In recent years, cloud services of all stripes have crept their way into the public periphery. Just a few years ago the driving components behind the cloud were Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). While these components make up the core of cloud computing services, the cloud database has evolved, and as a result some new service providers have entered the space.
Perhaps most recently and most importantly, Database as a Service (DBaaS) providers have entered the space, providing cloud-based database management that makes life easier for web and cloud application developers alike.
Five Ways the Enterprise can Benefit from DBaaS
1.Reduced Complexity – In many ways, DBaaS faces the same challenges and benefits as SaaS. The good news is that it simplifies that application development process for the enterprise, becausethey reduce the need for on-premise database systems that consume a massive amount of resources, and cause significant budgetary strain and stress for It staff and development personnel.
2.Elasticity – DbaaS providers offer a high level of elasticity compared to complex on-premise DB systems. For instance, enterprise-level companies can easily scale in and scale out DB resources as needed. Simply put, the database can grow and shrink automatically based on read/write loads and with minimal to no downtime in the process.
3.Cost Effective – While this benefit isn’t necessarily a revelation, it is an important aspect of DBaaS that every enterprise-class org needs to consider. However, in the instance of a DBaaS service provider, you’re only paying per actual DB use. Basically, your pricing is based on the size of the database, so you’re not paying per server instance. This can save a lot of money on DB administration and IT overhead costs.
4.Failover Benefits – The automation doesn’t merely stop at elasticity. Through a robust DBaaS provider, your DB will automatically detect and isolate failures and heal itself in real time. This all happens without the application needing to be aware that the failure is occurring.
5.Multi-tenancy – One of the biggest advantages of cloud-based DB management and deployment over on-premise solutions has to do with multi-tenancy. For instance, your development team can run multiple databases on any number of instances in the cloud platform. On the flipside, any individual database can be allocated to a single instance. The bottom line here is that DBaaS allows for a great deal of flexibility in your DB management and deployment processes.
DBaaS is great news for the development community. Deploying agile databases in the cloud simplifies the testing and debugging processes without sacrificing application performance and security. The DBaaS space doesn’t come without challenges, but the development community is actively gearing up for these challenges as they continue to prepare for large-scale DBaaS adoption. But at the end of the day, cloud-based database management is just one step further to make life easier for the IT industry, and that’s really the magic of the cloud.