?
Solved

SQL Server  - Core DBA Vs Production DBA

Posted on 2010-11-28
10
Medium Priority
?
828 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi All,

Please share your comments/real time experience for my below mentioned topic (because i am little bit confused about core dba vs production dba responsibilities)

1. "Difference between SQL Server core dba and Production DBA (responsibilities)"
2. " Core SQL Server administration (In generally what are the extra skills are required as compared to production DBA)."
0
Comment
Question by:srinivas_ganamur
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
10 Comments
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:Sandeepratan
ID: 34228121
hi,
as per my understanding the Core DBA has all the responsibilities relate to database administration such as backup/restore, troubleshooting etc. so does the Production DBA. the addition responsibility on the production DBA is to care about the LIve applications, and as the Services are LIVE ( on production) he has be very careful in all the maintenance tasks he is carrying on, ensuring the maximum uptime.
also he should be in sync with the Application Owners to be ready and informed about application uptime and support required.
0
 
LVL 38

Assisted Solution

by:Jim P.
Jim P. earned 501 total points
ID: 34228274
I'm a Production DBA. By core -- I assume you are talking about development and quality assurance DBA's.

I sit at the front-end, fix user errors and tune the databases. If I find generic/systemic errors that will effect multiple customers -- then I report it back to the dev team to make a permanent fix.

What are you looking for?
0
 
LVL 51

Assisted Solution

by:Vitor Montalvão
Vitor Montalvão earned 249 total points
ID: 34229057
Interesting. I never heard about those kinds of DBA.
I'm DBA only. Period.
0
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:DFW_Ed
ID: 34230748
Looks like an Oracle designation:

http://focusthread.com/training/oracle-core-dba-training/36-oracle-core-dba-training/88-oracle-core-dba-training

Seems that Oracle separates DBAs into App DBAs and DBAs.  The App DBAs can maintain databases and perform application server maintenance while DBAs just perform database maintenance and this gets the "Core" designation.  

Having been in Production Support as a DBA, I'd say a Production DBA is as jimpen described in fixing front-end issues and errors and communicating with development to create permanent fixes for coding issues.  With that as a description, the "Production DBA" would be closer to Oracle's "Core DBA" as it sounds like an "Apps DBA" might actually get involved with middleware too (a la Weblogic).
0
 
LVL 38

Accepted Solution

by:
Jim P. earned 501 total points
ID: 34230816
VMontalvao,

I can sit down and code SP/Functions/etc. But it doesn't interest me to do it day in and day out.

I enjoy troubleshooting. It makes my day to find something in a setup that I can get the DB to work better, or get every  possible speed advantage out of a server. Or if the user messes up the data -- get back to the place that it is correct.

There are companies that the DBA is all three. There are other companies that only have dev/QA. They only are shipping SW -- not hosting it. Then the DBA at the end-user company sits there and tunes and tweaks the multiple delivered apps and DBs to get the best performance.

My last company we had 27 apps that used databases. I had to keep them up and running in the best way possible. My current company -- we develop the SW and sell it -- but we also host it -- so about half need the DBA to sit there and tune the server (my job) and then fix the data entry errors.
0
 
LVL 51

Expert Comment

by:Vitor Montalvão
ID: 34230974
jimpen, ty for the explanation. Here in my bank we have more than 1000 apps (yes, one thousand) and we are 13 DBA's (lucky number huh?). We do everything less development code but many times we need to support development teams.
I'm so jeaulous of your job. Hope someday we can have same job :)

Cheers
0
 

Author Comment

by:srinivas_ganamur
ID: 34231160
Its something really interest....Thanks for your comments.

Core DBA/Production DBA....i think it totally depends on project.

Some company's are recruiting as a DBA, after joining company only we can know what is DBA responsibilities in that particular project (some times it spoils our carrier).
 
0
 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:Jim P.
ID: 34231678
Here is sort of where I got the description http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Administration/dbaroles/517/

While I'm not the pure "Production" DBA as described -- that is where my forte' lies.

You have to decide which way you want to go when doing the interview and job development.

I sat there as a production DBA and jumped on the dev team when they were using >60K queries over 25 minutes to produce a  single report. They got it down to 5K queries in 2 minutes. That is my job.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:srinivas_ganamur
ID: 34264208
--
0
 
LVL 38

Expert Comment

by:Jim P.
ID: 34264285
Thanks for the points.

I hope you have a good career.
0

Featured Post

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you have heard of RFC822 date formats, they can be quite a challenge in SQL Server. RFC822 is an Internet standard format for email message headers, including all dates within those headers. The RFC822 protocols are available in detail at:   ht…
In this article I will describe the Backup & Restore method as one possible migration process and I will add the extra tasks needed for an upgrade when and where is applied so it will cover all.
Michael from AdRem Software explains how to view the most utilized and worst performing nodes in your network, by accessing the Top Charts view in NetCrunch network monitor (https://www.adremsoft.com/). Top Charts is a view in which you can set seve…
Have you created a query with information for a calendar? ... and then, abra-cadabra, the calendar is done?! I am going to show you how to make that happen. Visualize your data!  ... really see it To use the code to create a calendar from a q…

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question