SolarWinds Database Performance Monitoring

Wherever your data lives, it’s the lifeblood of your business. It powers your applications and provides the insight to drive your business forward. With support for all leading relational, open-source, and NoSQL databases, we have you covered. Leverage advanced database anomaly detection powered by machine learning that gets smarter over time. Pinpoint the root cause of performance issues with an easy-to-use, intuitive user experience to keep your databases optimized and ready to deliver your next business advantage. Databases are complex, multifaceted, and vital to the health of every agency. They are the heart of every data center and arguably one of the most important components of an agency’s technology infrastructure, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or within a hybrid IT environment. For these reasons, optimizing database performance is critical to enabling an optimized data center. There are five things a database administrator manager can do:

 

  1. Ensure that databases are healthy

  2. Gain visibility into data and metrics

  3. Put data and metrics in context

  4. Track optimization plans

  5. Create and maintain a performance baseline

 

1) Ensure Database Health

When it comes to databases, health and performance are two different things; databases must be healthy before they can be optimized. Signifiers of database health include things like CPU utilization, I/O statistics, and memory pressure. Collectively, these metrics can indicate whether a database can perform well.

 

2) Gain Visibility

The next step is to begin the performance optimization process, ensuring that queries can execute quickly and throughput can be maximized. This starts with gaining full visibility into the data and metrics needed to assess database performance. For example, the ability to drill down into granular metrics like resource contention and a database’s workload is key in helping to identify and mitigate the root cause of a performance problem.

 

3) Put Data in Context

Agencies should be sure that data delivered by your monitoring tool is structured and presented in a way that gives you and your team the real insights necessary to fix problems and optimize performance.  Specifically, the data should help quickly identify and resolve the root cause of performance issues, and not lead you down a “rat hole” of unnecessary, second-level research and analysis.

 

4) Track Optimization Plans

There are things your team will do to test and optimize performance, including running optimization queries, for example. Make sure all queries and tests are tracked, and that results are carefully correlated with the tests being performed.

 

5) Create and Maintain a Performance Baseline

It’s nearly impossible to tell when a database is underperforming if you don’t have a daily baseline “normal” to measure against. The best approach is to implement a comprehensive series of management and monitoring tools. Make sure you also have the ability to view down, up, and across; it should let you drill down into the database, across database technologies, and across deployment methods (including cloud).  And, finally, make sure the tools you choose allow you to establish a historical record of performance metrics. All this information, coupled with the ability to create a baseline, will help ensure that your IT teams have the tools they need to optimize the health and performance of their database.

 

Adfontes Software is a key vendor for Database Performance Management software and evangelist for SolarWinds DPA, we have delivered hundreds of licenses & consulting services accross all market sectors in EMEA. Adfontes Software consultants have succesfully participated in various mission critical Database Performance project teams.

 

 

SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA)

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer provides performance intelligence that pinpoints the root cause of bottlenecks, expert advice for resolution and reduces the overall cost of database operations. The response time analysis feature of Database Performance Analyzer gives operational intelligence about a database’s performance over time. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer tracks every query in every active session and captures the wait events/types that impose delays on the queries and related resource consumption. IT support teams can use SolarWinds’ Multi-Dimensional Performance Analysis to gain a comprehensive view of Application metrics & by combining queries, wait times, used resources, sessions, time and other vectors. Anomaly detection powered by machine learning gets smarter over time to help you identify the bottlenecks slowing down your applications.

The intuitive interface visualizes every aspect of the system affecting performance: SQL statements, execution plans, blocking, deadlocks, and more. Down-to-the-second data collection with both real-time and historical analysis allows you to pinpoint problems to find the root cause of performance issues.

 

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) cross-platform solution database management software provides you with database and SQL query performance monitoring, analysis, and tuning. Response-time analysis shows you exactly what needs fixing, whether you’re a database expert or not. Agentless architecture is safe for development, testing, and production—and it scales to monitor hundreds of databases, using less than 1% load on monitored instances. Identify anomalies before problems occur using dynamic baselines to compare historic performance to identify issues. Get alerts and custom reports, too. Monitor all your databases in hybrid environments—on-premises, virtualized, and in the cloud—without being forced to use different tools. Whether your databases are physical, virtual, cloud, or DBaaS, we’ve got you covered. SolarWinds DPA is an integral part of the SolarWinds IT Operations Management Suite.

Databases on VMware

IT staff needs additional visibility when databases are moved from physical to virtual servers. VMware tools do not cover the database layer, and conventional database tools cannot capture meaningful resource information from virtual servers. DBAs cannot manage what they cannot see. SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer VM Option removes the availability and performance uncertainty that comes with shifting critical databases from physical servers to VMware.

 

Five trouble spots for Databases on VMware

1) Inaccurate metrics –database server metrics on virtual servers are inaccurate

2) Dynamic resource allocation–shifting resources impact database performance

3) No control over host resources–other VMs on the host server affect resource allocation

4) Limited DBA Visibility – DBAs typically don’t have access to vCenter

5) Mutual Ignorance–vCenter is not aware of databases, and databases don’t know they’ve been virtualized

 

 

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Database Performance Monitor (DPM)

Database performance monitoring and optimization for open source and NoSQL databases.

 

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