The Role of Cloud Databases is Expanding
Organizations today are increasingly using public cloud resources, and specifically cloud databases, for a range of mission-critical workloads. The public cloud has increased in importance for larger IT departments. Migrating operational workloads to cloud platforms means reducing hardware, maintenance, and software upgrade requirements, thus freeing IT to make more strategic contributions to the enterprise.
Small and mid-sized businesses are also increasingly moving their operations into the public cloud, cutting costs and improving efficiencies. According to a survey of SMBs done by social business platform Spiceworks in the first half of 2013, the smaller the company, the more likely they were to use cloud-based applications. The survey found that 69% of SMBs with fewer than 20 employees and 55% of SMBs with 250 to 999 employees were using cloud-based apps in early 2013 and the numbers were predicted to increase through 2013 and into 2014.
Further, by many accounts, the database is poised for the strongest growth among cloud products.
Ubuntu’s annual Server and Cloud Survey found that nearly as many respondents were using public cloud environments for production as for dev/test, with results at 59 and 60 percent, respectively. Further, 44 percent of respondents said the database was among the specific mission-critical services they had deployed in the public cloud.
New Cloud Offerings
In response to the growing demand for cloud database management systems, EnterpriseDB (EDB) has announced two new Postgres cloud database options on Amazon’s AWS Marketplace: Postgres Plus Cloud Database (PPCD) Basic, which features community open source PostgreSQL, and Postgres Plus Cloud Database Advanced, which features EDB’s flagship database Postgres Plus Advanced Server with database compatibility for Oracle and enhanced security and performance features.
Each of the new Postgres database products still feature the characteristics unique to EDB’s cloud framework, such as the ability to automatically scale by adding additional compute resources as needed in response to fluctuations in demand. A sophisticated management console controls the database according to user-defined thresholds and manages the auto-scaling and load balancing.
New Enterprise-class Features
EDB added a series of new features to its cloud products, including:
- Point-in-Time Recovery – enhances disaster recovery by enabling end users to restore a database, after application or other failure, to a specific point in time
- Support for Amazon’s Provisioned IOPS – ensures consistent database performance and increases overall performance for I/O intensive workloads
- Enhanced load balancer robustness – ensures consistent and reliable performance during changes in demand for processing power
- Support for new Amazon machine types – c3.large, c3.xlarge, c3.2xlarge, c3.4xlarge, c3.8xlarge, hi1.4xlarge, hs1.8xlarge, m3.medium, m3.large, m3.xlarge, m3.2xlarge – gives end users more choices in their deployment configurations
- General feature set parity with RDS for PostgreSQL, Heroku, other Postgres cloud databases
Each version of the database has two pricing models, pay-as-you-go purchased from Amazon Marketplace, and a yearly subscription model purchased from EnterpriseDB. All PPCD customers receive 24 × 7 premium support.
Fred Dalrymple is Product Manager, Postgres Plus Cloud Database at EnterpriseDB.
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