5 reasons your database is underperforming
It isn’t set up in the most efficient way
Planning out your database before building it is a very important step in ensuring your database performs well into the future. It also provides a sturdy foundation for enhancements down the line. There is the database schema to consider, which is what data will belong to what tables and how these tables relate to one another. The database must be set up with the intention of having no duplicate data. If your database isn’t well thought out before it is built it will most certainly lead to performance issues. Investing in your database at the start before it is built will save a lot of money trying to fix it later.
Database indexes are used to speed up the retrieval of data. An experienced database administrator should be able to assess a database and set up indexes appropriately.
Clunky stored procedures
When an application requests information from a database, it calls on a stored procedure within the database to do it. Often these stored procedures are long and contain a lot of complicated database programming. If they are not written in the most efficient way, they can slow the database as it takes longer for the data needed to be retrieved. Over time, through modifications and enhancements, these stored procedures might need to be revisited to ensure they are calling on the database in the most efficient way.
Lack of dedicated, experienced database staff
Sometimes, in order to save costs, internal IT staff are expected to tend to all aspects of IT. In the case of the database though, dedicated database IT staff, who have many years of experience working with the database technology being used, will set businesses ahead of the rest. Good database staff know the ins and outs of databases and can set up an appropriate monitoring and maintenance plan and execute it. They know what to look out for and can catch problems long before they become and real problem saving not only money but precious time. They also know how to keep your database up to date with the latest releases and can ensure your database is complying with industry standards.
Network or hardware issues
If your database is underperforming it might not be a case of a badly set up database but rather the server that the database sits on and whether it can cope with the CPU, memory and storage requirements of the database. Perhaps the database has grown to a size where the current hardware cannot sustain it. Perhaps a cloud-based or hybrid solution could be an option? Another factor to consider is the network where the server sits. A database administrator can access database metrics and decipher them to check if all these factors are running as they are supposed to or if they need to be looked at more closely.
Database performance is a critical issue. Database experts at Everconnect work with databases day in, day out and can provide 24/7 support and monitoring. Contact them today to find out how they can help make your databases sing.