You don’t have to be a control freak to appreciate the power, flexibility, and resilience of the U2 database system. U2 database solutions provide the interoperability and outstanding performance—including scalability and manageability (i.e., control)— that data-driven business app.
How users lose control
So, why the title “Take Back Control…”? Where do U2 database users fall behind the control power curve in managing their databases?
Part of the answer lies in the need to carefully monitor U2 database hashed files. The resizing process can be a tedious, but vital, aspect of avoiding file overflow and its consequences of slower performance.
Read all about why you need to resize your U2 database files on our News piece, Why Resize U2 Files?
Dynamic files are not totally “automatic”
Then there is a common misconception about U2 dynamic files that leads to a false sense of security (and, again, loss of control).
Yes, dynamic files are designed to split and merge as you add or delete data. The reality is this “automatic” process often results in excessive overflow or hogging disk space; hence, the slowdown and further loss of control.
Dynamic files, like hashed files, require analysis and continual resizing. Otherwise, they will bog your system down with a slow split-and-rewrite process, which will take a toll on your database speed and add to your maintenance overhead.
Built-in commands don’t go far enough
So, why not maintain control of your U2 applications with the built-in file analysis and resizing commands? Those commands are simple and basic, but are only the first step.
There are other challenges. For example, can you detect the signs of potential file corruption? How do you locate and repair orphaned files? How often should you do the foregoing, and what are the implications in recovering disk space? Do you know how to repair corrupted file and reduce potential data loss?
Finally, there is always work to do in query analysis. Capturing repetitive and overlapping selection-based queries, for example, helps you tune your key indices for optimum database performance. Do you know which dictionary fields are being used for selection and how often?
Fine-tuning your U2 database
Then there are additional U2 database performance monitoring tasks, to keep your database sleek and efficient, such as
gathering and analyzing statistics on memory usage, disk utilization, user connectivity, etc.
reviewing database configuration files and adjusting them to improve database performance.
If you are up to the foregoing challenges, you are—or have hired—a DBA expert. But experts maintain control of their networks and applications by using monitoring tools—principally third-party file utilities to do the tedious and time-consuming work and concentrate on the mission.
Mercury helps you regain control of your U2 Database
Mercury is that third-party tool that meets every U2 database control challenge described above.
Check out our product features and browse through our product brochure. You don’t have to be an expert to gain control of your U2 Database. If you have a DBA expert working for you, you will free them from the drudgery of routine U2 database tasks so they keep you up, running, and competitive.