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OpenStack DBaaS: Blog Post

DBaaS: Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss That Process By @TesoraCorp | @CloudExpo

Deploying databases in the cloud as a service offer speed, agility

This post comes from Arthur Cole on the Tesora blog.

Time is probably the most valuable commodity in business. "Time is money" is a trite way of saying that those who move the quickest are usually the ones who get the loot.

But current database technology is anything but timely. Databases take a long time to build, populate and manage, and more often than not produce valuable results only after hours of number crunching. And with Big Data, social networking, the Internet of Things and other data-intensive workloads on the near horizon, database functionality is likely to become slower still.

Unless something new comes along. To many, Database as a Service (DBaaS) is merely one more way in which the enterprise can leverage its growing cloud presence. Those who are at the DBaaS forefront, however, know there is a whole lot more to it than that.

Oracle's Alexander Wolfe, for example, points out that DBaaS doesn't just lower the cost of database infrastructure, but allows new databases to be created faster and more securely than current state-of-the-art systems. How fast are we talking? For those already running Oracle Database 12c, it only takes a few minutes to spin up a clone in the cloud. At the same time, DBaaS allows admins to reduce database sprawl, streamline management overhead and establish optimal, even customized, environments for the various workloads that the enterprise routinely encounters.

Indeed, the kind of dynamic configuration capabilities that exist in the cloud are simply beyond the reach of all but the largest of enterprises , says Being Geeks' Vishal Gaikar. Rather than an all-purpose infrastructure that forces database managers into strict deployment confines, the cloud can give you virtually anything you want at any time. Looking for a certain data service in support of a new API? The right one is on the cloud. Tired of waiting six months or more for IT to provide the proper resources? You can have them in an instant in the cloud.

The automation layer that is evolving around DBaaS is also bent on producing a highly efficient, highly responsive environment, and can be up and running far quicker than deploying and integrating a home-grown solution. As Percona's Tim Sharp notes, much of initial server setup and configuration - including patches, backups, restores and monitoring -is automated , with administration via a CLI interface, a RESTful API or the OpenStack Horizon dashboard. This makes for a highly simplified process flow compared to most legacy environments, with only a few simple commands needed to get up and running.

For those of us with a little grey on our temples, the difference between DBaaS using an emerging approach like OpenStack Trove and traditional database infrastructure is like the difference between Speedy Gonzalez and Slow-Poke Rodriguez (younger readers will just have to Google those names).

As data loads continue to creep up, the speed at which data can be processed and analyzed will become more of a challenge than finding a place to store it all. With DBaaS, both the speed and flexibility needed to handle the job are ready and waiting.

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Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.