What Does a Database Administrator Actually Do?

BrentOzar.com is 20 years old, and I’m celebrating by being a little retrospective and future-looking this month. Today, I’m publishing a post that I could have published 10 years ago, or maybe 20 years ago, and maybe even 10 years from now. How much of this would have changed in the past? How much will change in the future? Think about that as you read through this. Here we go…

A DBA makes sure the databases are backed up, well-configured, patched, secure, and fast.

I explain my job to acquaintances by saying, “You know how some web sites are really