The market for public cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) is continuing to experience high rates of growth across all sectors, reflecting a shift away from legacy IT services to cloud-based services. More IT organizations are moving to models that will support digital technology strategies that drive business innovation.
One example of this is in the database world. Traditional Database Management Services (DBMS) were never designed to support today’s digital business reality, and as a result, they are too complex, costly and inefficient to keep up with the growing volumes of data that the typical enterprise consumers.
In addition, with so much data being created, developers are spending a lot of time managing various databases instead of focusing on more innovative tasks. In fact, IBM’s 2016 State of DBaaS Report found that 41% of developers cited the time spent managing their database as their biggest data management challenge.
Database-as-a-service (DBaaS) has become a popular alternative for many enterprises, as it gives IT the ability to scale infrastructure as needed while reducing the need to hire more people. According to market research company Technavio, the global DBaaS market will grow at a CAGR of more than 65% through 2020.
With this explosive growth expected, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why enterprises should consider DBaaS:
- Rapid Deployment: Traditional databases can take days or weeks to provision and most times IT doesn’t have the specific expertise needed to do this effectively. With DBaaS, the technology is configured by database experts and can be installed within minutes. Auto provisioning simplifies and speeds deployment making it easier and faster to deploy applications across the enterprise. In addition, a more comprehensive, long-term approach to managing the database can help eliminate database sprawl.
- Low Cost: As with any SaaS-based offering, DBaaS is a subscription-based service that lets enterprises “pay as they go.” In addition, DBaaS provides a level of utilization efficiency that drives the economics of the underlying hardware and license cost associated with it making it a lower cost alternative.
- Efficient Resource Utilization: With the shortage of DBAs and IT workers with database management expertise, DBaaS can help organizations simplify and automate their database management. This enables DBAs to focus on more meaningful projects and use their resources more effectively. In fact, 69% of enterprise users said they saved over 50% of staff time on database-related activities by switching to DBaaS.
- Scalability: Many traditional Database Management Services are proprietary in nature and lock in the user, making it difficult for them to migrate data and scale their architectures as they grow. In IBM’s report, 88% of respondents cited scalability as the most important database feature. With DBaaS, companies can automatically scale their database resources up or down depending on demand.
- High Availability of Data: Investing in the infrastructure necessary to have a global presence is cost prohibitive for most businesses. However, using DBaaS allows them to spin up multiple entry points around the world with geo-replicated database clusters leading to more reliable access to data and ensuring data is highly available even in the event of a disaster.
As data continues to be a highly valued asset, businesses need to ensure that their databases are reliable, secure and efficient. By switching to a DBaaS solution, they can offload the resources required to manage their databases and focus their attention instead on innovation and positioning their company for success.