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What is DBaaS? (and 5 Reasons Why Your Business May Need It)

By: Ernest Sampera on October 14, 2020

Today’s cloud service providers are transforming the way organizations view their IT infrastructure. Thanks to the cloud computing boom, companies are transitioning away from expensive, inefficient on-premises solutions and shifting elements of their network systems to the cloud. Database-as-a-service, or DBaaS, is one of many virtualization solutions that is allowing IT departments to shed outdated practices and free up their valuable technology resources.

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What is Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS)?

Often referred to as a “managed database,” database-as-a-service consists of cloud-based software that allows users to set up, manage, and scale a database system without having to purchase their own hardware or install their own software. The back end management is handled by the cloud provider, who updates and patches the system regularly to ensure that data remains available and secure at all times.

Originally popularized by AWS’s Regional Database Service in 2009, DBaaS has become one of the fastest-growing cloud markets and is expected to grow to $320 billion by 2025. For organizations looking for data storage, search, and access solutions that are both affordable and flexible, DBaaS offers a number of advantages.

How DBaaS Works

In most cases, DBaaS is one aspect of a broader cloud platform, usually an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), that provisions the necessary compute, storage, and networking resources from that underlying environment. The cloud database typically runs on a virtual machine (VM) that is spun up and configured with a certain set of operating parameters. These parameters are usually defined by an internal IT department according to the organization’s information security needs, but once they’re in place, database resources can be accessed quickly and easily.

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs DBaaS

1. Reduced Costs

As with many IT issues, choosing a database solution often comes down to managing costs. Unfortunately, putting the infrastructure in place for a scalable database system is often far beyond the budget of all but the largest enterprises. Even for organizations that can afford their own on-premises database, managing that system can be quite expensive over time. With a DBaaS solution, companies can simply pay for the capacity they use rather than budgeting the personnel and resources to keep it operating.

2. Scalability

Managing capacity needs is one of the of the biggest challenges for any IT infrastructure, especially when it comes to a database. On-prem solutions face substantial physical constraints. Adding storage capacity isn’t always as easy as buying a new hard drive or server. There are power requirements and compatibility issues to consider, which which can drag out the time needed to expand capacity. With a DBaaS solution, it’s far easier to scale database clusters up or down as needed to avoid missing out on opportunities or paying for unused resources.

3. Easier Management

Time is often an IT department’s greatest resource. If IT personnel are spending a large portion of their time managing an in-house database system, that’s less time they’re able to spend on other essential functions. By outsourcing the back-end management of their database to a cloud provider, IT departments can instead focus on other aspects of the network and on developing innovative new services.

4. Better Security

Database security is especially important for small to medium businesses that may not have a dedicated cybersecurity team like a larger enterprise. Cloud DBaaS providers are able to implement enterprise-grade security features in their database systems. This makes it easier for their customers to meet complex compliance standards and ensure that their essential data is well-protected by encryption protocols and strong access controls.

5. Developer Agility

One of the challenges of on-prem database systems is that the IT department managing the database is often separate from the developers who need to access those resources. In these instances, developers need to put in a request to have the database specifically provisioned and configured for use, which can sometimes take several days (or even weeks). By establishing standards for database provisioning in a DBaaS environment, developers can simply access the resources they need through an API or a UI portal managed by the cloud provider.

Database Cloud Services and Your Data Center

While a DBaaS solution can deliver a number of important benefits, many organizations still have justifiable concerns about transitioning their infrastructure into a cloud environment. Cloud providers often don’t provide the visibility or control that IT departments require, not to mention the fact that their SLAs simply don’t deliver the desired level of uptime (99.99% isn’t quite as reliable as it sounds, after all). At the same time, on-prem data solutions often can’t meet the database needs of a growing company, at least not without substantial capital investments.

Colocation data centers provide an ideal solution to this problem. By migrating servers into a colo facility, organizations can retain control when it comes to their essential data. If they have access to an intelligent monitoring tools like vXchnge’s award-winning in\site platform, they may even have greater visibility into their power and bandwidth usage than they had in-house. Once inside the data center, those servers will also have access to a wide range of cloud computing services. That makes it easy to build a hybrid IT environment that can connect private servers to a DBaaS provider and unlock the scalable flexibility of a cloud database solution.

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With multiple data centers located in key emerging markets across the US, vXchnge has the infrastructure in place to help growing businesses connect to their customers. Our data centers are engineered for perfection and backed by 100% uptime SLAs. And thanks to the in\site intelligent monitoring platform, our customers can get real-time information about every aspect of their deployment and provision additional services as needed, allowing them to adapt quickly to changing market conditions. To learn more about who vXchnge colocation services can do for your business, talk to one of our data center experts today.

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