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

Wikipedia defines Database-as-a-service (DBaaS):

"With a database as a service model, application owners do not have to install and maintain the database themselves. Instead, the database service provider takes responsibility for installing and maintaining the database, and application owners are charged according to their usage of the service. For example, Amazon Web Services provides three database as a service offerings as part of its cloud portfolio: SimpleDB, a NoSQL key-value store; Amazon RDS, a relational database service that includes support for MySQL, Oracle, and more; and DynamoDB. Microsoft offers its SQL Database service[3] on its Azure cloud service platform. Cloud computing platform Rackspace offers database as a service for MySQL and MongoDB. Database as a service providers are not limited to cloud computing platforms. For example, MongoDB as a service provider mLab allows their customers to host their databases on AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform. Database vendors have also launched their own services under this model. Oracle provides its own database as a service, allowing users to access Oracle Database 11g and 12c as cloud services."

Our definition of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS):

In our view, DBaaS is a self-service portal that allows end users, whether they are a DBA team, internal developers or outside clients, to rapidly provision a database.  That database can be selected from a portfolio of options including database type (Oracle, Microsoft, MySQL); database size; performance characteristics; backup and recovery standards; high-availability and replication options; and even databases with pre-populated data, which could be a redacted replica of a production environment.

Key Characteristics of Database-as-a-Service:

  • Self-service. DBaaS allows database consumers from various backgrounds and IT experience to provision databases effortlessly.
  • On-demand. You pay for what you use, generating overall IT savings.  
  • Dynamic. Delivers a flexible database platform that tailors itself to the current needs of the environment based on the resources available. 
  • Security. A team of experts at your disposal continuously monitoring your databases.
  • Automation. Automates database administration and monitoring.
  • Leverage. Leverages existing servers and storage. 

What can Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) do for my company?

DBaaS relieves a lot of stress off of your IT department and overall makes life easier on your company.  In addition to pure convenience, it adds a level of complexity to your security structure by proactively managing your environment(s). Having a team of experts at your disposal is crucial to the proper functionality, set-up and continuous monitoring of your databases that contribute to overall security. 

Most organizations utilizing DBaaS offerings are able to save money and resource by recycling servers and storage more effectively. With skilled database administrators working to optimize the performance of the system, employees can now focus on daily IT operations and maximize their productivity. 

Suggested additional reading material: Database-As-A-Service Saves Money, Improves IT Productivity, And Speeds Application Development

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VMware - Oracle Expert Event - US 2017

Last month, VMware ran its third iteration of the Oracle Experts Event in Palo Alto, CA.  This exclusive, invite-only event sponsored by VMware brings top Oracle experts in from around the world to learn about the latest and greatest around virtualization technologies.  I was lucky enough to be invited as a participant to the first event and have attended the rest as an alumni (while being put to work to help with the hands-on labs).

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Oracle Licensing with VMware NSX

I'm sure some of you are asking how a network virtualization product can help with software licensing.  Well, if you've been following VLSS for awhile, you know that our mantra isn't "Trust, but verify."  It's "Just verify," and VMware NSX can help do just that.

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Disaster Recovery in the Oracle Cloud — A Use Case

Recently, VLSS took on an engagement with an organization that had no disaster recovery (DR) solution in place. The initial phase was to develop a DR Proof of Concept (POC) within a two-week timeframe.

This organization has an on-premise data warehouse and a stack consisting of an Oracle® database, an Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise (OBIEE) server, and Informatica®. The database is backed up locally with Recovery Manager (RMAN). All components are running in VMware®. The POC’s objective was to take the company’s on-premise environment and replicate it that to the Oracle Cloud to achieve a 48-hour Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and a 24-hour Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

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Top 6 Reasons You Should Consider Managed Services

Even if your organization has dedicated IT expert or an entire IT department, partnering with a reliable technology specialist could help to provide additional professional advice that may dramatically improve the performance of your network and servers by appropriately preparing your company for an unwanted and untimely disaster. 

Here is our TOP 6 reasons you should look into hiring a Managed Service provider like VLSS.

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