Andreas Hope

Andreas Hope

Sales Director at dbWatch AS

Recent Posts

From SQL Instance Management to Database Farm Management

Posted by Andreas Hope on Feb 2, 2021 8:24:03 AM
How is database farm management different from instance management? Why do you need it and when? That is what I will try to shed some light on in this blog. If you are responsible for a database farm, read on. Managing instances – watching and tuning performance, handling incidents, and generally maintaining them has always been the DBA domain. …

Does managing database server farms differ from database instances?

Posted by Andreas Hope on Nov 11, 2019 2:30:40 PM
We all experience how the number of database instances keep growing (especially SQL Servers) in the last few years. Managing tens of server instances is commonplace, but more and more DBA’s are tasked with managing hundreds or even thousands of instances – and there is no end in sight for the growth of instances. How …

Managing SQL Server farms..

Posted by Andreas Hope on Oct 10, 2019 11:11:00 AM
On October 15, 2019, Per Christopher held a webinar for the DBA Fundamentals virtual group in PASS about managing large database server farms. He compares how going from a small family farm to a large industrial farm compares to going from a handful of SQL servers to large database server farms, and looks at how …

Database monitoring in complex networks

Posted by Andreas Hope on Apr 4, 2019 2:11:05 PM
Monitoring databases in large, distributed or hybrid environments Monitoring database or SQL servers can in itself be a complex task – as we discuss in SQL Monitoring – 5 steps to full control. But what if you have a really complex environment, with multiple locations, restricted networks behind firewalls, high number of servers or a hybrid …

Vision for the Future: dbWatch Enterprise Manager 12

Posted by Andreas Hope on Apr 4, 2019 2:03:33 PM
dbWatch Enterprise Manager 12 At dbWatch we believe that DBAs should be able to manage their databases using a single solution. We understand your pains because we experience them, we work through our own bugs before going into beta-testing. Because we use our own software to monitor databases, we have learned firsthand the improvements needed. …

Extending Database Monitoring Into Cloud

Posted by Andreas Hope on Aug 8, 2018 10:12:24 AM
No matter what the service, no matter what the purpose, no matter what the product, the cloud is being touted as an answer to scalability by pretty much every major vendor. It started with data-storage, and rapidly moved to databases. In the past we were limited by the actual hardware that we owned. If we …
Topics: cloud

The role of the DBA in light of DevOps and Cloud Migration

Posted by Andreas Hope on Jul 7, 2018 8:53:42 AM
It’s an old problem. The more results you deliver, the more that are expected. The faster you provide them, the faster they are expected. Next thing you know, old methods don’t work as well as they used to. New demands require new workflows. On top of it new technologies are appearing making it seem like your …

Security considerations in database operations

Posted by Andreas Hope on Jul 7, 2018 3:25:28 PM
As most DBAs know, security of data is one of the most difficult yet important tasks of maintaining a large estate of databases. It has kept more than one administrator up at night worrying about potential threats and pitfalls. With the growth of the information economy, not only is most information stored in databases, the …

The growing problem of “complexity creep” and how to avoid it

Posted by Andreas Hope on Jun 6, 2018 10:16:44 AM
Complexity is often a natural condition of most successful businesses. We build databases to handle complex data, tomaintain a layer of structure for important business information. However, when building a database, or cluster of databases, typically the needs or requirements change over time. Newdivisions or projects spring up. This is generally not a bad thing …

5 inevitable red flags to watch out for in complex database systems

Posted by Andreas Hope on May 5, 2018 8:13:32 AM
The goal of any organisation, business or otherwise, is to grow. In the past, the size of a company was determined by the number of physical products that one either created or sold. Say you built and sold left-handed toolboxes. If you sold enough of these left-handed toolboxes, and if they were of good enough …