Bottlenecks in your database system

11 Sep 2020 0 minutes to read Contributors

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Location, location, location is every property agent’s mantra. For us, as database specialists, it’s performance, performance, performance. That’s because slow performance is the first thing most users notice and underlies the majority of complaints received by DBAs or IT helpdesks.

The first reaction is often to look at the hardware. Maybe we need more memory or disc space? Maybe you do. But, when we look ‘under the hood’ and analyze what is going on in the database environment, we see that two of the big performance killers are poor query design and inefficient index management.

Query optimization is a quick win

Most DBAs know that users don’t always create reports in the most optimal way. DBAs are experts at spotting and analysing long-running queries that slow down performance. But, that investigative process can be time consuming and frustrating.

The solution is to use effective database monitoring tools that give you instant alerts of any errors or issues in your SQL environment. You can then identify any slow queries and drill down into more detailed analysis to solve the problem. With better insight into database issues, DBAs can be pro-active and solve potential performance issues before users even notice them.

Creating optimal indexes

Poor indexing is another database performance killer. Excessive, improper, or missing indexes will mean the server has to go through more records to retrieve the data requested by a query. That uses more hardware resources so obtaining the data takes longer.

An effective index management tool will identify and highlight any index issues. That makes it easier for DBAs to spot and solve problems. Indeed, many DBAs opt for maximum efficiency by using a tool that completely automates their index management.  

Don’t let poor query design or indexes kill your database performance. Contact us – we’ll have a solution.

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