How to best manage your IMS database

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Guest blog: Jason Zhang, Rocket Software.

Jason Zhang is the product marketing person for Rocket Software’s Backup, Storage, and Cloud solutions.


Considering how fast the world of technology is advancing, it is no surprise that data growth has reached unprecedented levels.

In fact, managing databases has never been more difficult for IT departments than it is today. With data volumes and streams increasing due to factors such as social media, it doesn’t look like these things are headed towards a decrease any time soon. Even though data is increasing, budgets are not. Neither are the valuable assets which are essential to efficient management, such as human resources and technical skills.

Many within the IT world wonder how they are supposed to manage their databases in the best way possible, especially in light of all of the cuts mentioned above. The answer can be found in the process of automation. Because of the expectations and overwhelming demands placed on IT departments today, automation is a choice that is becoming more and more attractive to many within the IT world.

So, how exactly can automation help teams manage their databases well? In order to accurately answer this question, we need to break down the two major concerns that clients generally have when it comes to their Information Management Systems (IMS). Remember, many administrators are concerned about a host of factors such as their CPU usage, the capabilities available, strategic advantages, and saving in terms of OpEx. These factors are quite common among most IT spheres. However, the two main requirements that need to be addressed when it comes to efficiently managing client databases are monitoring database exceptions and implementing conditional reorgs.

With respect to monitoring database exceptions, it is good to think about how draining this process is when automation is not used. In fact, without automation, monitoring exceptions needs to be accomplished manually and requires experienced staff to analyse the environment. Sounds like a bit of a headache, right? Right!

On the flip side, with the tool of automation, the monitors of the databases are the policies. When an exception arises, an email notification is sent which describes what is needed in order to find a solution to the issue at hand.

Automation is a fantastic tool, helping to save lots of time and resources. However, it is not all “fun and games” when it comes to actually implementing this tool. In fact, expect to perform some complex work before incorporating automation into your system. The work you will do to set up this tool will help to establish what needs monitoring and how the monitoring should be accomplished.

A monitor list will need to be created, defining and assigning policies. This list is the guide which shows who gets notified when there is an exception, along with the type of notification that will be received. The monitor list will also be an incredibly helpful source of information by showing what triggered the exception. With this information, a notification list will be assigned to the policy. So, is implementing automation a lot of work? Indeed, it is! But, the work will be well worth your time and energy.

Regarding conditional reorgs, departments ought to look again to the lovely tool of automation. Often, client reorg cycles are scattered throughout a 4-week cycle, and are scheduled for a very particular time period. When this is the case, time and resources are not evaluated, and are thereby not used wisely. When reorgs are automated, the actual necessity of a reorg will be determined by the process of automation itself. In the end, no manual work will be necessary, which is excellent news to many! The scheduler will do the work of submitting the reorg jobs, but they will only be accomplished if they are truly needed. This makes the most sense, as both time and resources will be used in the most efficient manner.

When it comes to finding a superstar tool to “save the day” for managing a database, the tool of automation is the shining star! It has been proven through various tests that individual utilities perform better when paired with the amazing capabilities of the automation process. Client goals are not only met, but they are exceeded. So what are you waiting for? If you want to manage your databases in the most effective and efficient manner possible, do yourself a favour and consider the wonderful tool of automation!

Jason Zhang is the product marketing person for Rocket Software’s Backup, Storage, and Cloud solutions.

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