Your database is the backbone of your business, and without a strong spine to hold up your company, everything else will collapse. So, is your database in jeopardy?

Ntirety conducted a study that analyzed the results of database audits. We found that 90% of SQL Server instances failed to pass a disaster recovery review, while 40% failed a security review. The implications are clear. If you think your database is secure, you may be fooling yourself. A database failure or breach will affect business operations and result in loss of revenue, reputation, shareholder confidence and even lost jobs.

Here are some tell tale signs that your database is at risk for failure:

You’re using old software.

Software that is no longer supported by the vendor is putting your organization at risk.  Out of date software causes incompatibility with other systems leaving you at risk for breach and performance hits and ultimately database failure.  While it may be expensive to migrate systems to newer version, you will need to weigh that against the cost a database failure will be to your business.

Your DBA team is chronically understaffed.

Many DBA teams are understaffed. This means that they spend the bulk of their time running around solving problems as they happen, and they can’t devote time towards optimizing the database. Constant problems—even minor ones—are a sign that the staff is overwhelmed and the system is faulty.

You have too much faith in database backups.

“Even if our database fails, we still have backups.” Does this refrain sound familiar? Of course backups are a necessary component of a functional database system, but backups need to be tested to ensure that they can do their job when the time comes. Test the backup system, and measure its performance against clearly defined recovery point objectives.

You’re behind on patching.

Vendors release patches to close up vulnerabilities and bugs in their software. Setting a schedule to perform patch updates is essential to ensure that your database is stable and secure. If you’re concerned that a patch may impede functionality, use testing protocols before installing the patch on all systems.

You aren’t monitoring the database system actively.

Some DBA staffs rely upon users to inform them of problems. This method is reactive, and allows problems to escalate when they could have been solved at an earlier stage. To stay proactive, you need to implement formal monitoring and testing procedures.

Don’t Cut Corners

Is your database in good shape?  Read more about the database assessments Ntirety offers to evaluate the state of your database and provide you with advice on how to protect your organization. We provide DBA On Demand, Remote DBA, and consulting services and to ease the burden of database administration and free up your DBA to focus on innovative changes that will lead your organization towards success.