Database-as-a-Service Empowers IT Agility and Operational Efficiency with Managed Database Services

Database provisioning, maintenance and management is essential to the success of applications, but the requirements for successfully carrying out these tasks can be rather burdensome and distracting.  Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) providers help companies of all sizes deliver better customer experiences with their applications while improving internal developer agility and operational efficiency.

The true cost of running a database in the cloud isn’t limited to just infrastructure.  There’s real cost in the time and expertise required to setup and configure databases, and revenue lost when things go wrong.  Someone has to manage and run backups on a routine basis, and what happens when the inevitable hardware failure strikes?  Having the right people on staff to handle database up-time, management and disaster recovery isn’t cheap, and diverting these valuable people to tasks like routine maintenance can be a less than ideal use of their time.  DBaaS providers handle these vital but mundane and time-consuming tasks so companies can put their focus on their applications and building a better experience for customers.

DBaaS providers deliver value either through fully managed “white glove” support and hands-on operational services, or through self-service orchestration and automation tools. ClearDB’s popular Developer and Production tiers give customers a mix of both benefits, offering powerful software tools for deploying and managing databases. At the same time, they provide proactive, fully managed support that keeps databases online and operating at peak efficiency in dynamic cloud environments like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and IBM Cloud.

Automatic provisioning tools are important to companies because they eliminate the loss of progress on projects that can occur while development teams wait for infrastructure to be procured and configured, and for databases to be created and deployed in a highly availability manner.  For companies with limited resources and a backlog of requests, it’s not uncommon for provisioning and configuration alone to take as long as thirty days.  DBaaS automatic provisioning tools solve this problem, freeing up company resources for other tasks.  What might have taken weeks before can take just minutes with DBaaS.

While provisioning is part of the efficiency package, right-sizing is also an important consideration. If you choose a DBaaS tier that isn’t powerful enough for your workload then your customers will have a bad experience with your application. On the other hard if you throw too much firepower at your database then you’re burning cash which could be used for other requirements.  Choosing a database service that offers detailed telemetry graphs can help you feel confident that your database is operating efficiently.

ClearDB’s single-tenant Developer and Production tiers provide customers with dedicated infrastructure to power their MySQL databases.  Keeping an eye on CPU and memory utilization, disk I/O levels and networking telemetry can tell a lot about how well a datastore is performing given its current workload.  However a good managed DBaaS provider can also help you stay right-sized if you need help analyzing system telemetry and distilling it into recommended actions.  As a partner in your success, DBaaS providers provide the expertise while telemetry reports provide the data you need to feel confident that your database is operating at peak efficiency.

With most application scenarios, up-time and availability are essential concerns.  DBaaS providers make it simple to deploy databases in highly available configurations, but who is responsible when something breaks?  For purely self-service solutions, or for some services like Amazon’s RDS (which is sometimes described as managed), and absent an expensive support contract, the customer is responsible for jumping online and fixing the downtime issues that occasionally occur.  A fully managed DBaaS solution like ClearDB’s popular Production tier will bundle essential support and proactive database monitoring along with beneficial orchestration and self-management tools.  When these vital support services are included by default with the DBaaS provider’s offering, customers aren’t left to scramble when something goes wrong.  It means the burden is on the DBaaS provider to keep your databases online and available regardless of cloud circumstances.

Database-as-a-Service is the best choice for smaller companies that don’t have internal expertise with database operations and management in the cloud, but it also represents a practical efficiency opportunity for companies of any size.  DBaaS solutions like ClearDB automate and manage routine backups, system patching and database software updates required both for security purposes and for peak operational efficiency.  This combination of automation and hands-on management services frees up DBAs to focus on less mundane tasks like improving query performance and running vital information reports, which empowers internal IT professionals to deliver even more each month.

Trends indicate that many companies are moving towards DBaaS providers as essential cloud partners.  The database is just one piece of the stack and one that most companies would rather not consume their limited cycles and resources.  DBaaS ensures companies have the right tools and the right database expertise at their disposal, as well as the agility to move software projects forward quickly. DBaaS delivers enhanced efficiency in the cloud, and provides insurance against potentially crippling downtime or data loss scenarios.