No business wants a sluggish database that is slow and unreliable. It can cause all sorts of problems for both staff and customers. It can also create a ripple effect, slowing down other IT applications and digital resources running on the same server and network as your underperforming database.
Performance tuning your database is like servicing a car. Sure, it can save you time and money avoiding a car service when it’s due but avoiding it can create all sorts of expensive and time-consuming problems down the line.
Database professionals with database performance tuning experience can assess your database to make sure it is organized and structured in such a way that it is working the best it can be. Performance turning involves the optimization and homogenization of database design files and the database environment to improve accessibility and the overall health of a database.
Here are some of the reasons why performance tuning databases is important.
Increase in speed and productivity
If data is replicated in your database, or indexes are not set up correctly, or the coding around accessing data isn’t written in the most efficient way, your database will be slow. There is nothing more frustrating for employees than waiting on a slow database. Slow databases consume resources and cost time and money. The money spent speeding up your database can pay for itself when your employees can get more done faster.
A trustworthy brand for your business
There is nothing more frustrating to a customer than ordering products on a slow website. The cause can often be an inefficient database. Customers and clients can get frustrated with the slow systems. A clunky, slow database is a sign that performance tuning is needed. It can also indicate that an increase in volume may cause the database to crash. Database downtime can really hurt a business which can decrease customer confidence in a brand. Having a reliable and secure database will help customers have trust in your brand thus increase the growth and profits of your business.
Be prepared for business growth
The more your business grows, the more volume of transactions your database will need to process. This will put added stress on your database. If your database isn’t running in the most efficient way, it might not be able to cope with unexpected peaks in business. An increase in database demand can mean an even slower database or a database that crashes under heavy loads. Planning for growth and change in your technology before it happens means you won’t be having to deal with emergency situations down the line that can hinder growth.
A more organized database is an easier managed database
Having an organized database just makes life easier, in the same way that if paperwork isn’t filed properly, it can be a headache to find something. Establishing business objectives and making sure databases are running in line with those objectives is another measure of performance tuning. Making sure your database complies with industry standards and best practices is another.
It will take less time for a database administrator to maintain and manage a database when its performance is tuned to a high standard. There will be less database issues that will require investigating and attention. The database will be easier to navigate which will free up IT resources, reducing IT costs for the business.
When information is required from the database for reporting purposes, it will be easier to find and extract. Performance tuning also ensures that the database is working correctly which means that extracted data will be much more accurate.
Restoring a database after an outage or application failure is easier when your database has been performance tuned and set up correctly. This is especially important for disaster and recovery and security breaches.
SQL performance experts can help bring out the best in your database. They can make an assessment on your database to establish its health and provide recommendations as well as best practices for managing and maintaining your database. Talk to the experts at Everconnect about how they can help make your database soar.