Peter Drucker was paraphrased as saying, “What gets measured gets improved,” and these words couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to database or application monitoring. All too often, database administrators (and administrators in general) find themselves rushing to put out fire after fire, rarely taking the time to truly find the root cause of the issue. Part of the reason it's hard to find the root cause is because gathering the needed data is difficult and often time-consuming (if it’s even possible to find at all).

With constant 24/7 monitoring, the data is at your fingertips. Not only can 24/7 monitoring help find the root cause of performance issues, but constant monitoring can also help prevent issues from occurring in the first place.

When monitoring your database 24/7 with SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), you can:

See What’s Normal

With DPA’s anomaly detection powered by machine learning, you’ll quickly be able to see when database instance wait times are running longer than expected. By monitoring 24/7, DPA can predict instance wait time, helping in troubleshooting. For example, DPA knows that wait time should be X at 8 a.m. and Y at 11 a.m.

Create Accurate and Timely Alerts

With 24/7 monitoring, you can be alerted as something happens or set up conditional alerts to further remove false positives. When an alert is generated, you know what time the error occurred vs. “sometime last week.” Knowing exactly when things changed allows for quicker mean time to resolution.

Optimize Better

Without baseline performance, you’re in the dark when trying to optimize database and application performance. With 24/7 monitoring, you can see and report on performance impacts after changes are made, allowing you to correctly optimize the database.

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