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The Disappearing DBA: Nobody Goes to School to Become a Data Janitor — SolarWinds TechPod 045

Automation has been a disaster for the traditional database administration (DBA) role. As more systems and processes are automated away with code, the need for DBAs decreases. In time, the…

What Is the Database Server Doing?

One of the most common questions database professionals are asked by their systems and virtual machine (VM) administrators is “Why does the database server need so much memory?” You’ll get…

Diagnosing Database Performance Problems When You Aren’t a Database Administrator

Deep specialization of IT administrators is a luxury only the largest organizations can typically afford.  Smaller organizations rely on IT administrators with a more generalist skill set because they are—by…

7 Things DBAs Should Do Before Going On Holiday

Thanks to 2020, many of us don’t remember the last time we took a holiday or vacation. If you were able to get away from the office, kudos to you.…

A Developer’s Perspective on Distributed SaaS Database Monitoring

While application performance monitoring can provide us with metrics on software use and delays, SolarWinds® Database Performance Monitor (DPM) was built to tell us stories as to why user behavior…

Database 102 – Why Is My Query Slow?

As a database administrator (aka DBA, or Default Blame Acceptor) throughout my career, I’ve worked with a myriad of developers, system administrators, and business users who have all had the…

The Database Future Is in the Cloud

I’ve written before about the disappearing DBA, and how the database administration role itself is evolving. I believe the days of tuning indexes are ending, one page at a time.…