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Control IT Sprawl

Data is the foundation of businesses today. Thus, database technology is a critical component of any IT infrastructure. In a typical enterprise IT environment, it’s not uncommon to see engineers and developers create hundreds or even thousands of databases and the bare metal machines or VMs needed to run them. That raises the issue of a significant problem for companies, both large and small -- database sprawl. The Uptime Institute estimates that up to 30% of servers in this country alone are "comatose," but still "racked and running." In the typical enterprise environment there are huge numbers of resources sitting idle, poorly optimized, under-utilized, or completely forgotten. A digital footprint like that consumes more in resources than many companies care even to think about.

The Problem of Database Sprawl

Management of IT sprawl is more than simply an administrative headache. There are both tangible and intangible costs that impact an organization’s IT operations, and those costs can add up quickly. Here is just a sample:

  • Poor Use of Resources - IT personnel now have the added responsibilities of administering databases and maintaining servers.
  • Best Practices Overlooked - The fact is, all databases are not implemented or maintained in the same manner. This has the potential of leading to performance problems, not to mention unintended security and compliance risks.
  • Lost Productivity - Whether you monitor your databases manually or automatically, simply having more of them involves time, effort, and money. Centralized management console and tools streamline productivity.

Take Control

The CenturyLink Cloud® Relational DB Service is an obvious solution for balancing the ever-increasing need for dynamic databases on-demand, while controlling sprawl, cutting unnecessary cost, and maximizing return on investment. Our database-as-a-service (DBaaS) allow you to deploy new databases quickly, securely, and cost effectively. We provide the tools that enable an administrator to manage and scale with very little effort. Centralized management of all databases is now easier than ever.

  • Instantiate and manage via our Control Portal or API calls
  • Consume services on an as-needed basis
  • Scale up or down instantly
  • Move from dev/test to production quickly
  • Shift costs from CapEx to OpEx

Complete Visibility: Our Control Portal is a solid management interface that helps you control how many and exactly where your database instances are deployed. Avoid drowning in a sea of “status unknown.” You can set up, deploy, and manage high-performance, cost-efficient, MySQL-compatible relational databases quickly and easily. You can also manage the configuration parameters of multiple instances using a single configuration profile. Control Portal Login

Full Management: Monitor instances and the compute resources assigned to them, as well as the amount actually consumed. Adjust compute, backup schedule, retention, and enable notifications on the fly so that you pay only for the resources actually used. Tracking those resources saves you money by reducing unused capacity. Relational Database Instances

Scalability and Flexibility: Developers can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Easily scale compute with a click of a button as your environment grows. Relational Database Scales

Optimize Performance: You can easily optimize the performance of your database by tuning its configuration parameter values. Set up a Configuration Parameter Profile to do the same and then apply the profile to as many as needed. Configuration Profiles

Limiting Database Sprawl

The benefits of our Database Service focus on centralized management, agility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, all of which address core problems related to database sprawl. Our Control Portal gives you full administrative control, allowing you to free up IT resources so your developers and engineers can focus on customers and innovation.

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