Things to ponder before moving (or advising to move) to Cloud Database Service

Every day, the cloud is getting complicated and swarming with number of new ‘as a service’ introduced which is awe-inspiring. We have heard of Data as a Service (DaaS) and Database as a Service (DBaaS) in our previous article. Well, the latter is set to revolutionise the entire IT industry as everyone’s guess. Larry Elson, the CTO of Oracle predicted this and made forecasts in the process. ‘Database is our largest software business and database will be our largest cloud businesses’, he said.

What does this mean to Oracle remote DBA experts? What does the future hold for this group of database professionals?
It might as well be the ideal time to know.

Businesses

DBaaS comes with the possibility of the entire database visible online. With this, the user will be able to access all schema or the complete dedicated database based on the requirement. For organizations, this is a new opportunity to amassing more data in a faster and convenient way. With the current scope of automation, there would be little need for full time database administrators. That is when remote DBAs handling Oracle get in. With cloud computing, there would be minimal need for traditional database strategist being employed on daily basis.

The market is anticipated to get bigger with each year, which in turns more profits to people who are well ready for it. An estimate indicates that the market for this software to grow to almost $14 billion in the next three years.

CDCs are here to stay

For remote database experts who might not be well versed in cloud computing, you might doubt your relevance in the next couple of years. With DBaaS promising better speed of deployment, scalability, and unmatched agility, you might as well think you will be out of business shortly. Your worries might be valid but the fact remains; the corporate data centre is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Several companies are to take a hybrid approach in which certain forms of database will be moved to the cloud while others will remain at the centre. This might limit but not rule it out entirely. As noted by Oracle Executive VP for Database Server, Andy Mendelsohn, many clients prefer running important database systems in dedicated servers while facilitating their storage at physical data centres. Databases containing bank information of customers are more likely to remain in data centres because of their critical role. Many companies will be using cloud systems for data related to testing new products and those involving development of new applications. At the end of the day, remote database administration will still be critical.

The Ultimate Game changer

Unless you have buried yourself in COBOL programmes, you might have heard the varied benefits that cloud is promising. From faster deployment, lesser costs and increased competence, the list is endless. As many have already put it, it is bound to be the ultimate game changer in the highly revolutionized world of information technology. For the remote DBAs who know how to smooch the noses into the new technology, the future might be as bright if not promising than ever before. For other remote Oracle Database administrators, you might as well want to convince some of your clients to move their databases to cloud. It might sound like a good idea because of the possible reduction in workload. However, certain aspects need to be considered before ever embracing such an idea.

Be Vigilant on Security

Before moving your client’s database to the cloud, you need to have an idea of the security basics. Is there maximum provision of security by the cloud provider? How regular will the update be or is that going to remain the sole responsibility of your firm? Before taking any step, you need to understand your role in cloud security because failure to do so might as well result to catastrophes. Most definitely, the role of database backup needs to be on top of your agenda even as you decide to move your client’s data to the cloud. You have to decide whether the backup will be at the same place as the primary data centre or possible change of location. Cloud might be promising a better future for your clients, but leaping before carrying out extensive research might result in calamitous outcome.

Latency

For cloud databases, latency has never stopped being an issue. Occasionally, companies having internal applications tend to have latency issues. The reason is way too obvious; the stored data in the cloud is at times moved to a geographical location that is far from their local data centre. As such, it is worth checking that regardless of the latency added, there wouldn’t be any adverse effects on the availability of cloud data services. In case of any issues, you must be assured of constant support. This way, you will be able to maintain good customer relations with your customers.

Brace Yourself for Changes

At the end of it, the cloud database is on the move, whether we appreciate the fact or not. Denying the fact and burying yourself in traditional Oracle Remote DBA expert role might only hurt your profession. Bracing yourself for the race ahead and knowing what is expected of you is critical. Most importantly, you need to have an idea of what might be in store for you so that when it finally comes crumbling, you will be well prepared to handle it. It is never too late to better yourself.

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