Database-as-a-Service, also known as managed database services, refers to software and/or services that enables users to set up, operate and scale databases without the need for setting up physical hardware, installing software or configuring for performance. All of the administrative tasks and maintenance are taken care of by the service provider so that all the user or application owner needs to do is use and access the database. Of course, the level of control can vary, depending on what the user prefers and that the service provider offers.
What is Database Management?
Database management is a dedicated system that controls data. As data grows, businesses have found that database management is a necessity in manipulating this influx to prevent poor application performance and reduce any impact to compliance and continuity.
Within database management, there are several techniques and actions that an organisation can take to reduce or prevent the negative impacts of exponential, uncontrolled data growth. Below is a list of some common, protective database management tasks:
- Monitoring the performance of applications and their data and tuning as needed
- Planning for storage and capacity growth requirements
- Establishing a powerful backup and disaster recovery solution
- Archiving, partitioning, replicating, and masking data
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How Does DBaaS work?
DBaaS is a service that is added to your databases that can streamline your day-to-day tasks. With automated one-click operations to simplify database management, DBaaS can eliminate tedious and time-consuming administrative tasks. It helps organisations accelerate business performance for DB admins to start their projects and run their workloads without delay.
Once you move your database to the cloud, you have the option to add software-as-a-service deployment. Doing so simplifies the processes required to make information available through internet-based connections. Storage consolidation can also be a benefit of moving a company's databases to the cloud. Databases in multiple departments of a large company, for example, can be combined in the cloud into a single hosted database management system.
What is DBaaS Used For?
Like all the other service-based products, the idea behind DBaaS is to ease the deployment of database instances. If a business department wants to start up another application that needs a back-end database, they would be able to do that without having to worry about the storage, network and other infrastructure concerns. The key value of DBaaS include:
- Managed Database Service
- Quick Agility for application teams
- Reduced database management overhead
- Lifecycle management is reduced and simplified
- TCO benefits
What are the Benefits of DBaaS?
One-Click Management Operations
DBaaS consolidates disparate and siloed databases under one roof for easier management. It eliminates tedious, time-consuming tasks like submitting tickets for new database requests and provides role-based access as a self-service capability, thereby saving a lot of time and helping accelerate time to value.
Scale According to Business Needs
Get faster performance from databases to access key data stored for business insights when you need it. DBaaS can also provide the option to scale rapidly to meet fluctuating business demands like end-of-quarter reporting or for seasonal e-commerce companies that require high transactional processing on-demand but then scale back down after season without the overage costs.
Safeguard Your Data
By utilising a cloud-based infrastructure, security is often integrated and applied across the entire platform - including your database. No more siloed security practices that are applied piecemeal across compute, storage, networking, and virtualisation environments which can cause gaps and inconsistency leading to vulnerability and attacks.
Increase Operational Efficiency
Since DBaaS is a service, you can start small with one node at a time and scale bigger without disrupting the business. Organisations can scale as they grow which is far more cost-efficient; by adding one or more nodes at a time and then spinning down resources that are no longer needed, IT teams can prevent costly overages.
DBaaS offers one-click patching and upgrade options and automates the steps needed to perform these tasks. Intelligent database operations means that you no longer have to bring the system down to perform these tasks. Users can continue to work while the upgrades are happening thereby maintaining user and database productivity so you can focus on more business-enhancing tasks.
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What is Lacking in Traditional DBaaS?
The key to not only database health but an organisation's health as a whole is database compliance and security. Identifying potential threats in the environment is key to protecting both customer and organisation data. Data breaches are costly in that they damage the trust between their customers and the company and can hinder future business. Confirming the environment falls under regulatory compliance such as Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, and HIPAA/HITECH is important so that auditing and reconciliation actions can be taken to remediate any mandatory regulation shortfalls.
Organisations discard their best practices because they are consuming a fully managed environment with traditional DBaaS. This one size fits all approach removes the customisation that is required for most organisations to fit their business approach. DBaaS is typically hosted in the public cloud, which is a single vendor & single cloud model (i.e cloud lock-in) which is not ideal for hybrid cloud scenarios.
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