IT Telepathy: Predicting Database Migration Trends

Funny how looking back enables you to predict the future. By reviewing the results of a recent DBTA survey, we can see what you and other DBAs dealt with last year – and what’s coming your way soon. Some of it’s exciting. And some is a little scary. 

Break out your turban and crystal ball.
Because we’re about to get all Miss Cleo up in here! And the best part is, our computing clairvoyance comes from actual data. Not the kind of spirit scribbles channeled by Macaulay Culkin’s alter ego on that new E! psychic show. Nope. This is the real thing.

Step aside David Blaine – there’s a new mindfreak in town.
According to our mental powers (and survey data), DBAs have a whole lot of projects on the horizon this year. 70 percent will perform database upgrades and at least 53 percent will migrate to a new platform. That’s a lot of change!

And change equals stress.  
That Psych 101 adage has never been truer than with today’s DBAs. From the cloud to other emerging technologies, you’re expected to transform your database environment this year. But with so many projects in the works, the risk of downtime skyrockets. And we’re talking about both scheduled and unscheduled downtime here. Last year, 23 percent of DBAs had 10-50 hours of scheduled downtime, while 9 percent had 51-100. That’s a lot of lost time, productivity and money. Of course, unplanned downtime is even worse – and even more likely to occur in 2018 as DBAs migrate to new, lower-cost database platforms.

What does that mean for you?
Stress, stress and more stress. Last year, DBAs broke down all the negative effects of database downtime, both from a business standpoint and a personal one. When it comes to organizational impact, 78 percent of DBAs agreed it leads to poor customer satisfaction. That same percentage also noted revenue loss and fines are a problem caused by downtime. And more than half of all DBAs said management and key stakeholders lose confidence in database administrators when downtime occurs.

From a personal perspective? DBAs agreed downtime means long hours, serious pressure, lost time with family and a negative impact on career status, reputation and bonuses. That all adds up to the kind of stress no one needs in their lives.

A better trend for 2018: zero downtime
Zero. Downtime. Feel a little relief just imagining the very concept? It’s pretty cool, right? Zero minutes of that cold-sweat panic to get your databases back up and running. Zero minutes staying up late, struggling to fix issues – all while worrying yourself sick over the fallout. It’s a zen concept, stress-free migrations. And as more and more DBAs continue to discover it’s not only possible, but also extremely easy and affordable with a specific data replication technique, the word is spreading. Which is why zero downtime deployment may just become the biggest and best trend of 2018.

   

Want to see all the survey results?
Check out the DBTA report to learn what your peers dealt with last year and how you can make 2018 your best year yet.

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