Data is the driving force in business these days. Organizations rely on their information resources to make informed decisions regarding all aspects of their operations. Productive use of data assets can provide huge competitive advantages over less-enlightened rivals. The challenge for an enterprise is to make the most of the opportunity afforded them by the abundance of information at its fingertips.
Accomplishing this goal requires a methodical and organized approach. Many organizations opt for a relational database management system (RDBMS) to store, access, and analyze their data. There are many choices of RDMBS on the market that enjoy some degree of popularity. One of the most-used options is Microsoft SQL Server which has become one of the leading solutions in relational database platforms.
Why is SQL Server so Popular?
Multiple factors explain the popularity of SQL Server and its widespread use in the business community. Here are some of the reasons that SQL Server is part of so many computing environments.
The Problem of SQL Server Sprawl
While SQL Server provides many advantages for organizations that adopt it as their database platform, it is not without potential pain points. One that can be responsible for several related problems is SQL Server sprawl. This is the term used to describe uncontrolled and uncoordinated growth in the SQL Server environment. This problem has been exacerbated by the rise of hybrid cloud and on-premises computing environments that contain multiple locations where new instances of SQL Server may be installed.
Two main issues result from SQL Server sprawl. Without proper supervision, they can lead to lost productivity and wasted financial resources.
Controlling SQL Server Sprawl
To address the problem of SQL Server sprawl, it is necessary to have the capability to track your inventory across all parts of the computing environment. This includes all of the on-premises physical and virtual instances as well as those that may be spread among several cloud providers. It can be a daunting task to keep a handle on a diversified collection of SQL Servers and avoid falling victim to excessive server proliferation.
IDERA’s SQL Inventory Manager offers database teams an excellent tool to assist with the job of controlling server sprawl. Here are some of the useful features built into this application that will contribute to lower licensing costs and increase productivity for your database team.
SQL Inventory Manager can be run on Windows or Linux machines and supports all versions of SQL Server from 2000 through 2019. The tool is fully compatible with cloud virtual instances on Azure and AWS. It provides a comprehensive inventory tool that enables your team to identify servers that are no longer needed or can be retired to save licensing fees and DBA cycles. The application will soon pay for itself as your organization eliminates the unnecessary database instances that cost it money and affect productivity.
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