Why DevOps for Databases Is Vital

The Challenge of the Database

DevOps has transformed the software release cycle, but is not easily applied to databases. From structure to rollbacks to duplication, databases cannot be handled like applications, so changes are often done the hard way – manually. This is a major competitive issue because handling database changes in this manner is slow and risky. Enterprises that translate the speed and efficiency of DevOps to their database releases have a considerable advantage over competitors.

Avoidable Crashes, Downtime, and More

Neglecting database DevOps can lead to expensive consequences. A database crash can be exponentially more expensive than a buggy application because database errors take longer to identify and fix. Check out the horror stories of database crashes involving some of the world’s leading tech companies – the costs often amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. The irony is that all major causes of database release failure, including configuration drift, team conflict, and manual coding errors, can be drastically minimized simply by applying DevOps principles and tools to the database.

Getting Started

Like DevOps in general, database DevOps affects many organizational levels and includes its concepts. Version control, continuous integration and delivery, and release management must all be adapted and applied to database releases. Best practices related to monitoring, reviewing, and testing also need to be implemented.

Want Some Help?

In addition to DevOps practices, using the right tools is vital when applying DevOps to the database. That’s where DBmaestro comes in. Our products enable enterprises to automate major database activities through tools that provide complete database oversight from a single source of truth. DBmaestro eliminates manual processes, enforces database policies, and mitigates risk, with a net result of faster software release cycles.

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