A database as a service basically means a way that users are able to take advantage of a non-physical database which is controlled from the cloud. Unlike physical storage, there is no need to actually have hardware or software and no need to have to configure it for the best optimization. The service provider of your database as a service will also take care of maintenance and admin tasks which leaves just the database for the user to deal with. If you prefer you can adapt the amount of support you get, which might be necessary if you would prefer to have more control yourself.
In some ways, a database as a service is seen as a subspecialty as it is a necessary component of XaaS. The managed service is open source which means it can be used for a variety of purposes without conflicting with different operating systems including in-house. You are able to store all kinds of information including apps without the need for them to physically stored. It’s more structured than physical storage, allowing apps and programs to run more efficiently as when they are not in use they do not take up additional space as would be the case if they were running in the background as with physical storage.
Why choose a database as a service?
The service is suitable for a number of people due to the fact it can be scaled to suit needs. For businesses that have peak times and quieter times, it allows them to only pay for the management and usage of the storage they are currently using. It can easily be up or downscaled to suit the needs at the time giving more flexibility.
The component that manages the database as a service controls the database that is underlying. The user can also gain access via the console their provider offers which they are able to configure to suit their needs. The management isn’t just about deploying but also the storage, detection of errors and failure, upgrades, backup and ultimately disaster recovery if it’s required. This is created by duplicating files to ensure if one becomes corrupted it can quickly be replaced to reduce downtime or avoid it altogether.
By using a database as a service you have a database that is self-service so you don’t have the added expense of hiring tech staff to oversee the deployment, security, and scaling of your storage. With one less thing to worry about and no physical storage to account for it’s a lot cheaper and efficient than having your own database.
Being open source developers are not tied to specific tools depending on the applications they are using. They are able to source the tools they need usually for free from online sources that other users and developers have provided.
When using a database as a service you don’t have to worry about configuring different versions and clashes. The information is standardized to avoid this. you are in control of who you want to be the administrator or you can select more than one and choose how much access they have.