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Database as a Service

Big Data Infrastructure

Keeping Things Simple with DBaaS

Duncan Harvey, Head of Core Technology Europe,
Middle East and Africa, Oracle @iamduncanh


Moving databases to the cloud can reduce complexity for existing applications and ease the path to new capabilities

Duncan Harvey

Duncan Harvey, Head of Core Technology Europe, Middle East and Africa

Databases remain the beating heart of a great many business functions. They are a key resource used both within the business and by clients and customers. Maintaining, developing and deploying databases requires care, attention, and expertise. It can be a complex and costly activity, depending on the number of on-premises database instances across an organisation. 

By contrast, when businesses use the cloud to help with database management they can significantly reduce this complexity and gain a range of added benefits. Databases deployed in the cloud – typically referred to as Database as a Service or DBaaS – are easier and more cost-efficient to provision and manage than those run on-premise. The cloud also offers an array of new capabilities – such as rapid provisioning and accelerated analytical performance – that businesses can use to maximise the value stored in databases and create new applications and services quickly, in a cost-efficient way.

 The cloud offers an array of new capabilities that businesses can use to maximise the value stored in databases and create new applications and services quickly, in a cost-efficient way. 

Recent research commissioned by Oracle and conducted by 451 Research, found that cost avoidance and savings are primary drivers for DBaaS adoption, with operational efficiency and reduced administration overheads also important.

Furthermore, in a 2016 survey of more than 300 database administrators and IT professionals commissioned by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), 52 per cent of respondents said cost savings achieved by increased operational efficiency through standardisation was a business benefit of DBaaS, with 44 per cent citing savings through elimination of duplication of resources or administration.

The fact databases are managed in the cloud also means there is no need for an organisation to be concerned with update cycles or software patching or with data security and backup. The cloud provider manages all of this, leaving the organisation free to put resources into other areas of work such as the development and testing of new applications or services which actually draw value from data rather than simply maintaining it.

 Recent research commissioned by Oracle and conducted by 451 Research, found that cost avoidance and savings are primary drivers for DBaaS adoption, with operational efficiency and reduced administration overheads also important. 

US-based DX Marketing, a targeted marketing firm, uses Oracle Database Cloud to manage its databases. The benefits include a database service that is scalable so it can be easily enhanced as the company grows and changes, while being cost effective to manage day to day.

Moreover, DX Marketing does not need a large array of in-house technical staff to get good productivity from its cloud database services. Indeed, within less than a month of implementing Oracle Database Cloud Service, it was already using the service for reporting, and found it was able to do key profiling and modelling tasks in less than half the time taken under the previous setup.

For organisations which need to develop their own applications, cloud databases offer additional advantages. UAE-based petroleum fuel supplier, ADNOC Distribution, has deployed Oracle Database Cloud Service to speed the development and deployment of applications. The database platform is used alongside Oracle Java Cloud Service which connects applications on the cloud test and dev environment to database services.

The creation of a complete test and development environment in the cloud has helped ADNOC save time and money, streamlining the application development process.

In addition, ADNOC Distribution has been able to reduce internal administration effort and cost, knowing that all patching and upgrades will be carried out by the cloud provider and that software licensing and upgrade costs are made less complex and more cost efficient.

Crucially, by offloading all of its development and testing environment to the cloud ADNOC Distribution has been able to free up systems to take care of its production workload – catering for millions of transactions every day.

The benefits discussed above are clearly driving uptake of DBaaS. The IOUG Survey on Database Cloud found adoption is set to triple in the next two years. Organisations doing so will soon be recognising the benefits of more efficient, cost effective, secure and scalable databases, still powering the heart of their business.


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