What Is Database Virtualization and Why Should You Care?

In today’s digital economy, success often comes down to how quickly you can develop and deploy new applications. The explosive growth of cloud, mobile, social, big data and IoT, is changing the competitive landscape and helping enterprises take advantage of new technologies to increase efficiency, lower costs and scale with customers as they grow.

This digital transformation is driving a change in database solutions and how enterprises manage and access their data from a variety of cloud platforms.

However, 80% of developers and IT professionals agree that database provisioning and maintenance is a major bottleneck. Databases can take days or weeks to provision while maintaining availability and high performance is a constant drain on IT resources.

This database ‘log-jam’ is the result of the fact that there are simply not enough skilled IT people, especially database administrators (DBAs), to effectively migrate this data to the cloud and the processes to get them from point A to point B are broken.

One way to address this issue is through virtualization – the next logical place for database management. Similar to server, storage, and network virtualization, database virtualization services (DVS) change the way databases are purchased and consumed. DVS provide a level of abstraction that radically simplifies how database workload infrastructure is provisioned and managed, employing technologies—under the covers—for abstraction, decoupling and the efficient use of resources.

DVS optimize the computing efficiency of any database application running in any data center or any cloud. The way it works is that virtualization software sits between the database and the operating system and virtualizes the data store resources through acceleration and overall performance through puts.

This makes it possible to accelerate the application development process and eliminate database sprawl, administrative complexity and inefficient infrastructure asset costs that can limit business innovation. Additional benefits include increased performance, asset efficiency, improved utilization and the ability to maintain 24/7 coverage.

DVS also allow enterprises to take databases on-premises and experience cloud-like benefits and capabilities as a service, shifting the IT model from managing assets to managing service. Enterprises can take advantage of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) on premise as much as they do on the cloud.

DVS are changing the way database resources are consumed and managed so that IT can focus on technology strategies that drive innovation and accelerate business growth. As the market for public cloud services and software-as-a-service continues to demonstrate high rates of growth across all sectors, more IT organizations are shifting to models that will support the digital technology strategies necessary for companies to effectively compete.