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Database Administration

Service Description:

ITaP provides database hosting and administration for SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL to Purdue departments upon request. These services can be provided through a shared server environment or a dedicated server environment. The service offering includes the following:

  • Installing and maintaining database management software.
  • Backup and recovery measures to safeguard data.
  • Monitoring and maintaining space usage within the database.
  • Monitoring and maintaining availability and performance of the database.
  • Provisioning and monitoring security measures within the database environment.
  • Controlled production implementations through the ITaP Change Management process.
  • Creating or re-creating new database instances where necessary.
  • Collaborating with departments in maintaining databases where database administration (DBA) involvement is necessary.
  • Assisting with database migrations through the Software Development Life Cycle.
  • Creating user accounts for Databases required in Applications Systems.

Restoration of databases can be handled on a case by case basis depending on availability of the system and the type of backup being performed.  Production databases have a recovery objective of within 4 hours when possible. Non-production databases have a recovery-time objective of 2 business days.


University departments are eligible for this service.

To request service:

Send an email to the service-request email address. The request will generate a Help Desk ticket assigned to ITaP’s service manager. For additional information, email ITaP systems and operations.

Related Costs:

There is no cost for this service if the database is located in the shared environment. If a dedicated database environment is needed, the cost includes a dedicated VM and, if a SQL server is required, the cost for a SQL license.

How to report problems or issues:

For problems of availability, monitoring or maintenance that require ITaP assistance, contact ITaP’s Customer Service Center by email, phone (49-44000), Web form or in person at the main floor of the Humanities, Social Science, and Education Library (HSSE) - Stewart Center 135.


Database availability will be based on the individual needs of the request. Admin Availability: Standard/Business Hours: M-F, 8:00am - 5:00pm EST Extended/High Availability: 24x7 (on-call) Standard Maintenance Window: Saturday 4pm - Midnight.


Last updated 07/07/2014