Haroon Qureshi – InFocus Blog | Dell EMC Services https://infocus.dellemc.com DELL EMC Global Services Blog Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:18:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Dell EMC Services Podcasts Haroon Qureshi – InFocus Blog | Dell EMC Services clean episodic Haroon Qureshi – InFocus Blog | Dell EMC Services casey.may@emc.com casey.may@emc.com (Haroon Qureshi – InFocus Blog | Dell EMC Services) Dell EMC Services Podcasts Haroon Qureshi – InFocus Blog | Dell EMC Services /wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg https://infocus.dellemc.com 3 Key Elements to Database as a Service (DBaaS): People, Process & Technology https://infocus.dellemc.com/haroon_qureshi/dbaas-breakdown/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/haroon_qureshi/dbaas-breakdown/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:00:41 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=30450 Implementing Database as a Service (DBaaS) is an exciting and challenging task, one that can bring an organization an unprecedented level of functional and business benefits.  It also brings with it new IT skill sets and processes, new service and deployment models, and new technologies.  As with any technology transformation, organizations are forced to think […]

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Implementing Database as a Service (DBaaS) is an exciting and challenging task, one that can bring an organization an unprecedented level of functional and business benefits.  It also brings with it new IT skill sets and processes, new service and deployment models, and new technologies.  As with any technology transformation, organizations are forced to think differently about their people, processes and technology when embarking on this journey. One of the first questions to consider is: how does DBaaS fit into my current environment and organization?

People

The people part is all about understanding your organization’s many users. They have diverse needs and you need to support them. Are you ready? Again, DBaaS brings new IT skills and technologies; is your IT team staffed and organized to deliver? Even more important, does your IT staff work in silos? If so, break down those walls. Working together, your IT staff members will stand a much better chance of providing a quick and agile response when issues arise.

In addition to the technical staff, your business users and stakeholders need to be taken into consideration.  This is to ensure the broad adoption of the DBaaS services.  Your business users can range from “C” level executives to marketing and finance teams, in addition to the IT teams.

Process

Once the people part has been identified, the process part – the “what” part – becomes easier.  It’s all about designing the service to address the different needs of your users.  This also includes reviewing your existing governance processes and SLA agreements that may be in place and seeing how they may be impacted.  A question to ask yourself is if you are ready to enable your business users with the ability to automatically fulfill their IT requests, all while ensuring that performance, security, monitoring and compliance are being met.  Another item to consider is how DBaaS integrates with your existing IT systems.

Technology

The technology solution brings together the people and processes. Technology and automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency; likewise, when applied to an inefficient operation, it will only magnify the inefficiency. By focusing on people and process first, the technology part becomes easier.  Aligning your processes with the technology will ensure all aspects of your business are addressed and available to all of your stakeholders.

Start Small

It’s not necessary to migrate all of your databases at once. Start small with noncritical applications unrelated to the business. This way, it is easier to validate your processes and how DBaaS fits into your organization. In addition to People and Processes discussed above, this is also a good opportunity to review which of your applications to migrate and develop a roadmap for migrating them.

At Dell EMC Services, we’re working with a growing number of clients who are pursuing DBaaS to achieve their cost and agility objectives. Learn more about Dell EMC’s DBaaS transformation services and Oracle Database as a Service on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.

So, start defining a clear Cloud and Database as a Service strategy – one that takes into consideration the constraints of all aspects of your organization and watch your Cloud and Database as a Service deployment deliver unmatched value for your business!

 

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5 Business Benefits of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) https://infocus.dellemc.com/haroon_qureshi/business-benefits-database-as-a-service-dbaas/ https://infocus.dellemc.com/haroon_qureshi/business-benefits-database-as-a-service-dbaas/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:01 +0000 https://infocus.dellemc.com/?p=29644 Imagine being able to provision a database that is highly available and compliant, in an hour.  Now imagine being able to do that, and more, with a click of a button. Today’s technology is changing how databases are being managed, making such desires a reality. Databases are the foundation of today’s businesses. Organizations are increasingly turning […]

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Imagine being able to provision a database that is highly available and compliant, in an hour.  Now imagine being able to do that, and more, with a click of a button. Today’s technology is changing how databases are being managed, making such desires a reality.

Databases are the foundation of today’s businesses. Organizations are increasingly turning to data to help make better decisions, increase their speed to market, engage with customers, and better understand their markets.  As a result, many IT teams are faced with the challenge of trying to meet the demands of their business units and development teams.  Security, governance and compliance remain the most important concerns for today’s data managers and professionals.  There is a critical business need to rapidly respond to the fast-paced demands for data and IT environments, especially with the increased adoption of collaborative development operations (DevOps).  But manual database operations, processes and approval times hinder IT teams from responding to these urgent requests.  All of this leads to poor resource utilization of existing hardware and uncontrolled infrastructure and spending growth.

The high cost of a traditional, manual approach to database management is quickly becoming unsustainable. This chart from recent Dell EMC research shows the rapid, double-digit growth of database management activities. Is anyone’s IT budget growing at 40%? We need a fundamentally different approach that leverages automation to reduce labor costs and provides the ability to quickly respond to the business.

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What’s the best way to tackle these challenges?

Cloud (private, public and hybrid) and Database as a Service (DBaaS) are two interlocking concepts that IT managers are considering to modernize, automate and transform their data centers. DBaaS can help IT teams modernize their database infrastructure and address their business drivers as follows:

  • Virtualization
    Virtualization can increase IT agility, flexibility, and scalability while creating significant cost savings. Workloads are deployed faster, performance and availability increases, and operations become automated, resulting in IT that’s simpler to manage and less costly to own and operate.  Virtualization also makes better use of available resources.
  • Standardization
    One of the biggest challenges is dealing with database sprawl with different versions and configuration of databases.  This makes managing and administrating a database very difficult and time consuming.  By implementing DBaaS, administrators can standardize how databases are built for each version and ensure that best practices are followed, making administrating the databases easier and less time consuming.
  • Automation
    Being able to implement automation within DBaaS removes the manual processes, which are time consuming and prone to user errors.  Automation increases the stability of database environments and improves compliance and governance.  Automation reinforces the implementation of standards, enhancing agility and time-to-market.
  • Self Service Lifecycle Management
    DBaaS creates a self-service catalog for users to provision and deactivate a database.  The catalog helps enforce governance and approval workflows for each database and maintains the lifecycle of a database.
  • Monitoring and Metering
    As part of any DBaaS implementation, being able to monitor and meter each database is very important.  Monitoring an Oracle database is done through Oracle Enterprise Manager, which simplifies the administration of each database and the overall database environment.  Metering allows IT organizations to measure and charge groups based on usage, thus enabling better management of databases and control over license costs.

At Dell EMC Services, we’re working with a growing number of clients who are pursuing DBaaS to achieve their cost and agility objectives. If you find yourself pressured by the rising demand for database management and from the business for faster database operations, maybe now is the time for you to make DBaaS a priority for your IT organization. Learn more about Dell EMC’s DBaaS transformation services and Oracle Database as a Service on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.

In my next blog I’ll be addressing the key elements that ensure a successful DBaaS implementation and I welcome any insight and first hand experiences you’d be willing to share.

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