The digitization of the enterprise is creating an explosion of new applications and with those applications comes data that needs to be stored, organized, and processed. This data has become one of the most valuable assets for companies and therefore the design, implementation, and maintenance of the databases that house it are critical to business success.
According to IDC, the database market is expected to increase from $40 billion in 2015 to $50 billion by 2017. However, enterprises are struggling with how to effectively manage their data as they stand up new applications and venture into the cloud.
Let’s take a look at five database challenges that enterprises are experiencing today:
Provisioning Database Assets
Databases can take days or weeks to provision especially while maintaining availability and high performance. Approximately 80% of developers and IT professionals agree that database provisioning is a major bottleneck. More agility is needed to help speed up this process.
Shortage of Skilled DBAs
As data growth accelerates, the demand for talented database administrators (DBAs) is rising sharply while the availability of DBAs is shrinking. This shortage of skilled IT workers in the DBA market means that oftentimes projects get put on the back burner because companies just simply don’t have enough DBAs or IT infrastructure in place to drive innovation.
There are a number of factors that can impact database performance including provisioning and database sprawl. In addition, poor database designs, coding mistakes, and the addition of more data and users can all contribute to a slowdown in overall performance.
Many businesses develop their IT infrastructure as they grow setting up new database servers for each business application rather than planning ahead for future growth. Adding multiple versions of SQL servers and having data in various silos make it difficult for IT to maintain all of the different database servers. This lack of strategic planning can be costly as adding more hardware and software slows down the performance of the database and can also lead to security risks.
Rapid Data Growth
Business transformation and the explosive growth of data that comes with it are making it hard for today’s enterprises to effectively manage their databases storage and management requirements. While a large percentage of an enterprise’s database infrastructure may remain on premises, many are moving to all cloud or hybrid cloud solutions. Maintaining uptime and non-stop access to data is critical as enterprises migrate to the cloud.
Enterprises need to take a more strategic approach when it comes to managing and maintaining their databases.