Proactive or reactive?

by Stéphane Faroult

It's a slightly provocative question to ask oneself whether the
automation of database administration isn't taking database
administrators back to the bad old days of panic-mode, reactive behavior
when they have painfully tried to be proactive for years.
For many years, the hallmark of a good DBA was a collection of automated
reports that were warning about storage issues to come, or parameters no
longer adapted to a changing load, and all the intelligence of the work
was in preventing issues. Automated administration certainly means that
one DBA is now able to administer much more databases than before. But
it also means that action will be focused on nasty bugs and generally
speaking everything that shall have slipped through the net of
automation. Let's hope that vendors' support will be, well, supportive.