Has it seemed like your SQL server budget has been slowly climbing upwards with no end in sight? For many data-driven organizations, the cost of database hardware, software, maintenance, and upgrades can vastly increase year-over-year, especially in the wake of heightened security concerns and additional performance needs. The total cost of ownership for SQL Server can increase due to licensing changes like the new Powercore licensing structure, new version releases, increased instances of SQL Server and software assurance costs.  So what can you do to get these costs under control?

1. Database Consolidation

If your organization works with an extensive amount of data, it’s very likely that you have multiple data deployments throughout your organization. Consolidating your databases and reducing the number of deployments will streamline your data management, thereby reducing maintenance and administrative costs. This is not an easy task by any means but it is one that will help you to get costs under control. Another benefit of pooling your organization’s resources, is the possibility to achieve higher performance levels without having to invest in more infrastructure. Database consolidation makes it easier for an organization to scale up without significant upgrades and improves the overall performance of database functions by allocating resources on-the-fly.

2. Remote Database Administrators

Another way to reduce costs is to hire a remote DBA to manage your SQL Server support. Hiring and training an in-house DBA is time consuming and expensive, not to mention the problems of retention and turnover. The job of the DBA is to manage the day-to-day system and more often than not they are responsible for more strategic IT initiatives, meaning they don’t have enough time to devote to both projects. It is getting harder to find and hire quality DBAs and also meet the challenge for your IT organization to increase availability and performance and do it with fewer resources. A remote DBA solution provides a team of experienced SQL Server database administrators at a lower cost for everything from monitoring and alerting, 24×7 support, backup and recovery, performance tuning, patches and upgrades, to advanced technologies and emergency support.

3. Licensing Costs

You might feel like you need an advanced degree in contracts just to understand and navigate the current SQL Server licensing structure. Managing these costs is a bit of an arcane art form and depending on your current database build, you could be spending more in licensing costs and actually getting less functionality.

When comparing SQL Server licensing with high availability and disaster recovery protection, the least expensive, high-functioning strategy is generally a SQL Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) configuration with SioS DataKeeper Cluster Edition software. This creates a SANLess cluster that does not require SQL Server Enterprise Edition licensing. With SAN and the Enterprise Edition licensing, the total cost of ownership rises by nearly $800,000 over five years. SQL licensing costs increase every year, and the cost increases can be significant. Generally, a full review of licensing costs should be completed every time upgrade licenses and new licensing are required.

SQL Server Expertise

A periodic review of your SQL Server budget is a great way to make sure that your organization is optimizing resources and controlling costs. There are a myriad of ways to bring costs back under control and working with experts to do a complete analysis can begin to stem the tide and realign your resources.

Ntirety, a division of HOSTING, understands that each organization has a different operating model and works with your IT department to provide better support and service to your end users and lines of business. Ntirety offers cost-effective remote DBA services, data consulting and DBA on-demand services so that your in-house staff can work on mission-critical initiatives without worrying about time consuming database maintenance and support.