“Sometimes,” he added, “there is no harm in putting off a piece of work until another day. But when it is a matter of baobabs, that always means a catastrophe. I knew a planet that was inhabited by a lazy man. He neglected three little bushes …”
—The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
In my first job as a database administrator, working for a Fortune 100 company, I managed only three databases, each no more than 100MB in size, and had ample time for database maintenance. I performed regular database-maintenance procedures to keep the databases in peak operating condition, included data archiving and purging ...