Choosing a Remote DBA Expert is Just Like Choosing a Spouse (Seriously)

Being single gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. You can rent an overpriced studio apartment in a hip city, eat cold pizza for breakfast, and sleep in as long as you want on the weekends. But after a while you start thinking about finding your future spouse, or at least your “plus one,” whom you can hang with and take to your company’s Christmas party. Being the head of an IT department is kind of the same thing. While you enjoy the freedom to do whatever you want, you start to realize that one is a lonely number. You need someone who listens to your needs, shares the workload and helps you manage your life – or in this case your databases. Here’s why finding a remote database administration (DBA) expert is just like choosing a spouse (or a plus one).

Your remote DBA expert is always available to talk to

Having a spouse or plus one means that you can talk to them about anything at any time – whether you want to hash out your latest performance review or analyze what your mother-in-law really meant by “that dress is so slimming on you.” A reliable DBA expert is also available 24 x 7 to help you analyze your database environment and come up with a plan to enhance its security and availability while maximizing its performance. Just don’t ask her about your mother-in-law.

You can share the workload with your remote DBA

Being in a relationship means that you can split the household chores, and take on the ones that you really like to do. You love to cook and he enjoys cleaning the house? That’s a match made in heaven! The same holds true when selecting an experienced DBA expert. Augmenting your existing IT team with remote DBAs allows you to assign personnel to the “fun stuff” – the business-critical, revenue-generating projects that they love to do. Your remote DBA will gladly take on the daily duties of monitoring and maintaining your database environments. This keeps your team happy and frees you up to focus on strategic initiatives.

Your remote DBA can help you budget your IT expenditures

While the adage, “Two can live as cheaply as one,” may not hold true today, a spouse or plus one can help you set and manage household expenses. Whether they contribute half of the rent, or pay for the groceries, having a partner also helps you free up funds for other activities – like “date night.” Remote DBA services are often less expensive than in-house resources. They provide a significant cost savings which can help you allocate resources to other projects. And since they are usually delivered on fixed-cost or retainer basis, you can plan for future expenditures more effectively.

Your remote DBA supports you 24 x 7

Any spouse or plus one worth their salt will support you all the time – even if it means taking you to the airport at 4:00 a.m. so you can catch your red-eye. Remote DBAs also stand by you 24 x 7 x 365. They can focus entirely on administrative support, minimizing response times for customer issues, user requests and performance-related issues. Remote DBAs can also address gaps in your existing support coverage, eliminating the need to engage in off-shore resources. Ready to commit to an experienced remote DBA expert? Contact us to discuss your specific needs anytime.

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