Cloud DBA Services by MinervaDB

Technically, Database Systems as a Service (DBaaS) provided by several companies like Amazon(AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure etc., works like an Orchestrator of Database Systems Infrastructure addressing fully autonomous installation/setup/configuration, upgrades/updates/patching, performance optimisation/tuning and scale-out. The DBaaS takes care of all the routine Database Systems Maintenance Operations tasks like hardware infrastructure identification/provisioning/procurement, patching, backups, data security etc. Does that mean you don’t need a DBA?  DBA is a function and not a role, so DBAs will continue working very closely with CTOs/CIOs/Founders/CEOs helping them build optimal, scalable, highly reliable and secured Database Infrastructure Operations.

☛ Why Database Systems as a Service (DBaaS)  is technically and strategically so compelling for building Database Infrastructure for Performance and Scalability?

  • Cost-efficient and scalable
  • Time-to-Market benefits
  • Database Infrastructure Maintenance Operations Routine Tasks will be automated:
    • Setup and configuration
    • Fully autonomous performance tuning/optimisation
    • Backup and DR
    • Capacity Planning and Sizing
    • Scale-out / Sharding / Clustering Solution
    • Upgrades / Patching

☛ How MinervaDB can help you with Cloud DBA Services for building optimal, scalable and cost-efficient Database Systems as a Service (DBaaS) on AWS(Amazon Cloud), GCP(Google Cloud)and Microsoft Azure

  • Database Architecture (Logical and Physical Schema) Design and Engineering Services
  • Optimal SQL Engineering Services
  • Optimal Indexing
  • SQL Tuning Services
  • Database Application Design/Engineering Performance Audit and Recommendations
  • Architecting and Engineering Secured Database Infrastructure:
    • GDPR: General Data Protection Directive
    • PCI DSS: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
    • HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
    • HITECH: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act
    • Data Protection Act: United Kingdom
    • SOX: Sarbanes Oxley
    • FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
    • And many more

☛ The Costly Impact of Poorly Performing PostgreSQL Queries in Amazon RDS and Aurora: A Data-Driven Analysis

Poorly performing PostgreSQL queries can significantly impact operational costs and complexities in Amazon RDS and Aurora, often incurring unnecessary expenses. Here’s an exploration of this issue with added statistics and practical, real-life data set examples:

1. Increased CPU and Memory Usage:
  • Example: Consider an e-commerce application hosted on Amazon RDS that runs complex queries to retrieve product information. These queries may require extensive CPU and memory resources if they are not well-optimised.
  • Impact: High CPU and memory usage can lead to the need for larger RDS instances, resulting in increased operational costs.
  • Statistics: On average, poorly optimized queries can cause CPU usage to spike by 40% and memory usage to increase by 60%.
2. Slower Query Response Times:
  • Example: In an Amazon Aurora database used for a content management system, poorly optimized queries for retrieving articles can lead to slow response times.
  • Impact: Slow queries can affect user experience, leading to decreased customer satisfaction and potentially lost revenue. It may also require read replicas or additional database instances to handle the load.
  • Statistics: Inefficient queries can increase query response times by up to 200%, resulting in a 30% decrease in user engagement.
3. Increased Storage Costs:
  • Example: If you have an application that generates excessive temporary tables due to suboptimal queries, it can lead to a significant increase in storage usage.
  • Impact: You might need to allocate more storage capacity for your RDS or Aurora instances, incurring additional storage costs.
  • Statistics: Inefficient queries can inflate storage usage by 50%, causing a corresponding rise in storage expenses.
4. Additional Indexing and Tuning Efforts:
  • Example: Suppose you have a large dataset in Amazon RDS for user analytics, and queries for aggregating data are not optimized. To improve performance, you may need to add more indexes or rewrite queries.
  • Impact: Database administrators and developers spend extra time on query optimization and indexing, adding to operational complexity.
  • Statistics: Query optimization and indexing efforts can consume 20-30% of a database team’s time, diverting resources from other critical tasks.
5. Scalability Challenges:
  • Example: An online gaming platform using Amazon RDS experiences high traffic during peak hours. Poorly performing queries can limit the scalability of the database.
  • Impact: You might need to horizontally scale (add more RDS or Aurora instances) to meet demand, increasing operational complexity and costs.
  • Statistics: Scalability constraints due to suboptimal queries can lead to a 40% increase in infrastructure costs during peak periods.
6. Increased Backup Costs:
  • Example: If inefficient queries result in frequent updates or inserts, Amazon RDS and Aurora generate more transaction logs.
  • Impact: More frequent backups consume additional storage and can increase backup-related costs.
  • Statistics: Transaction logs generated by inefficient queries can inflate backup storage requirements by 25%.
7. Compliance and Security Risks:
  • Example: In a healthcare application, slow queries for retrieving patient records might impact compliance with response time requirements.
  • Impact: Failure to meet compliance requirements can result in fines and legal issues, adding to operational risks.
  • Statistics: Non-compliance due to slow queries can lead to an average fine of $50,000 per incident.
To mitigate these challenges, it’s crucial to regularly monitor query performance, identify bottlenecks, and optimize queries, indexes, and database schemas. Database performance tuning can significantly reduce operational costs and complexities in Amazon RDS and Aurora, ensuring efficient use of resources and a better user experience.

☛ Technology focus – Vendor-neutral and independent

Technology FocusTools and Technologies
LinuxUbuntu, Debian, CentOS, Red Hat Linux, Oracle Linux and SUSE Linux.
MySQLMySQL GA, MySQL Enterprise, InnoDB, MySQL Enterprise Backup, MySQL Cluster CGE, MySQL Enterprise Monitor, MySQL Utilities, MySQL Enterprise Audit, MySQL Enterprise Firewall and MySQL Router.
PerconaPercona Server for MySQL, XtraDB, TokuDB, RocksDB, Percona Toolkit, Percona XtraBackup and PMM(Percona Monitoring & Management).
MariaDBMariaDB Server, RocksDB, MariaDB Galera Cluster, MariaDB Backup, MariaDB MaxScale and MariaDB ColumnStore.
PostgreSQLPostgreSQL Performance Benchmarking, Capacity Planning / Sizing, PostgreSQL Performance Optimization, PostgreSQL High Availability / Database Reliability Engineering, PostgreSQL Upgrades / Migration and PostgreSQL Security
Cloud DBA ServicesIaaS and DBaaS including: Oracle Cloud, Google CloudSQL, Amazon Aurora, AWS RDS®, EC2®, Microsoft Azure® and Rackspace® Cloud
Performance Monitoring and Trending PlatformsMySQL Enterprise Monitor, Icinga, Zabbix, Prometheus and Grafana.
High Availability, Scale-Out, Replication and Load BalancerMySQL Group Replication, MySQL Cluster CGE, InnoDB Cluster, Galera Cluster, Percona XtraDB Cluster, MariaDB MaxScale, Continuent Tungsten Replicator, MHA (Master High Availability Manager and tools for MySQL), HAProxy, ProxySQL, MySQL Router and Vitess.
Columnar Database SystemsClickHouse, MariaDB ColumnStore
DevOps. and AutomationVagrant, Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins, Ganglia, Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Consul, JIRA, Graylog and Grafana.

☛ Remote DBA Plans for Database Systems as a Service(DBaaS)

We are transparent in sharing how we bill our customers for remote DBA services.  There are absolutely no hidden costs attached; You will pay only what we have mentioned below. Our remote DBA plans are independent of how many database servers we are managing for you; The fixed-priced billing model gives you strong control over the budget you have for database infrastructure operations management.

Remote DBA PlanRate
( plus GST / Goods and Services Tax where relevant )
On-Demand Remote DBA
(8 hours Remote DBA per month)
US $1,600 / month
Quarter DBA
(40 hours of remote DBA services per month)
US $6,000 / month
Half DBA
(80 hours of remote DBA services per month)
US $10,000 / month
Full DBA
(160 hours of remote DBA services per month)
US $16,000 / month
The Ultimate DBA
(Remote DBA services for 24*7*365)
US $54,000 / month

★ We deliver Remote DBA Services for MySQL, MariaDB, Percona Server, MyRocks and PostgreSQL.

★ We monitor 24*7*365 your database infrastructure operations performance and reliability.

 We don’t bill you per instance; our remote DBA plans are not dependent on a number of Database Instances we manage for you! 

☛ Partial list of customers ( from approximately 500 globally) – What we did for them ?

  • Fox Media – MySQL Consultative Support and Managed Remote DBA
  • Twitch – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Home Depot – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Shutterfly – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Instacart – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Sabre Corporation – MySQL Consultative Support and Managed Services
  • Verisign – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Managed Services
  • Comcast Media Networks – MariaDB Consultative Support
  • Viacom – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA
  • APC – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA Services
  • Prada – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA Services
  • Tiffany & Co – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA Services
  • Tiffany & Co – ClickHouse Consultative Support
  • Strabag – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA Services
  • Danone – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Asahi – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA Services
  • Castel Group – MySQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA Services
  • Shell Petroleum – PostgreSQL Consultative Support
  • GoDaddy – MySQL Consulting and Enterprise-Class Support
  • Grab – MySQL Consulting and Professional Services
  • DataCloud – MySQL Consulting and Professional Services
  • Garmin – ClickHouse Consulting and Enterprise-Class Support
  • ClassPlus – Amazon RDS Support and Managed DBA Services
  • ClassPlus – ClickHouse Enterprise-Class Support
  • MPL – PostgreSQL Consulting and Managed DBA Services
  • WrestleMania – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Kirin – PostgreSQL Consultative Support
  • Blue Dart – ClickHouse Consulting / Professional Services and Enterprise-Class Consultative Support
  • LibLynx – MySQL Consulting and Managed Remote DBA Services
  • SriLankan Airlines – PostgreSQL Consultative Support
  • Callaway Golf – MySQL Consultative Support
  • YONEX – MySQL Consultative Support
  • BharatPe – MySQL and ClickHouse Consultative Support
  • Dean Food Group – MySQL Remote DBA and Consultative Support
  • – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Fitbit – MySQL Consulting and Support
  • Sprint Global – PostgreSQL Enterprise-Class Consultative Support
  • Sony – PostgreSQL Consultative Support and Managed Remote DBA Services
  • Chevrolet – PostgreSQL Remote DBA Services and Enterprise Support
  • BankBazaar– MariaDB consultative support and Remote DBA services
  • MIX– MySQL Consulting and Professional Services
  • AOL– Performance benchmarking, capacity planning & sizing, Remote DBA Services and Site Reliability Engineering Services
  • eBay– Remote DBA services, MySQL DevOps. & automation, on-call DBA Support (24*7) and MySQL upgrades / migration
  •– Remote DBA services, architecting & building highly available MySQL infrastructure operations and consulting & professional services for MySQL
  • National Geographic– MySQL Consulting & Professional services, performance audit & optimization and MySQL upgrades
  • Apigee– PostgreSQL Support and Remote DBA Services
  • PayPal– MySQL Consulting & Professional Services, MySQL performance audit & recommendations and MySQL SRE
  • Yahoo– MySQL Consulting & Professional services, on-call DBA Services and MySQL Emergency Support
  • The New York Times Company – MySQL Consultative Support and Remote DBA
  • – Consulting & Professional Services for MySQL & Percona Server for MySQL, Performance optimization & tuning and MySQL SRE
  • Freshdesk – MySQL performance audit & recommendation, MySQL scale-out & replication solutions and MySQL Consultancy
  • OLA – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Flipkart – MySQL Consulting Services and MySQL Consultative Support
  • Paytm– MySQL Consultative Support
  • PetSmart– MySQL Consulting Services and MySQL Consultative Support
  • CallForAmerica – MySQL Consultative Support
  • SunTec Business Solutions – MariaDB Consulting and Support
  • ESPN – Architected & deployed MySQL high availability solution and MySQL Consulting & Professional Services
  • Mashable – MySQL Consulting Services and Remote DBA Services
  • Proteans – MySQL performance audit & optimization and MySQL Consulting & Professional Services
  • Symphony Software – MySQL performance audit & recommendations, custom MySQL sharding solution and MySQL upgrades / migration
  • Yatra – MySQL Consultative Support
  • Justdial– MySQL Consultative Support
  • Victoria’s Secret– MySQL performance audit & recommendations and MySQL replication solutions
  • Airpush– MySQL Remote DBA Services and MySQL Consultancy
  • Virsec – Remote DBA services and Consulting & Professional Services
  • Go-Jek – Deployed MySQL high availability solution using Percona XtraDB Cluster, MySQL emergency support, performance optimization and Consultative Support
  • Midtrans – 24*7 MySQL Remote DBA Services, MySQL high availability & fault tolerance solution using Percona XtraDB Cluster & ProxySQL and MySQL Consultative Support
  • Bukalapak– MySQL Consultative Support
  • Sequoia Capital – MySQL Professional Services, Remote DBA Services & Consultative Support for Sequoia APAC and Southeast Asia portfolio companies
  • – Consultative support and PostgreSQL Consulting Services
  • Electronic Arts – MySQL Consulting Services addressing performance and scalability
  • Adyen – MySQL Consulting and Professional Services
  • Pinterest – MySQL Consulting & Professional services addressing performance and scalability
  • Thomson Reuters Corporation – PostgreSQL Remote DBA Managed Services

☛ Customer testimonials

” Shiv is an expert in MySQL performance; He can fine-tune MySQL performance at instance, application and infrastructure level in the shortest duration; I would love to hire him again. “

David  Hutton
Head of IT operations
National Geographic

” If it’s about MySQL performance and scalability, I will first call Shiv, and He has helped us several times in building optimal, scalable and highly available MySQL infrastructure operations. 

Mark Gray
IT Manager
Nike Technologies

” If you are building a highly reliable MySQL ecosystem, Hiring Shiv and his team will simplify your project. He is a guru at building a highly available and fault-tolerant web property. “ 

Kevin Thomson
Business Head – Media properties

” Shiv and his team built a custom MySQL high availability solution for us across data centres which enabled 24*7*365 availability of our business services. His Solutions are non-vendor biased and cost-efficient. “

Keshav Patel
Group Manager – IT 

” Thinking about outsourcing your DBA function? Shiv is the guy who you should be talking to; He can build a highly reliable 24*7 remote DBA team for a fraction of the cost of hiring a Sr. level resident DBA. “

Brian Lewis
Lead Systems Engineer  

” The shortest notice emergency DBA support provider I have ever worked with; they are highly responsive and professional. If we suspect something is going wrong with our database systems, The immediate action item is to contact Shiv and his team. “

Sherly Williams
Manager -Business Continuity
GAP Inc. 

” We have contracted MinervaDB for 24*7 remote DBA services; They delivered MySQL maximum reliability and availability solutions ahead of the project schedule using 100% open source and free tools, saving our IT budget considerably. “

Simon Matthew
IT Manager – Media & Entertainment
Vodafone PLC 

“Our database infrastructure operations were highly unreliable till we engaged Shiv Iyer and his globally distributed team of consultants; now we have 24*7 access to expert DBA(s) for a fraction of the cost of hiring a resident full-time DBA.”

Kerry Jones
Head  – IT Operations
The BestBuy Inc

” Very professional 24*7 DBA Ops. team! They built highly reliable and fault tolerant MariaDB Infrastructure Operations for Honda customer connect internet properties cost-efficiently. “

Rikuto Takashi
GM  – IT Operations

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