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Managed Services Include Database Monitoring

Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

Managed ServicesMany businesses that are already taking advantage of a managed services model to meet their IT security needs may be unaware that the managed services approach for IT support can actually go much farther than merely establishing and monitoring security measures such as a firewall.  The model can also be used to provide cloud-based databases.  A managed services provider, freeing in-house staff of this responsibility, can also extensively monitor these databases.

Programs that use MySQL to monitor databases can actually interact with a wide variety of cloud-based software that businesses may already be using, such as WordPress and Joomla.  Indeed, monitoring programs built around MySQL can generally interact with any PHP environment, even those that employees do not explicitly think of as databases.

What does database monitoring accomplish?

Using database monitoring, managed services providers can keep track of a number of important variables such as resource utilization and database size and usage.  These indicators provide important clues as to the health of a given database and can let managed services staff know when the database would benefit from regular maintenance routines such as optimization. 

A monitoring tool can also provide information about the latency times associated with the database or the length of time it takes users to pull down a given piece of data from the cloud.  When latency times begin to lag, this is a warning sign that the database structure may need some form of assistance.  By catching problems early, larger issues that may cause downtime can often be averted. 

Tags: Managed Services, Cloud Computing, IT Support

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