Database-as-a-Service: How Cloud-Based Database Management Can Help You Cope with Out-of-Control Data Growth

Feb 12, 2016

Two primary trends are driving the shift from local, on-premises data management toward cloud-based services like Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS).

First, proliferation of data from a variety of sources—including data created by big data and analytics initiatives, data generated from connected devices, and data replication for security and compliance reasons—and the rise of mission-critical business analytics workloads have created a need for better data cataloging and storage solutions. Solutions are needed that are flexible, with the ability to scale on-demand and process queried information at lightning-fast speeds.

At the same time, enterprise IT departments are shifting away from being a cost center. The IT department today builds less infrastructure, and procures more than in the past, allowing for more focus on innovation and service delivery. As a result, IT is procuring more services through the “Anything-as-a-Service,” or XaaS, model.

Databases are one means by which applications structure data to make it searchable. In a database, each field is a discrete, addressable entity that can be queried for processing and analysis, either by itself or in combination with other data.

As data—and the databases that organize it—continues to explode in growth, new ways of managing it are required in order to adequately meet the pressing storage and processing needs. As such, highly scalable, cloud-based solutions are growing in popularity. Database-as-a-Service, or DBaaS, is a service that has quickly risen in popularity in the “XaaS” market.

As data proliferation increases, primarily due to increased and enhanced analytics programs and capabilities, new ways of cataloging and storing data are necessary in today’s enterprise. Solutions must be agile—able to expand as required by data growth—as well as highly available and secure. Cloud-based database services provide the right mix of flexibility, scalability, and security required to suit the enterprise IT department. As such, databases delivered as a service, or DBaaS, is an excellent match for enterprise data management requirements.

DBaaS offerings are also a boon for providers and partners that wish to capitalize on the growing XaaS trend. As providers seek to deepen their relationships with cloud customers, and move further up the cloud stack, DBaaS offers a necessary function that few enterprises are able to operate without, using a consumption-based delivery method that frees staff for innovation, while driving down costs.

Providers that offer DBaaS differ in their capabilities, however, and there is a variety of options for enterprises to consider when choosing a provider. By carefully considering goals, requirements, and fault tolerance, enterprise customers can navigate the options and choose a provider with the best availability, security, support, and pricing to meet their current and ongoing needs.

Cloud infrastructure and service providers should not overlook the need for agile data cataloging and storage in the enterprise market. DBaaS offerings meet a critical need in the enterprise IT market, which will continue to grow as data continues to multiply exponentially. Providers that expand their offers into the DBaaS space will not simply enlarge their cloud service portfolios, but position themselves to deepen relationships with enterprise customers—customers that will continue to leverage growing volumes of data to their benefit in the course of everyday business.

For more information about how DBaaS can help your business, and a head-to-head comparison or leading providers, see our new DBaaS Buyer's Guide, available online at

Category : Cloud

Karyn Price


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