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Database and Data Capital Managed Services

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04/29/2024 |

Managing databases can be a time-consuming and resource-intensive task that requires expertise to ensure optimal performance. This is where Managed Services for databases come in. This blog post will explore the world of Managed Services for databases and how they can benefit your business.

Understanding Managed Services 

Managed Services refers to the practice of outsourcing the responsibility for maintaining and managing a specific set of services or processes. In the context of your database, Managed Services involves entrusting the management and maintenance of your database to a third-party provider.

When done right, Managed Services can allow you to focus more on the core elements of your business while your database is managed and looked after by experts. This ensures that your database has high availability and optimal performance. 

Trusting someone else with your database, one of your most valuable assets, can be nerve-racking. Therefore, it is important to ensure it is handled by experienced consultants. 

Benefits of Database Managed Services 

The benefit of using Managed Services for databases can be summed up in the peace of mind it offers. With a skilled Managed Services provider, you can ensure that your database is being monitored and managed 24/7, minimizing the risk of costly downtime and data loss.

Managed Services can also provide scalability through performance optimization and efficiency gains, allowing for early identification of outgrowing your current solution. By continuously optimizing and adapting to increasing workloads, Managed Services can ensure that your database is prepared to handle tasks as efficiently as possible within the given conditions and can grow with your business.

Additionally, when having Managed Services on your database, it can also offer you enhanced security. The specialist can help you get the most out of your backup, by ensuring optimal backup and security with a combination of best practices, processes, and tools, such as Database Restore Test as a service. Ensuring your backup is valid and can be restored, in case of an emergency, is essential to establishing and maintaining High Availability, and adds an extra layer of protection from ransomware attacks.

By having access to experienced database professionals who specialize in managing various types of databases, your business can ensure optimal performance and efficient troubleshooting. Moreover, these professionals can also work closely with your in-house IT staff and other suppliers to provide the necessary support and expertise.

Setup and Operations 

The first step is choosing a reliable Managed Services provider that gives you the features you need and meets your business requirements. This begins with an assessment, together with the managed service provider, of your challenges and objectives.

Once the initial setup is complete, your Managed Services provider will take over ongoing management, monitoring, and/or maintenance. This allows you to focus on critical aspects of your business, knowing that your database is in expert hands.

To maintain the desired level of performance and availability, you should establish a clear SLA with your provider. These agreements define response times, uptime guarantees, and other critical metrics. Regularly review and update them as needed.

In-house vs Managed Services 

When it comes to managing databases, businesses often face the dilemma of choosing between in-house IT and Managed Services, with the right fit depending on your business needs and priorities.

In-house IT involves building and maintaining an internal team of database administrators. This gives you direct control over operations and can lead to quicker response times to issues. But it comes with significant costs and resource requirements. Businesses must invest in hiring, training, and infrastructure, and may struggle to keep up with evolving technologies without dedicated resources.

Managed Services databases provide a cost-effective alternative, giving you more flexibility while freeing up resources. By outsourcing database management tasks to specialized providers, businesses can access round-the-clock support, advanced technologies, and scalability without having to manage internal teams.

When you work with a Managed Service Provider, you no longer have to depend on a single person who may take time off, have holidays, or get sick. Instead, you gain access to a team of experts who can provide you with the support you need. For full 24/7 availability, you will need more than one DBA, preferably 3 or more. This ensures coverage in all scenarios, with experts available to provide support and maintenance around the clock.

While businesses may face challenges in maintaining direct oversight with Managed Services, selecting a reputable provider can mitigate these concerns. Depending on your needs, co-managed database services can provide the benefits of both a managed database service and an internal DBA, thus freeing up your team to innovate and upskill.

Careful consideration is essential to determining the best approach for your database management needs. If you have a combination of different tech vendors, make sure to choose a one-stop Managed Services provider specialized in eg., both Oracle. Microsoft and OpenSource databases on-premises and cloud-based.

Managed Services and Data Capital 

Data Capital, the cornerstone of modern businesses, encapsulates the invaluable data that fuels decision-making and innovation. Managed services play a pivotal role in maintaining, optimizing, and securing your Data Capital, thereby ensuring its integrity and accessibility. 

Here are the six key aspects where managed services can significantly enhance your Data Capital: 

#1 Security: By ensuring that backups are valid and can be restored, protecting you against loss of data and Data Captial, in the case of downtime or ransomware. 

#2 Availability: Ensure that your data is accessible 24/7, minimizing downtime and enhancing operational efficiency. 

#3 Cost Efficiency: Optimize resource allocation to reduce operational costs while maximizing data utility. 

#4 Scalability: Performance optimization and efficiency gains, that allow your business to accommodate growth and evolving data needs. 

#5 Performance: Enhance the speed, reliability, and efficiency of data processing to drive informed decision-making. 

#6 Manageability: Streamline the management of complex data ecosystems, through automation tools and monitoring software, making them more user-friendly and efficient. 

This comprehensive approach not only safeguards your Data Capital but also empowers it, acting as a catalyst for your business growth and success. By leveraging managed services, you can unlock the full potential of your Data Capital and steer your business towards a data-driven future. 

Cegal and Managed Services 

Cegal specializes in delivering secure operation and monitoring services for mission-critical systems across the Nordic region. Our more than 50 senior database consultants' expertise extends to managing hybrid cloud solutions, professional applications, databases, and other vital technologies. We also work closely with your other vendors, such as hosting providers and software specialists, to ensure seamless integration and optimal performance of your IT infrastructure.

Meet our team here >

At Cegal, we are proud to offer our Managed Services solutions. Our experienced consultants take responsibility for critical components of your IT infrastructure, ensuring high availability and robust security measures to safeguard your valuable Data Capital. With our proactive monitoring approach, you can enjoy uninterrupted operation, peace of mind, and predictable performance without unexpected costs.

Would you like to talk to us about Managed Services? We are ready to assist you.

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