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Should You Move Your MySQL Database to the Cloud?

May 20, 2011, 11:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Gravelle)

"The service that interests us database personnel is called Database as a Service, or DBaaS for short. In a DBaaS, the database tier in the backend is being overseen by a management layer that's responsible for monitoring and configuring the database to achieve optimized scaling, high availability, multi-tenancy and effective resource allocation in the cloud. In a DBaaS solution, the developer is spared much of the hassles of the tedious ongoing DB management tasks and operations, as those are automatically handled by the service itself.

"Cloud applications commonly connect to a database that is also being run on the cloud. It can take the form of a manually configured database, like MySQL on an Amazon EC2 instance, preconfigured MySQL like Amazon RDS, or a native cloud Database-as-a-Service like Xeround's MySQL Cloud database. What we've seen is that native cloud databases are better equipped to optimally use cloud resources and to guarantee availability and stability, compared to 'patched' software being adopted for cloud use."

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