DBAs are tasked with various and disparate responsibilities that consume their day. I’ve written DBA roles and responsibilities (What Does a DBA Do?) here on the blog before, so if you need a refresher, check out the link and meet us back here to hear about automating and simplifying database administration.
With such a varied list of duties, automation of DBA tasks makes sense. Add to the mix that many DBAs are required to support multiple DBMS products and the job becomes more complicated. As such, most DBAs develop scripts and jobs to automate daily tasks. But in-house developed scripts require maintenance and upkeep to stay current. And some tasks are quite complicated to requiring a lot of effort to develop and maintain. For this reason, and many others, many organizations groups rely on DBA tools that are developed, maintained and supported by vendors dedicated to keeping the software current and efficient.
One such tool worth considering for automating and simplifying a myriad of database administration tasks is Navicat Premium from PremiumSoft CyberTech Ltd. The tool is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
Navicat Premium provides support for simplifying a plethora of DBA tasks from database design through development and implementation. And it supports a wide range of different database management systems, including MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLite and multiple cloud offerings (including Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba). You will need to do some verification of specific features as supported features and platforms vary a bit for specific database systems and operating systems.
Perhaps one of the best things that Navicat Premium brings to the table is an easy-to-use GUI that enables users to connect simultaneously to MySQL, MariaDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases from a single application. If you are a DBA that has to manage multiple different DBMS products and installations then you know just how handy that can be. Unfortunately, Navicat does not offer support for IBM’s Db2, so keep that in mind if your organization uses Db2.
More importantly, however, is what you can do using Navicat. Let’s start at the beginning, with database design. Using the Navicat Premium intelligent database designer DBAs can create, modify and manage all database objects with professional built-in guidance. The tool provides physical database modeling capabilities complete with forward and reverse engineering capabilities. That means you can go from model to DDL or from a live database instance to a model. Using Navicat Premium’s graphical database design and modeling tool provides DBAs can model, create, and understand complex databases with ease. Automatic layout capabilities make it easy to create and print readable and useful data models, including to PDF files
And Navicat Premium makes populating and moving data to and from your database a snap. Data can be imported and exported to and from most of the formats DBAs use regularly including TXT, CSV, XML, JSON, DBF, and ODBC. A data viewer and editor make it possible to view and edit the data in your databases using a grid view or a form. This comes with the ability to filter the data as needed and to find/replace data in the table as needed. And you can even navigate and select data as needed based on your referential constraints.
It is important to note that Navicat Premium adds intelligence to data movement, as DBAs can compare and synchronize data between databases and schemas with a detailed analytical process. This means that DBAs can quickly and easily compare the structure of two database instances to identify differences and generate the needed DDL to make them identical. But it is not just for the database structures, Navicat Premium also lets the DBA compare the data, too, so that you can reliably ensure that two tables that are supposed to have the same data, actually do have the same data!
Furthermore, Navicat Premium facilitates database backup and restore for your availability and recovery requirements. That means DBA can use Navicat Premium to design, populate, and synchronize database structures.
Many organizations are adopting cloud databases these days and Navicat Premium can be used to manage cloud databases like Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, SQL Azure, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud and Alibaba Cloud. Additionally, Navicat Cloud adds collaboration and synchronization features including the ability to create projects and add member to collaborate, and to synchronize connections, queries, models and virtual groups.
Using Navicat Premium DBAs can setup automated tasks as needed, including scheduling backups, query execution, and data movement tasks like import, export, transfer and synchronization. There are numerous reports that can be generated by Navicat Premium and DBAs can schedule printing reports as needed. And notification emails can be sent automatically as part of the automation.
Application and SQL development tasks are also available using Navicat Premium. With the SQL editor and visual SQL builder you can create and modify efficient error-free SQL statements to query and modify data across your databases. The SQL console provides an integrated method for testing and executing SQL statement. And Navicat even provides debugging capabilities for PL/SQL and PL/PGSQL in stored procedures.
If you are looking for a tool that can assist your DBAs in supporting a complex, multi-DBMS environment, Navicat Premium is worth considering. It delivers an intuitive and well-designed interface that can simplify your database administration and development efforts.