Increasing Multi-Cloud Adoption Raises the Stakes for Database Monitoring

CAMBRIDGE, England--()--The rise in cloud adoption, alongside the move by organizations to use a number of different cloud vendors, will have a big impact on the way database estates are managed and monitored in the future, research from Redgate Software indicates.

An analysis of the data from its 2020 State of Database DevOps survey earlier this year shows that 49% of organizations are hosting all, some, or a combination of their servers in the cloud. In the IT & Tech sector, this rises to 64%, with Media & Retail close behind at 60%.

This hybrid approach, with some servers on-premises and others in the cloud makes monitoring the health of server estates and proactively finding potential problems before they impact users more complex. It’s also compounded by findings from Redgate’s State of Database Monitoring survey conducted later in the year.

The survey shows that 54% of respondents now use Microsoft Azure, a big increase of 15 percentage points compared to 2019. More importantly, however, organizations are also using other cloud providers like Amazon RDS in combination – a finding supported by the 2020 State of the Cloud Report from Flexera, which shows that organizations are using an average of 2.2 public clouds, and experimenting with an additional 1.2.

Redgate’s research has been affirmed by the latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker from IDC, which shows that spending on public cloud infrastructure increased by 34.4% year on year in the second quarter of 2020, with spending on non-cloud infrastructures falling by 8.7% over the same period.

This is the first time this has happened, with IDC linking it to adjustments in business activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. IDC also notes that it sees the move as a ‘tipping point’ and organizations will continue to increase their investments in cloud environments.

For database professionals in every sector, this will make the task of monitoring their database estates even harder. Redgate’s monitoring survey also revealed that 50% of respondents spend two hours or more each day checking the health of their databases, which rises to five hours for those with estates of more than 500 instances.

As Jeremiah Peschka, Technical Lead on the Monitoring Team at Redgate Software, comments: “Monitoring databases for performance issues has always been a tough job, but it’s now common to have a mixture of on-premises servers as well those on cloud platforms like Azure SQL Database and Amazon RDS and EC2. That’s going to become more and more complicated as multi-cloud adoption increases and home-grown database monitoring solutions won’t be able to keep up.”

To help address the issue, Jeremiah Peschka and his team have been working behind the scenes to add full support for Azure and Amazon to Redgate’s popular SQL Server monitoring solution, SQL Monitor. Version 11 has just been released and users can now monitor all of their servers, databases and instances, whether on-premises or anywhere in the cloud, on one screen.

This will ease the management of hybrid, multi-cloud SQL Server estates, allowing database professionals to maintain the performance of their servers, wherever they are hosted.

To find out how Redgate SQL Monitor offers a complete overview of hybrid SQL Server estates with fast deep-dive analysis, organizations can download a 14-day, fully functional free trial or see a live demo online.

For more information about Redgate’s products and services, and the company’s recent inclusion in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Agile and DevOps 2020, please visit

About Redgate Software

Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by over 800,000 IT professionals around the world and is the leading Database DevOps solutions provider. Redgate's philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day and help them to adopt compliant database DevOps. As well as streamlining database development and preventing the database being a bottleneck, this helps organizations introduce data protection by design and by default. As a result, more than 100,000 companies use Redgate tools, including 91% of those in the Fortune 100.


Meghana Shendrikar
Allison+Partners for Redgate Software


Meghana Shendrikar
Allison+Partners for Redgate Software