The Real World of the Database Administrator: How DBAs Like You Are Managing Their Data.

This white paper addresses the role of a database administrators, the changing technology landscape, and trends in data growth.

In the world of IT, perhaps nothing is more exciting than the introduction of radically new technologies. And the information management arena may be on the verge of one of those moments. The past 10 years have been a golden age for generating and capturing a virtual avalanche of new kinds and quantities of data. With the growth of cloud computing and associated storage technologies, social media, low-cost video, and other hot new technologies, companies have access to an abundance of new data types.  We partnered with Unisphere Research to research these topics and understand which will impact the role of database administrators.

We value your time - here is a snippet of the content you will receive inside of this white paper including a few of our key findings:

  • While Hadoop and NoSQL are exciting new technologies, their use currently is confined primarily to large companies. The traditional database management system still provides the foundation for the information management infrastructure in most organizations. Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server are the most common platforms to support mission-critical data.
  • Most DBAs are responsible for multiple database instances from multiple vendors.
  • While maintenance and performance are the top responsibilities for most DBAs, security is becoming an increasingly important item on their agendas. However, currently, DBAs spend less time on security issues than they do on supporting database development.
  • The key challenge for DBAs is learning new technologies.

What seems to be explosive data growth has been a constant feature of information technology and management for a long time. The sheer volume of data under management seems staggering and yet what was once considered a lot of data is now seen as trivial. The respondents in this survey manage a high volume of data, with close to 30% managing more than 500TB. Over the past 5 years, however, the raw growth of data has been only part of the story. As importantly, more data types are being captured, stored, and made available for analysis. Moreover, companies have access to more data that they themselves did not create. Those two drivers new data types and new data sources have led to the interest in what is called big data. For all the interest in how to capture and manage unstructured and semi-structured data, structured data remains the bedrock of the information infrastructure in most companies.

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