Enterprise technology trends are driving CIO priorities. The need for business productivity, IT cost reduction, reliability and efficiency, and IT/business alignment is driving enterprise IT investments. Operating multiple networks and databases to manage global operations in organizations spanning disparate geographic locations has transformed IT into a cost center. To make sure your IT departments operate as a profit center, your organization needs to maximize resource utilization, eliminate unnecessary IT spending and streamline management processes. Database consolidation allows organizations to achieve just that – a process that combines multiple databases into a single, unified and easily manageable database. The following considerations improve the outcome of database consolidation initiatives:
Choosing the Right Database Consolidation Strategy
You can choose to consolidate based on database, instance, enterprise or virtualization. More details on these options is available here. These options allow organizations to consolidate multiple databases on a single server instance, multiple servers on fewer hosts and using virtualization to consolidate multiple servers.
Standardize Operating Systems (OS) and database versions to maximize return on investments. Reduce the number of configurations required for server and storage instances. The workload should also be tested for compatibility to run in a single, unified database. Make sure the hardware infrastructure is actually able to handle the consolidated database workload. Considerations encompass requirements for storage I/O, memory and processing, among other parameters.
High Availability and Disaster Recovery
Make sure there is no single point of failure despite the consolidation. Have an effective disaster recovery and high availability plan in place. Treating these initiatives as an afterthought can lead to high cost, complexity and delays in disaster recovery implementation. Focus on achieving acceptable levels of Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) with your disaster recovery efforts. Other capabilities of high availability and disaster recovery focus can include failover, fault tolerant systems, system recovery and system migration. Employing a high availability cloud architecture will enhance business continuity while improving disaster recovery capabilities.
Database consolidation projects are aimed to maximize return on investments and eliminate unnecessary IT spending. By working with expert professionals offing a diverse range of unique skillsets, solutions and tooling to address your organization-specific database consolidation requirements, you can achieve these goals with minimal efforts and investments. As a result, your organization can reduce risks associated with handling multiple, redundant and resource-consuming database instances. To learn more about this and other database consolidation considerations, best practices and insights, download the HOSTING white paper titled: “The Disruption Epidemic: How Poor Microsoft SQL Server Deployments Put Businesses At Risk . . . And What You Can Do About It”.