Tuning their systems for optimal performance is one of the main responsibilities of database administrators. It can often be a difficult task to find the right ways to satisfy the user demands put on their SQL Servers. Numerous moving parts can be tweaked in an attempt to attain faster response time. The challenge lies in finding the right place to start.
Pinal Dave is a well-respected authority on all things related to SQL Server. He is the guest presenter for an IDERA Geek Sync Webcast that goes into detail concerning the most relevant SQL Server performance tips that will make a real difference to your systems. We are going to take a brief look at what Pinal discusses in this video as an appetizer that should get you motivated to watch the complete presentation. It’s an hour well-spent that will point you in the right direction when searching for SQL Server performance gains.
Where to Start?
Faced with a poorly performing SQL Server database, a DBA is often challenged to select the right optimization techniques. Once the problem queries have been identified, the correct methods need to be used to fix them. Some areas deserve immediate attention as they may substantially increase database performance.
Finding Out Where the Problems Originate
Having potential solutions to SQL Server problems is all fine and good, but you need to know where should you direct your attention. Randomly selecting queries to tune will usually not lead to the desired results. What you need is the insight into the inner workings of your SQL Servers that can be provided by a comprehensive monitoring tool.
IDERA’s SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server monitors, alerts, diagnoses, and reports on SQL Server performance and availability. It can help a database team identify the problem queries that are locking system resources and causing excessive wait times. The tool monitors standard SQL Server metrics as well as hardware and session information. Long-running and high-impact queries can easily be identified for closer investigation.
DBAs can drill down on reported wait states to find out which sessions and statements are causing a workload spike. Historical data enables forensic investigation to help eliminate recurring problems that may be plaguing your systems. Informative reports analyze server performance and provide prioritized recommendations for improvements.
Using the information available from SQL Diagnostic Manager for SQL Server and the techniques that Pinal Dave illustrates during his demonstration, you can identify and address performance issues that are slowing down your system and leading to unsatisfied users. There’s no excuse to keep your users waiting for query results. It’s time to tune the SQL Servers!
Powered by IDERA