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Selecting a Remote DBA Professional over a Full-Time Consultant

Guest blog post by Jenny Richards.

Today’s digital world demands information to reside in databases. The ability of a business to manage information can be the difference between death and life. Like it or not, the world today is digital. Organizations need information to survive.

Every year, the amount of data that is stored in databases continues to grow tremendously. When you compound this fact with the current global economy, you will notice that a database plays such a crucial role in any organization whether small, medium or large sized. Any database needs to be functional and available seven days every week and twenty-four hours every day. This can put so much stress on a company’s internal resources, i.e. database administrators.

Problem accelerated

One issue that accelerates the problem mentioned above is the fact that the specialized resources that are needed to maintain databases are usually hard to hire and retain. Additionally keeping up with the ever-changing technology landscape presents yet another big problem. Recognizing these facts, most organizations ease the problems by hiring remote DBA support.

The history behind seeking outside help

Historically, most companies seeking outside help can go out and employ a consultant to provide professional help on a time and material basis. This way, companies will pay eight hours of work regardless of whether you had eight hours worth of tasks to do. The professionals hired using this criterion present themselves to your work site and offer the services needed.

Anyone who has passed through this form of hiring can attest to its expensive nature. It is even much more expensive when you need an overly priced expert to work off the hours. Most times, working off-hour shifts is one of the job requirements of a DBA. Obviously, the last thing you want is to have your point of sale app crumbling down when clients are placing their orders in the store.

Is remote DBA right for your organization?

Database administration has helped countless companies effectively manage their databases. More importantly and specifically, remote DBA is a much more efficient solution compared to full time DBA. You should hire a remote DBA if your organization is struggling with any of the following issues:

  • Cyclical business
  • Recurring performance issues
  • Rapidly growing/fast growth IT infrastructure
  • Struggling with retaining and/or hiring DBAs
  • Many remote locations
  • Reliability/stability issues
  • Patch management/database upgrades
  • Multiple database platforms

You should also seek the services of a remote DBA professional when your organization is:

  • Looking for ways to cut down costs
  • Lacking an in-house DBA
  • Deploying a new database functionality
  • Looking for effective disaster and backup recovery support

 

Author bio: Jenny Richards is a web developer and UI/UX specialist at http://remotedba.com/. She works at a Remote DBA Services firm, having founded the same firm 9 years ago. She likes to share knowledge and points of view with other Oracle developers and consumers on platforms.

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