Seven Reasons You Need a SQL Database Health Check
Database unavailability or outright failure is no joke. Not only do such incidents often cause massive internal stress (along with the inevitable blame game between IT staff), but they can also negatively impact business outcomes and lead to dissatisfied or lost clients. The good news? You don’t have to wait for things to go sideways. By being proactive you can ensure a better optimized, more efficient, scalable and highly available database that’s aligned with industry best practices – and that won’t conk out when you need it most. But that’s easier said than done if you don’t have the right experience on staff — not to mention all the other competing priorities to make sure your core business is running smoothly. To make matters worse, Microsoft and other vendors now update their software at a breakneck pace; making it hard to keep up with new and deprecated best practices for every product version or edition in your data estate. Here are seven important reasons why conducting regular SQL health checks can be a lifesaver:
1. PerformanceTo facilitate top performance from your SQL Server environment it's crucial to follow industry-standard configuration best practices in areas including:
- Hardware and infrastructure such as storage, network and machine specs.
- Your virtual environment (if applicable) such as VMware or Hyper-V configurations.
- Operating system elements such as power options and user group policies.
- SQL Server Instance such as memory allocations and parallelism options.
- SQL Server database including database options and database files location.