As I picked up a nutritious breakfast from my favorite bakery (love ya, Magnolia), I noticed a sign in the window saying they were certified Kosher. As I usually do, I thought about how that kind of thing applied to databases.
The Star-K symbol on food products or restaurants means that the ingredients and processes have been inspected by a rabbi or a kosher certification company. The way I understand it, given my extensive scanning of the Wikipedia entry on kosher certification agencies, a rabbinic field rep closely monitors the restaurant’s ingredient acquisition and food preparation. He makes sure everything matches up with kosher standards, and then puts his reputation on the line to vouch for it.
I’d love to have that for databases.
What if we had a “DBA Approved” stamp that covered things like data model design, index tuning processes, good query writing, and backups that matched the company’s RPO and RTO goals?
There could be a centralized list of people who were approved to give out that certification, and they’d get regular ongoing training to make sure they were qualified to put their stamp of approval on a database.
That’d be the kind of certification I could actually get behind.
The closest I’ve seen so far is kCura’s Best in Service certification for Relativity. It’s not just about DBAs passing a test – it assesses a customer’s hosting environment and actually post the scores live every week at Trust.kCura.com so that end users know which environments are the safest bets to host their e-discovery data. I like this approach a lot, and I wish Microsoft would take a similar approach with SQL Server.