Of all database management platforms today, the fastest-growing is MongoDB. It is reliable, innovative, and highly scalable, has a fast time-to-market and is relatively inexpensive. It uses NoSQL, which allows it to do much more than any classic relational database could ever do. Over just a few years, it has amassed over ten million downloads, a thousand partners and 2000 customers including one-third of all Fortune 100 companies. If you opt for Remote DBAs for your MongoDB operation, you have access to a host of services including but not limited to 24×7 monitoring and administration of your databases, performance optimization, advice and assistance on projects, architecture, and design from the leading data performance experts and DBAs in the industry.
Benefits of Remote DBA
Technical Expertise: Perhaps the greatest and most obvious benefit of having a remote DBA team at your disposal is the availability of technical skills, expertise, and experience around MongoDB databases and platforms. In the tech world, a few years is almost nothing, which makes MongoDB a comparatively new technology, further implying the lack of expert DBAs.
Any reputed remote DBA will have amassed experience working for a number of organizations, thus having a lot more experience than your in-house DBA. They are more in touch with industry trends, and are able to do all their activities a lot better and a lot faster, thus coming up with and managing a very effective, robust database for you.
A remote DBA team would be able to render a number of professional services, like
- Load balancing and replication across several servers
- Batch processing and aggregation with MapReduce
- Shard Key usage for horizontal scaling
- Searches using regular expressions, range queries, and fields.
Reporting and Monitoring: One of the advantages of hiring a team of Remote DBAs is the fact that you can have your databases monitored round the clock with proprietary automated checking scripts which handle reporting, capacity planning, pre-outage alerts and so on. This allows you to stay updated at all times and also lets them handle any big issues before they surface. When picking a company, make sure they provide at least these types of reports:
Trend reports: These establish baseline signatures, so exceptions are reported any time the DB conditions fluctuate too far from the baseline. Trend reports can be generated for all MongoDB components, like internal metrics, CPU usage, memory usage and so on.
Exception reports: These are auto-generated and submitted to the manager’s inbox daily. They are basically logs of times when the DB was under stress and when the reporter went beyond standard monitoring to check the processor and RAM usage and what was causing the problems.
Tuning reports: These go down to object-level and generate logs of I/O issues. They cache operations automatically and alert the DBA of critical issues like missing indices.
Capacity Planning reports: These are mailed to the manager every week, as a summary of all activities and growth over the past week.
Monitoring is a huge factor for the selection of remote DBAs, as in-house DBAs believe they are already on top of matters since they are working locally. They wouldn’t dedicate much time or effort into monitoring due to other obligations in the company as well. The running cost in cash, as well as, manpower would be more for in-house reporting.
We live in an era where data is critical to any and all operations of a tech company, and the management of said data is a major issue as it takes time and money. High-performance DBs take a lot of effort to build and keep in order. This is where MongoDB and remote DBAs step in. No matter the size of your operation or your budget, you will definitely be able to find a DBA team ready to set it up and optimize it to provide the best performance and create the backbone of a successful operation.