Data now at the heart of business operations, how you choose to store, process and manage this crucial asset has become one of the most important factors in a firm’s success. Companies that struggle to take control of this will quickly find themselves falling behind, as they don’t have the insight, they need to meet the expectations of today’s customers.
So, you’re moving your workloads to the public cloud, and you’re considering your options. Do you switch gears and move forward with one of the new Database as a Service (DBaaS) offerings, or do you stick with a traditional database approach?
DBaaS Cloud Database vs. Traditional Databases
Traditional database management requires companies to provision their infrastructure and resources to manage their databases in data centers. This is costly and time consuming, and you still need to plan, raise purchase orders for equipment and software, and hire people with skills from multiple technical domains, including OS and database software.
This makes them familiar territory for customers with on-premises operations. However, companies that are moving to the cloud may want to look into other options, such as Database as a Service (DBaaS).
DBaaS resolves many of these issues, especially those related to provisioning and cost. You can quickly set up a database of enterprise class with a few clicks. DBaaS provides a cost-effective solution for large businesses, as well as SMEs and startups with smaller budgets.
Small startups can spawn servers that are self-service but can grow in capacity in line with their requirements or as the need grows. Even enterprises that have critical data and require peak time high resources for their reporting and OLTP systems are moving to DBaaS because of its ability to scale on demand. You don’t need to worry about availability and security because the cloud has enabled replication of databases across multiple geographical locations.
What is Database as a Service (DBaaS)?
A DBaaS is a database cloud service that takes over the management of the underlying infrastructure and resources cloud databases require and allow companies to take advantage of services in the cloud. This can free up personnel to focus on other tasks or allow smaller organizations to get started quickly without the need for several specialists. In many cases with a DBaaS you can quickly set up a database with a few clicks.
Running a cloud-based database makes it easy to grow your databases as your needs grow, in addition to scaling up or down on-demand to accommodate those peak-workload periods. You can also have peace of mind for any security and availability concerns as the cloud enables database replication across multiple geographical locations, in addition to several backup and recovery options.
And while there are many cloud providers that offer DBaaS, the market leaders are currently Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Each offers DBaaS in a variety of flavors (MySQL cloud database, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and NoSQL databases such as Hadoop or MongoDB, etc.) such as the database as a service AWS offerings Amazon RDS and Amazon Aurora, Azure database as a services Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure SQL Database, and GCP’s Cloud SQL. The cloud service providers also have database migration services to help you migrate your data to the cloud.
Moving your database to the cloud doesn’t have to require your current IT team drop what they’re doing and focus on a cloud migration. There are services available to help you make the move. There are many benefits to using a service provider, here are of them:
1. Migration speed – using a team of experienced professionals eliminates the “uh oh” situations created by not understanding the challenges associated with developing and executing cloud database strategies.
2. Fully benefit from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud – using a managed services provider, you get the advantages of these cloud products with the monitoring, backup and disaster recovery to best fit your needs.
3. Ensure optimum database performance, access, protection, compliance, availability, and scalability plus – continuously manage the environment to ensure database optimization and maximum performance.
4. Ensure predictable performance – Analyzing and tuning each data set to match the workflow characteristics helps ensure the most predictable cloud database and application performance.\
5. Compliance – solutions are implemented to satisfy organizations’ compliance requirements such as HIPAA and PCI
6. Reduce database TCO – when moving to the cloud, there is opportunity to consolidate your databases and realize up to a 50 percent database consolidation ratio, reducing IT management efforts and database license costs.
7. Mitigate risk – by following industry best practices, you have peace of mind knowing that your cloud databases are protected, secure, and private.
Looking at the current pace of adoption of cloud technologies, there is no doubt that DBaaS is here to stay. As noted above, with a compound annual growth of more than 67%, the industry is expected to touch $14 billion plus in 2019. This is mostly due to 90% of organizations preferring to go with a hybrid deployment. Market leaders are working hard on introducing security and compliance features that were once only possible with on-premise data centers. This will enable companies to adhere to all necessary compliance and security measures, and bring enterprise-grade databases to the cloud, allowing companies to benefit from DBaaS features.
Written by: Suyog Kalambate