Database and enterprise computing is a vast field with a wide range of topics. If you want to excel in this field, you’ll need access to some really good resources. Code Geekery has compiled seven little tricks that can help you achieve the best results in this area. It’s not going to be easy, but it will make your time much more efficient and productive if you follow these tips. Under what category of programs and apps do databases and enterprise computing fall? What is meant by the phrase, “the best results in database and enterprise computing?” This is a pretty vague statement.
An application can fall into this category if it is used to store, manipulate or display data in large volumes. Every application falls into one of these categories, but most computer users probably don’t use programs in these categories on a daily basis. The high-level category of databases and enterprise computing is larger than this. It is sometimes called systems and network administration (SNA). This goes beyond the traditional meaning of system administration as a term which refers to computer support staff who maintain equipment.
It also covers the actual word administration. A database administrator is responsible for overseeing the overall operation of a database and making sure that it functions properly, running at peak performance, and meeting business expectations. An enterprise computing expert does the same thing for an organization’s information infrastructure–everything from computers to printers, phones to copiers.
1. Use a Database for Data Storage
Data is stored in different forms and formats in many places. It is not uncommon for there to be separate formats for data storage and retrieval, or even separate applications. For example, if you have an email system, it probably uses a different format from the database containing your contact information. It is inefficient to have redundant copies of data, so when you choose a database system, you should use it as the primary location for storing your information. You can still use other applications to retrieve and view your data if necessary (in other words, make sure that the database supports access), but at least all of your information will be in one place. The best way to make this happen is to use an application that can link to the database without making copies.
2. Use a Relational Database for Data Storage
You will want to consider whether your data is relational or non-relational before you choose a database product. You should always choose to work with relational data whenever possible. This is because non-relational databases (such as XML) only deal with one record at a time, while relational databases are built on a set of related tables. Having related information in one place makes queries run more efficiently and generally keeps things simple and easy to use.
3. Backup Your Database Regularly
Every database must be backed up in case of a problem or crash. There are many standard ways to do this, so you should always define a plan and schedule for database backups rather than leaving this important matter to chance. Backing it up regularly and making sure that you have a current backup at all times is the best way to avoid data loss and ensure database reliability. The ideal backup strategy involves using a method such as full, incremental, or differential backups as well as keeping several copies of your database backup on different mediums, such as hard disk drives, tapes and optical media.
4. Choose a Reliable, High-Performance Database Server
Your choice of database server software can make or break your database. Right away, you will want to look for something that is reliable and high performance. This means that it should be able to handle large amounts of data without crashing or malfunctioning. You will also need to make sure that the server is supported by a large developer community with plenty of databases available for it. It should have a simple, intuitive interface as well as a strong query language and good documentation.
5. Choose a Reliable, High-Performance Operating System
Just like your database server, the operating system that you choose can make or break your database. You will want to look for an OS that is both reliable and high performance. It should also be able to support multiple CPUs with as many as 16 processors (for large database systems). The best choices are Unix, Linux and Windows Server. You also want to use a 64-bit operating system for better performance with modern CPUs.
6. Choose Reliable Hardware for Large Databases
You will usually get the best performance from your database when you use the fastest hardware available and keep it supplied with the best cooling systems you can afford. You will also want to use top-of-the-line chipsets with plenty of cache, fast RAM, and a fast processor (preferably with multiple processors such as with dual or quad core systems). It is usually best to have more memory than you think you need since this will help keep things running smoothly for a long time.
7. Use Backup Systems for Disaster Recovery
Every database needs a backup system in case of disaster. You should always try to avoid losing data by setting up multiple backups, including variations on your backup plan and making sure that your backups are kept in different places in case of fire or floods.