Managed DBaaS – The Nirvana of Database Management
For many organizations, digital transformation is about improving the customer experience while also increasing business efficiencies and reducing costs. New applications and features like Slack, Trello, chat, etc., are being integrated to facilitate communication and collaboration and with them comes more data that needs to be protected, stored and managed. In order for this to be seamless to the end user, a lot of orchestration is needed.
IT organizations are migrating to cloud computing to provide more effectively sourced and consumed IT services for their business users and customers alike. Data has become the new business currency and as it becomes more valuable and critical, businesses want to deploy new databases more quickly and securely while avoiding the costs associated with big infrastructure projects.
In addition, CIOs and IT managers are spending a good portion of their days managing these databases and applications and are trying to figure out how to reduce the functional activities related to database management.
Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) provides the opportunity for these IT managers to get out of the business of managing databases. There are many benefits to taking a managed DBaaS approach to database management including reliability of data, secure backup and recovery, increased application and data performance and efficiency, and resource optimization.
With managed DBaaS, organizations can experience 100% uptime and around the clock, global support including the ability to automatically and proactively predict issues and address them.
This allows CIOs and IT managers to keep up with the increased data without the need for a designated database administrator which is expensive. It also allows them to redirect internal resources to growing their business and increase employee productivity – a key element of IT agenda.
When it comes to selecting a managed DBaaS solution, there are three important things to consider:
- It is important to evaluate the total cost of ownership (TCO) for database management. Licensing, standing up servers, and migrating data can be very costly from a resource perspective. A managed DBaaS can facilitate these processes with a few clicks and provide organizations with the ability to scale up or down as needed. This enables increased flexibility and agility. In addition, DBaaS essentially replaces the role of a database administrator (DBA) with a service, which frees up time and resources that can be applied to things like application performance tuning and future deployment strategies, or repurposed into additional development resources.
- Not all DBaaS solutions are created equal. For example, you could have MySQL on the same server that is hosting the database, but this doesn’t scale. You don’t want these to use the same resources because if an application is taken offline, customers won’t have access. A managed DBaaS is highly available so if one data center fails, the data can easily be can move to another allowing for global, 24/7 access. Isolating the database and application in two different instances enables improved uptime and security. And by having them separate but in close proximity, it doesn’t introduce tremendous latency and protects the organization so that if an application goes down their database doesn’t.
- Ease of Use. Instead of taking days to set up, a managed DBaaS enables organizations to rapidly deploy and provision their infrastructure within minutes. In addition, as organizations look towards a hybrid infrastructure – having some data in public/private clouds and more proprietary data on-premises – a managed DBaaS makes it easy to move between the two.
As organizations look to reduce time to money and time to development, the key to success is being able to doing more with less.
Managed DBaaS is becoming the nirvana of database management. Utilizing an always-on database service that automatically manages application data removes complexity and allows organizations to focus on their business rather than worrying about the security and performance of their applications.