To understand DBaaS we have to find answer for following questions:
- „Could we have a temporary copy of the database to use for a few days?”
Over time, companies created 100s or 1000s of hardly used copies of databases that sit idle on servers and cost millions. With the growth of data, database infrastructure management has become complicated and introduced many risks.
- “We can finish faster doing it ourselves with a PC under someone’s desk.”
When the demand for infrastructure outpaced the ability for IT to deliver, people found answers by putting a server underneath someone’s desk to “serve themselves” or by going to an external service provider. With this trend, compliance, risk, and security have had a hard time keeping up.
- “Didn’t we just buy a bunch of new database licenses?”
Virtualization has cut billions of dollars of costs from IT and has billions to go as more workloads get virtualized. Ironically, companies are seeing up to 40-50% cost reduction in infrastructure budgets, while database budgets continue to increase.
- “I have to test this with production data.”
Every workgroup and department is using applications to improve business operations and companies want to better understand customer usage of the internet and apps. As we use data more to power our businesses through analytics, “real production data” becomes more and more important.
- “It would be crazy to put two databases on the same server.”
While people are using applications and data more than ever, the traditional database/infrastructure model has been expensive to scale at an enterprise level of SLAs. For example, growth in data often leads to new and expensive orders for both hardware and software, and there is too much expense and complexity to make Tier 2 databases highly available.