As organizations seek to leverage more data in more forms, some are finding that cloud-based, or cloud-friendly, databases provide advantages in terms of faster deployment, flexibility, reduced upfront capital commitment, and easy maintenance.
With the promise of on-demand scalability to deal with unexpected workload spikes, database cloud capabilities, which are also dubbed database as a service or data as a service, offer relational as well as NoSQL data management capabilities.
Whether accessed in the cloud on a subscription basis, within the security of enterprise walls as a private cloud, or as a hybrid database instance, cloud computing, especially cloud databases, provides an approach for organizations to more effectively deal with demands for more access and capabilities while also keeping control of cost.
Built on shared resources, cloud approaches facilitate the sharing of cost across business divisions as in the case of private clouds or across companies as is the case with public clouds.
In addition, cloud databases can help organizations to address infrastructure inadequacies as well as help them bridge the skills gap as they make forays into the world of Hadoop and NoSQL data management.
Still to be dealt with for many organizations, however, in the view of many industry watchers, are the intertwined issues of security and governance. As a result, some believe, a hybrid approach to cloud computing will be the most widely embraced approach for the foreseeable future.
Yet, with the increasing need to do more with data, to support a greater range of data types, and use data more effectively for greater insights and improved decision making, cloud databases pose an appealing choice.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 DBTA READERS' CHOICE AWARDS FOR BEST CLOUD DATABASE
EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Cloud Database
Microsoft SQL Azure