I’ve always loved the story about the way Henry Ford built his automotive imperium. During the Industrial Revolution, it became increasingly important to automate the construction of products to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Ford understood that building cars faster and more efficiently would be hugely advantageous. Developing an assembly line as well as a selling method (you could buy a Model-T in every color, as long as it was black.) If you want to know more about how Ford changed the automotive industry (and much more), there is plenty of information on the interwebs.

 

In the next couple of posts, I will dive a little deeper into the reasons why keeping your databases healthy in the digital revolution is so darn important. So please, let’s dive into the first puzzle of this important part of the database infrastructure we call storage.

 

As I already said, I really love the story of Ford and the way he changed the world forever. We, however, live in a revolutionary time that is changing the world even faster. It seems -- and seems is the right word if you ask me -- to focus on software instead of hardware. Given that the Digital Revolution is still relatively young, we must be like Henry and think like pioneers in this new space.

 

In the database realm, it seems to be very hard to know what the performance, or lack thereof,  s and where we should look to solve the problems at hand. In a lot of cases, it is almost automatic to blame it all on the storage, as the title implies. But knowledge is power as my friend SpongeBob has known for so long.

Spongebob on knowledge

Storage is an important part of the database world, and with constantly changing and evolving hardware technology, we can squeeze more and more performance out of our databases. That being said, there is always a bottleneck. Of course, it could be that storage is the bottleneck we’re looking for when our databases aren’t performing the way they should. But in the end, we need to know what the bottleneck is and how we can fix it. More important is the ability to analyze and monitor the environment in a way that we can predict and modify database performance so that it can be adjusted as needed before problems occur.

 

Henry Ford was looking for ways to fine-tune the way a car was built, and ultimately developed an assembly line for that purpose. His invention cut the amount of time it took to build a car from 12 hours to surprising two-and-a-half hours. In a database world, speed is important, but blaming storage and focusing on solving only part of the database puzzle is sshort-sighted. Knowing your infrastructure and being able to tweak and solve problems before they start messing with your performance is where it all starts. Do you think otherwise? Please let me know if I forgot something, or got it all wrong. Would love to start the discussion and see you on the next post.