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Removing the Risk from Important Maintenance Tasks

Wed, Apr 27 2016 16:00 UTC

Removing the Risk from Important Maintenance Tasks

As database professionals, we are often in very close proximity to important processes, data, and applications. While we adopt the mantra of “Do no harm”, many maintenance or reporting tasks that we create carry unseen risks associated with them. What happens when a drive fills up during daily differential backups? What if an index rebuild job runs abnormally long and interferes with morning processing. How about if a data load process causes extensive resource contention, bringing normal operations to their knees? There are many simple ways to safeguard our processes against situations that could easily bring down production systems. This is a chance to greatly improve our standard maintenance and avoid unnecessary wake-up-calls at 2am on a Sunday!

Ed Pollack

Ed is a DBA at CommerceHub, with a focus on performance optimization, both in production and development environments. He has over 15 years of experience in IT, both as a DBA and in systems administration. His passion is simplifying, automating, saving time, and making anything and everything run faster and more efficiently. Sharing this experience with the community is a top priority, and encouraging everyone to take the leap into public speaking and engaging others, a passion.

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