2Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail
3Thinking Outside the Box
Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna said enterprises should look beyond a single large SMP server for consolidation. Virtualization through server clustering and cloud computing is a good platform for consolidation. “After all, consolidation projects are all about re-using the infrastructure to its maximum potential. Private or public cloud[s] offer an on-demand infrastructure which makes it not only cost-effective, but also availability of additional resources to support any unforeseen increase in workload or data growth,” he said.
4Standardization Is Key
‘An application decommissioning initiative should be conducted alongside the database consolidation initiative,’ said Burton Group analyst Marcus Collins. ‘Applications are sticky
6Test Applications Before Consolidation
“Many companies reported they ran into application- and data-related issues when they consolidated databases to a fewer number of servers, only to later realize that some clients could not connect without manual changes on their desktop, batch processes failed [and] application response time became worse than before. All applications should be tested, especially the critical ones to ensure that there is no impact on its functionality, performance, availability, integration and security,” Forrester’s Yuhanna said. “Do a parallel run with the new platform to ensure there are no unknown issues.”
7Database Consolidation Is an Ongoing Process
Because it is driven by hardware refreshes and the evolving nature of businesses—which enter new markets and buy other companies—database consolidation is a continuous process, said Burton Group’s Collins. “The supporting processes [e.g., application portfolio management and technology refresh] should be an integral part of the IT processes.”
8Understand the Database Landscape
Businesses should develop a comprehensive application portfolio that details the relationship between database, application and business processes and the service level required by businesses process; the relationship between database and the supporting hardware as well as internal database structures, version and feature usage. Businesses should also have current and historical workload and usage statistics and forward-looking, capacity-planning data, Collins said.
9Licensed to Drive
Organizations should pay attention to special licensing terms with virtualized database servers. “We’ve seen many customers make mistakes in their licensing calculation for running Oracle on a virtual platform,” said Pythian CTO Alex Gorbachev. “It often comes as a surprise that licensing rules make clients pay for the whole physical hardware rather than the small subset allocated to a virtual machine that is running database software. Know your platform and licensing schemes.”