For a small website, database management may be practically non-existent. Aside from the backups and occasional optimization, it should be relatively easy for you to maintain your databases. As your site grows, however, managing large amounts of data can be taxing on the server and troublesome for the web administrator. Using a cloud service to host your database is one possible solution.
When a database grows to an unwieldy size, you always have the option of getting a new server and running your database on it, completely separate from your web server. But that is an additional expense and involves additional maintenance and security. By opting for a cloud data solution, you can get the security and maintenance you need at a fraction of the price.
One possible option for cloud database hosting is a generic cloud platform. These are essentially low-cost virtual servers that you can setup easily and only pay for what you use. The prime benefit is that the cloud provider will still maintain the server’s software, provide updates, and manage security for you.
Another possible option is to use a cloud service that is fully managed. In this scenario, all you have to do is provide the data. Everything else about the database is managed by the cloud provider. The main benefit here is that you do not have to worry about optimization or working with a database you might not fully understand.
Using cloud hosting for databases is not for everyone, especially if you prefer to get your hands dirty with full database management. For some, however, it is a great way to still get the benefits of a database driven dynamic web presence, without the hassle of database management.