB Best’s DBMSys platform supports the following databases and cloud platforms running on either Linux or Windows.
Your SQL Server databases store and retrieve the lifeblood of your business – data. DB Best provides expert consulting services to organizations of all sizes for mission-critical Microsoft SQL Server installations.
If you are using out-of-support Oracle databases, you may be facing huge licensing cost from Oracle. DB Best can help you optimize your Oracle licenses as part of a database upgrade or migrate the solution to other database platforms.
DB Best has developed hundreds of applications for customers using the MySQL platform. Our team can help you with new solutions, operational support or moving your applications to the cloud.
DB Best has developed hundreds of applications for customers using the PostgreSQL platform. Our team can help you with your new solutions or move your existing applications to the cloud.
As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Cloud Platform, we are ready to help you migrate your solutions to Microsoft Azure. We can help accelerate the digital transformation of your business utilizing new solutions built on Microsoft Azure.
As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we have done more migrations of on-premises databases to Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, and Amazon Redshift than any other partner. We also build great new products with AWS technologies.
As a Google partner, we have demonstrated to customers how to migrate workloads from on-premises to Google Cloud Platform VMs that take advantage of the high availability on this exceptional platform.
To see how we’ve applied DBMSys as part of our practice and how customers have benefitted from our DB Best DBMSys platform, check out the following blog posts.
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One of our public sector customers was using a distributed SQL Server 2016 database system and was considering an upgrade to unite the servers in one data center, or even a move to the...
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