Around The Clock SQL Database Monitoring
The first step to improving your system performance is to obtain SQL performance information and then tune the SQL Server according to the specific needs of your company.
With our 24/7 SQL database monitoring, it’s easier to solve problems in real time before they start affecting your business processes. Regular and consistent monitoring from our SQL experts allows database administrators to define normal trends, capture KPIs, and respond to any issues that might affect business performance.
What We Do:
At SQLWatchmen, our DBA experts provide lasting, reliable, and continuous solutions for your business and its data. Don’t risk your data, employees, and customers by only providing semi-regular monitoring. With our database monitoring services, we keep your data accessible, secure, and up-to-date so that you can maximize business uptime.
What Metrics Should You Monitor?
Because no two organizations are alike, your database requirements will be unique to your business. Our DBAs optimize SQL metrics to help your company achieve its goals by monitoring server parameters such as memory usage, CPU usage, disk activity, and network traffic. This data can help you determine what your system needs to perform at its best.
Processor (CPU) Metrics
SQLWatchmen database administrators monitor processor, privileged and user time, percentage of queries running in parallel (a single query consuming multiple CPU cores), NUMA node configuration and many other CPU related metrics. Monitoring the processor usage can help you understand the needs of your system.
Disk Activity Monitoring
Our DBA experts identify the disk’s activity to determine if it’s constrained more on reads or on writes. And we need to know which data files are most active. Is the problem one of 5 data files for the main DB? Or is it TempDB or even another user database? Our DBA professionals will implement effective database solutions based on the actual problem.
Your business data is one of the most valuable assets your company owns. In the wrong hands, it can lead to the end of your business. Our DBA experts go above ensuring security compliance with legal standards, and we create a specialized protection plan for your business.
You need to know which database operations are using extensive memory. Our DBA experts can minimize your memory usage and adjust indexes and code that are optimized for your server’s usage patterns. If memory is not configured correctly, Windows will swap cached data from fast memory to slow disk, which can make some queries take 10x longer to run.
If the SQL Server knew the data it was retrieving was actually on disk, it would use a different Execution Plan method to get that data more efficiently when on disk. With our analysis, we can see which databases are consuming most of the RAM, and which tables and even parts of indexes are using up most of the RAM. We can even see which queries are requesting the most RAM from SQL Server to process their queries. With better indexing strategies, we can reduce the memory footprint by a large degree, making everything run so much better.
Is a constrained network adaptor slowing your SQL Server? We can look at the Wait Statistics, Performance Monitor and other metrics to determine if the network adaptor is full and that is the cause of performance issues. Linked Servers can really contribute to this.
Network issues are especially critical with environments which use a SAN, since a full network can cause disk drive letters to vanish, leading to database corruption or other huge issues!
Query Execution Time
Query Execution time is how many milliseconds a query runs for until it completes and returns results. Sometimes the queries are miswritten because software developers may not necessarily test how each query affects database performance.
For example, Microsoft advertises various methods of retrieving data and promotes them all as “great” since those features and methods are supported. However, usually one method is far faster than others. The criteria differs based on the software development goal as to which technique is actually best, as well as how to mitigate scalability issues for each technique.
For example, User Defined Functions (UDF) regularly cause huge performance issues in applications that use this programming technique. However, you’d never know the danger by reading the Microsoft documentation on such a construct.
Note: UDFs can work quite well in some circumstances, but most of the time, they are misused and lead to significant performance issues. Our DBAs are able to analyze and assess query execution time metrics, then make adjustments to optimize your database.
Benefits of SQL Server Performance Monitoring
We provide the ultimate SQL monitoring services to reduce downtime, increase performance, and secure your data. Whether you have a cloud-based or on-premise database, our SQL experts will handle all your SQL database needs proactively.
Protect your SQL database with SQLWatchmen’s world-class database administrators and modern monitoring solutions. We offer database scalability and real-time SQL monitoring while maintaining professionalism and honesty.
Don’t leave your essential data to the care of standard in-house IT departments. Secure, build, and protect your data with SQLWatchmen’s unparalleled services. Give us a call today to learn more about our SQL solutions that can revolutionize your business.