is the definitive, technology-independent guide to the modern discipline of database administration.
Packed with best practices and proven solutions for any database platform or environment, this text
fully reflects the field’s latest realities and challenges. Drawing on more than thirty years of
database experience, Mullins focuses on problems that today’s DBAs actually face, and skills and
knowledge they simply must have.
Mullins presents realistic, thorough, and up-to-date coverage of every DBA task, including creating
database environments, data modeling, normalization, design, performance, data integrity, compliance,
governance, security, backup/recovery, disaster planning, data and storage management, data movement
and distribution, data warehousing, connectivity, metadata, tools, and more.
This edition adds new coverage of “Big Data,” database appliances, cloud computing, and NoSQL.
Mullins includes an entirely new chapter on the DBA’s role in regulatory compliance, with substantial
new material on data breaches, auditing, encryption, retention, and metadata management. You’ll also
find an all-new glossary, plus up-to-the-minute DBA rules of thumb.
Reader Ben says,"This book is a high level overview of the job responsibilities of a DBA. A DBA
may work on many different tasks with an organizations data and have many different responsibilities
across organizations. This book covers everything that you might be asked to do as a DBA, where ever
you may be working. The book is vendor independent which is nice because that gives you an
understanding of concepts and work flow that are not tied to a specific product.
"Craig S. Mullins tells us that the book can be a class text book or a reference book or a guide
book for educating management as to the job role of a DBA. There are also many other books referenced
throughout the book which offers direction to readers, should you want a more in depth understanding
of a concept. So as an introductory text on the job of a DBA this book will fit the bill, but remember
it is a high over view of the responsibilities of a DBA so you will have to augment this text with others
and with product specific information and texts.
"Either way as a student of Library and Information Science I am very pleased with the book. It's
also easy to read if you take a mature approach to studying, very clear text and layout, no color
pictures, thin paper so be careful with turning pages and drinks that might spill! I just got the
book, it was just published, so I have not read much, but flipping through it I can tell that the
reader will get a very good foundational understanding of what a DBA does. And wouldn't you know
that is what kind of book I was looking for."
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