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Database automation 'could help reduce downtime issues'

Database automation 'could help reduce downtime issues'

With data centres becoming increasingly important to the smooth operation of all types of businesses, one issue that administrators are going to have to address will be downtime. Because so many operations now rely on access to real-time data, any failures in the database can have far-reaching consequences.

For one thing, if a business is unable to operate, it will be losing revenue from the moment it goes down to the time the problem is fixed. Aside from this, repeated instances are likely to be hugely harmful to a firm's reputation, while compensating customers for a loss of service will also be expensive.

The issue may be forefront in the minds of database administrators at the current time, as the rising number of downtime incidents may be focusing people's minds to the area, Cloud Pro reports. Therefore, it may be the case that professionals will be looking closely at the moment at what they can do to minimise their own risk.

As the publication observed just one day's downtime is the equivalent of 0.3 per cent of the entire year, any problems can quickly build up into a serious issue that can quickly threaten a business' bottom line.

One solution that could be highly valuable is to invest in database management tools that can increase the automation of your infrastructure, as it was observed by Cloud Pro that anything to make detection and remedies for problems faster is a good idea.

The news provider explained: "As soon as the issue requires people, the time ticks away rapidly. Time to diagnose, time to get the right people involved, time to decide what to do." It noted this can quickly add up and turn a minor issue into one that takes longer than necessary to solve.

In today's database environments, which typically feature a huge amount of complexity, this can exacerbate any issues, so any steps to automate process to keep risks to a minimum and help with recovery could be vital.

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