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How to ensure data reliability, accessibility, and protection by monitoring SQL Server

Database security and compliance requirements are becoming increasingly strict. That requires database administrators to augment their performance monitoring with compliance auditing.

SQL Diagnostic Manager

Deliverables

  • Monitors performance of SQL Server
  • Determines when SQL Server is running out of space and queries are slowing down
  • Generates reports for capacity planning and trend analysis
  • Provides significant information on queries that are running

Methods

  • Balances real-time and historical data
  • Takes samples of SQL Server’s behavior and stores it in its repository
  • Provides multiple ways of visualizing repository data
  • Maintains excellent performance in a production environment

SQL Compliance Manager

Deliverables

  • Audits who did what in SQL Server, how they did it, and when they did it
  • Provides remarkable details of user activity
  • Audits requirements of external and internal regulations

Methods

  • Can track every change in SQL Server
  • Creates tamper-proof auditing for actions of staff
  • Collects auditing data on central server
  • Offers three levels of data collection

Similarities

  • Both monitor and collect data
  • Both work in harmony to reduce time spend on routine monitoring tasks
  • Both enforce data retention policies

Differences

  • They collect data with different methods and for different reasons
  • Their retention periods are different
  • Keep performance data for up to 1 year, and forecasting data for up to 3 years
  • Keep compliance data for 7 to 10 years

Summary

  • SQL Diagnostic Manager provides a broad holistic view of SQL Server activity that is primarily oriented towards performance monitoring.
  • SQL Compliance Manager provides much sharper focus on specific database actions, most often to show regulatory compliance.
  • Combination of these capabilities is essential for organizations, especially those in tightly regulated sectors like finance and healthcare.

How to ensure data reliability, accessibility, and protection by monitoring SQL Server

Database security and compliance requirements are becoming increasingly strict. That requires database administrators to augment their performance monitoring with compliance auditing.

SQL Diagnostic Manager provides a broad holistic view of SQL Server activity that is primarily oriented towards performance monitoring.

SQL Compliance Manager provides a much sharper focus on specific database actions, most often to show regulatory compliance.

The combination of these capabilities is essential for organizations, especially those in tightly regulated sectors like finance and healthcare.

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