Remote DBA: How to Get Expert Help Without Losing Control

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I’ve been invited by new Pythian partner GridApp to co-host a webinar with their eminent chief scientist, Matt Zito. If you don’t know about GridApp, you certainly should. They offer a rapid-provisioning and configuration management system called Clarity that substantially streamlines repetitive database management chores while simultaneously providing visibility into inventory and configuration changes. Another major benefit which is of interest to our larger customers is how deploying Clarity across their enterprise helps with ensuring license compliance and fulfilling audits thanks to the closed-loop centralized environment inventory and configuration console.

Anyway, so on July 24 Matt Zito and I will be presenting a webinar on how remote DBA services such as Pythian’s can be blended with GridApp’s Clarity software to enable companies to benefit from the quality of service advantages of database administration outsourcing while still maintaining full visibility and control (and thus compliance) over their entire environment. Pythian and GridApp now have two customers in common, so this approach to tackling the database production engineering challenge has substantial momentum.

You can learn more about the webinar’s agenda here: Gridapp Webinars. While the webinar is free, they do cap attendance so please register if you would like to attend.


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About the Author

As Pythian’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul leads this center of excellence for expert, outsourced technical services for companies whose systems are directly tied to revenue growth and business success. His passion and foresight for using data and technology to drive business success has helped Pythian become a high-growth global company with over 400 employees and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Paul, who started his career as a data scientist, founded Pythian when he was 25 years old. In addition to driving the business, Paul is a vocal proponent of diversity in the workplace, human rights, and economic empowerment. He supports his commitment through Pythian’s hiring and retention practices, his role as board member for the Basic Income Canada Network, and as a supporter of women in technology.

2 Comments. Leave new

Rob Baillie
July 10, 2006 1:53 pm

BEST Practice?


Surely you mean GOOD practice?

Or are you going to teach us the best way we could possibly do things, in all situations? A way that will never be beaten no matter how much research and progress is made in the arena?

Surely not!


Paul Vallee
July 11, 2006 7:41 am

Hi Rob,

I think they mean “Best Practice” in the sense of Wikipedia’s explanation, nothing more, nothing less. It’s certainly not intended the way you fear.



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