Tips for proper maintenance of your database server

A well-maintained database server will be a very important asset to any organization, no matter what it is used to achieve.

There are lots of ways to manage maintenance effectively, so we’ve narrowed it down to some of the best approaches to take if you want to improve performance and reduce the likelihood of issues occurring.

Use the right tools

Server maintenance tasks can be made much easier if you have the right tools, such as monitoring solutions designed to provide continuous collection and analysis of a variety of data relating to performance in SQL environments.

This software will often identify potential issues that need to be fixed much faster and more accurately than any human DBA, and therefore dramatically improve the speed at which you meet maintenance obligations.

Optimize queries

Slow database performance can often boil down to queries behaving sub-optimally, and there are lots of ways to improve them, for example by reducing the set of results they provide or adjusting how often they are set to run, depending on what they are supposed to achieve.

Part of this optimization attempt should also involve evaluating whether or not problematic deadlocks are occurring, which can occur on an SQL database when processes cannot switch between available resources and need to eliminate them to prevent the entire infrastructure from shutting down.

Plan ahead

Advance planning should be at the center of any database maintenance strategy, not only for things like outages and data recovery, but also to get a feel for the steps that need to be taken to ensure that the server hardware is fit for purpose.

Things like processor and memory need to be able to cope with the workloads placed on them, so determining when bottlenecks may arise will allow you to predict how long those components will be viable.

Predicting storage needs is even more important because your storage will be at the heart of your server’s efficiency and if you are caught off guard hitting current capacity limits it will create other problems.

Always save

No matter how thorough and thoughtful your server maintenance policies are, there is always a risk of disaster happening which was completely unexpected and leaves your data corrupted or otherwise compromised.

For this reason, it is essential to factor frequent backups into your maintenance schedule. The type of backup you implement will depend on your needs and budget, but with the increased accessibility of remote cloud storage, along with the flexibility and resiliency it offers, you should be in a good position to keep up with stringent measures to enable data recovery.

Finally, as you adapt your own approach to database maintenance, it is worth speaking with experienced specialists in this area for their advice and feedback, as this may raise other issues. important to consider.

Ron Evan Story

Maria H. Underwood