In the vein of Shakespeare: To have a database in the cloud or not to have a database in the cloud? That is the question. Or, maybe the first question should be exactly what is a database? A database is best thought of as a business productivity software package that helps organize and store your data or content. The names, phone numbers and addresses from the old Yellow Pages are representative of a database, just like all the videos available on a streaming service like YouTube are also stored in a database.
Whether you already have a database or are looking to start one anew, you might be considering a distributed or cloud-based database offering via a database as a service (DBaaS) model. Particularly, if you have a business that has a database on-premises, you might be confronted with the decision analysis whether to migrate that database to the cloud. The following offers some points and features to consider about how utilizing a cloud or distributed database system can cut expenses and improve operational efficiency.
What is a cloud database?
A cloud-based database is the same as an on-premise database except you do not have to go through the trouble of maintaining physical servers that house the database. With a cloud or distributed database system, all of the database licenses, installations, maintenance, set up and configuration are a part of the DBaaS package offering.
In addition to these benefits and features, you also gain the ability to have well-tuned machines running your database(s). Cloud database set-ups are designed to maximize up time, computing efficiency, and some even further optimize the performance by integrating in artificial intelligence to additionally enhance the data operations.
How a Cloud Based Database Can Help Your Business
In addition to the virtually non-existent down time, cloud databases under a DBaaS model offer other features, like fail-over protection, clustering, easy access and low costs to subscribe, use and maintain. Your costs are further reduced because you are freed from many of the expenses associated with maintaining physical servers on-premise, including reduced staff costs.
Even if you are looking to migrate your current database to the cloud, most companies allow you to preserve your current database, as well as any associated applications, as part of this migration. This means that you should not experience any lost computing functionality or productivity as part of this migration. In essence, the database service providers attempt to make this type of move as ‘easy’ and painless as possible.
If you are thinking about utilizing a cloud or distributed database system for your business, you can expect to receive some immediate benefits and gain operational efficiencies. Whether thinking about the cloud version of a database for migration of your current database(s) or starting from scratch, you will get a finely tuned and optimized computing environment that probably surpasses what you may have had or experienced with maintaining your own, on-premise servers.
By subscribing to the DBaaS model, the cloud-based database infrastructure open to you is highly configurable and scalable (i.e., get as much or as little of it as you want). Multiple companies offer different versions of cloud databases, so it is a good idea to do a comparison of the pros and cons for each in order to find the ‘best fit’ for your computing needs.