As a database administrator (DBA), Ive always known what the role involved. Developers swing by my desk requesting a new database, a data refresh, or help with challenges theyre facing. They sometimes get frustrated with me when their database or data isnt ready, even if its really the server admin who hasnt allocated the storage or provisioned the new server yet. My manager might come by and ask what Im doing and, after I try to describe the technical process Im working on, walk away with a puzzled look on his face. When others ask what I do all day, the developers respond that DBA stands for Dont Bother Asking.
This was my life, but it wasnt always satisfying. It was days of backups, database refreshes, after-hours database outages, and weekend patching. Once, this was what gave me value and my day meaning until one day I asked myself, Is this all there is? I had years of database administration, automation, and scripting experience. I was highly detail-oriented and cared about the success of my team. What was next?
Is all that daily slog the best use of your skills?
In a word, cloud. Maybe you too have watched your peers working in the cloud with envy, and youve not found a simple roadmap to help you achieve what theyre already accomplishing. Or perhaps your company is getting serious about a transition to the cloud, and youre curious or a tad anxious about what that means for your role.
Whatever the reason, youre wondering how to break out of the daily DBA grind and join this cloud community and of course youre thinking about risk. (We DBAs are a bit risk averse.) Risk could mean data loss, and since DBAs are only as good as their last database recovery, we tend to play it safer than the developers around us.
On the other hand, those working with data in the cloud are learning new technology, branching out to enhance their technical chops, and adding new skills to their resume like Azure, JSON, machine learning, Linux and Linux scripting, DevOps, analytics, and artificial intelligence. How do you get in on all this?
Fortunately, help is here. Today my Microsoft peers are launching a trio of free resources to help DBAs like us navigate the transition to cloud. Get to know how youll be managing data in the cloud, the tasks youll be able to let go of with the help of cloud automation, and the more strategic responsibilities youll get to take on. These resources include:
- The essential guide to data in the cloud: A handbook for DBAs: This is the ultimate resource for everything you might need in a transition to the cloud, from migration and optimization to managing costs and innovating with connected cloud services.
- Five steps to jump-start your cloud DBA journey: What can you do right now to get ready for the cloud? Heres a cheat sheet of everything you can tackle today.
- Cloud database migration essentials: Once youre ready for a deeper dive on migrating your data, this is the e-book for you.
As a DBA, youre in charge of one of your companys most important assetsits data. Youre the gatekeeper, the protector, and the database whisperer, but is all that daily slog the best use of your skills? Managing your data in the cloud isnt that different from managing it on-premises usingthe same tools, but in a new way, along with new tools and capabilities to take you to the next level in your DBA career. Youll have less tedious tasks and vast new cloud capabilities to master, as well as the ability to do your job at a scale youve only imagined.
Ready to do more, be more? Ill be presenting on these very topics in a free webinarsign up today.
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