What is Preventative Database Maintenance?

Preventive database maintenance refers to critical tasks which are time and resource consuming, but essential for the health of your system, which includes both index rebuilds and database consistency verification. The purpose of a successful preventive maintenance schedule is to set consistent practices designed to enhance the performance and safety of the equipment at your business.

How Often Do We Need to Perform Preventive Maintenance?

Preventive maintenance must be carried out at least every six months, depending on the time and conditions of use of each device.

The digital solutions and the physical conditions to carry it out will depend on the characteristics and requirements of each one. Database software is decisive in its performance and therefore its particularities must be taken into account.

Planned maintenance will help to improve equipment life and avoid any unplanned maintenance activity. A successful preventive maintenance program depends on the interaction of all the parties involved. Engineering managers must rely on the knowledge, ideas, and contributions of all the maintenance personnel at the company.

Advantages and Benefits of Preventative Maintenance

1. Devices will work to their fullest potential

If you do not perform preventive maintenance, devices will start to fail. At first, failures can be subtle and almost imperceptible, but they can undoubtedly interfere with daily productivity. It is natural that by the use and the passing of time databases need a thorough review that can solve any problem that has arisen without our noticing.

2. Devices will always have the most recent update

Preventive maintenance means that outdated versions of programs and software are not used in your business. While it is true that some devices are updated automatically, this does not happen with installed programs. Performing maintenance allows you to refresh the software of each device according to your needs.

3. Preventative maintenance decreases the risk of security issues

Maintenance makes it possible to easily detect viruses and threats since the diagnosis is responsible for locating faults or inconveniences that could put the equipment at risk.

4. Savings on your resources

Preventive maintenance can save you money when a device is faulty. Any piece of equipment that shows signs of wear and tear or is approaching the end of its usability, there is a good possibility it will be needing far more energy than it is worth. If you implement periodic reviews, you will be better prepared for these situations and will be able to make more informed decisions on whether to replace this device or to continue with reparation works.

5. Putting in place a Preventive Maintenance Plan (PMP)

Perhaps the most important advantage is the integration of a preventive maintenance plan. This generates an annual calendar, which helps schedule events for the coming months.

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