For many enterprises, Microsoft SQL Server is an excellent relational database engine for the most demanding business critical applications. But are companies truly maximizing its potential to effectively achieve their bottom-line goals? Or is its effectiveness being hampered by an organization’s internal IT infrastructure and DBA processes? HOSTING and Ntirety today released The Disruption Epidemic: How Poor Microsoft SQL Server Deployments Put Businesses at Risk . . . And What You Can Do About It, (available for free download in our Resource Center).
A database is a constantly evolving part of a company’s technology landscape. And though Microsoft does an excellent job of publishing “best practices” for maintaining a SQL Server environment, a number of companies unknowingly fail to implement them. In many cases, those responsible for IT in these businesses operate under the false assumption that the server is easy to install and will practically manage itself.
Ntirety, a division of HOSTING, has conducted thousands of database assessments for companies in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, sports franchises, higher education, financial services and banking and government agencies. Over the last three years, their DBA experts uncovered the following results from their database infrastructure reviews:
- 90% of SQL Server instances failed the Disaster Recovery Review
- 40% of SQL Server instances failed the Security Review
- 39% of SQL Server instances failed the Database Backup
These are not problems with the technology, but the way it is being deployed and maintained.
Studies show that a typical database doubles in size every three years. Given the complexity of SQL Server and the technology surrounding it, resource-constrained companies often find themselves without an experienced DBA to anticipate and mitigate potential business risks. Unaddressed, these challenges can cause serious disruption to database environments and ongoing business operations of Microsoft SQL users. Therefore, it’s critical for database administrators and IT management to take the time to appraise the state of their in-house deployments of SQL Server.
Leveraging their years of experience in database services, Ntirety’s senior DBA experts authored our latest white paper, The Disruption Epidemic: How Poor Microsoft SQL Server Deployments Put Businesses at Risk . . . And What You Can Do About It. Ntirety President Michael Corey (a Microsoft MVP) and his team uncovered common challenges that these companies face with their Microsoft SQL Server environments and their leading causes, including:
- The Accidental DBA Syndrome
- The Changing Database
- Failure to Follow Best Practices
- Vendor Recommendations
- Separate Physical Machine or Database
- Application Performance
An essential read for any DBA or IT Manager, this white paper will help identify which issues could be putting your business at risk and how to rectify them.