Optimizing Your Cloud Database3 min read
When your database is not optimized, website speed can slow to a crawl and users can encounter bottlenecks when querying, editing or analyzing data. By taking the time to properly optimize and index your cloud database at the outset, you can ensure that your resources are already accessible and that employees can utilize the database quickly, cleanly and remotely.
Optimizing Your Cloud
Optimizing measures consist of speeding up cloud software and infrastructure processing time, run time, data management and queries while minimizing the amount of work for end users.
· Use a database indexing tool to save time. An indexing tool allows you to search for and retrieve data much faster by short-cutting the search process. Without an indexing process, the system will search every row of the database to find matching data. With an index in place, you can define shortcuts and save frequently-performed queries, which leads to faster data analysis.
· Streamline big data management and analysis with Hadoop. If you work with big data analytics, use the open source Hadoop framework to simplify analytics. Hadoop allows you to combine all of your data —including non-textual data like images and textual data (e.g., emails, SMS messages and Word processing documents) into one database and run analytics. Run Hadoop 24/7 to power through years of data. Because Hadoop can run across computers, you can leverage additional computing resources to increase data analysis.
· Optimize SaaS with Memcached. Open source Memcached optimizes SaaS by reducing incoming server traffic and server latency. Memcached uses caches to help database pages load faster, so that users can work more efficiently and the system processes faster. Once cached, pages will load quickly until your access key expires or you wipe the cache clean.
· Automate database backup deduplication to save space and money. Deduplication streamlines cloud backups so that only one copy of a given file is preserved. Depending on the nature of your cloud provider, the system may back up a given file only once or it may rewrite over the file during future backups. Deduplication prevents cloud storage from holding multiple copies of files, keeping your space usage and costs low. In the event of data loss or corruption, you can recover faster. Configure your cloud backup utility to deduplicate when backing up the database.
Outsourcing your Cloud Database Management
One way to optimize your cloud database service is to turn management over to Database as a Service (DBaaS) providers. If you don’t want to (or can’t) prioritize database management and optimization, a cloud database host can do the heavy lifting for you. If you have staff on hand who can handle day-to-day database tasks, a DBaaS provider can configure the database for you, then allow you to manage it ongoing. DBaaS providers can manage either traditional SQL or NoSQL database, hosted across a range of cloud providers.
If you choose this route, you’ll see automation that improves the end user experience, efficient data backup and management and data syncing on demand, along other services. It’s better to monitor your database around the clock than to check it as staff time allows, and DBaaS allows you to do just that.
Whether you outsource optimizing or do it yourself, optimizing your database is easy and can significantly improve its performance.