@ TechEd 2007 I presented an overview session on new manageability features in SQL Server 2008. SQL Server Central's Steve Jones blogged about the session. Steve provides a pretty accurate account of the session (thanks Steve). This is mostly a straight forward report with a little editorial sprinkled in here and there.
There are a few items I'd like to address:
And finally this: Steve writes "The database manages itself. Not totally, but close to it. It was an analogy made by Dan Jones with cars. Auto shop isn't really offered in high school anymore, people don't "tinker" with their cars much anymore.
If this is true, we have more time for data design, data architecture. I'm not sure I agree and as much as I hear, the more I think a DBA needs to be around because when something goes south, it goes way down."
The point isn't that we can eliminate DBAs or push them to the "design room". But rather, DBAs can focus on the harder more interesting problems. Think of it this way. It used to be the case when you put bad gas in your car, or the wrong octane, your car would ping. This is no longer the case. In addition, your car needed a tune-up every 30K miles or so. This is also no longer the case. Does this mean mechanics no longer see cars for pings or tune-ups? Absolutely not, it does mean they see fewer cars and time between visits is greater. In most instances the cases mechanics are handling are more complicated and require more advanced skills. I think this will be true for DBAs as well. The simple stuff will be handled by the system. The more complex stuff, though the system will help, will require the knowledge and skills of a rock star DBA.
It will be fun to see how this all plays out over the next 10 years.
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