(The Hosting News) – Data is big business in the world of IT. How it is managed, stored and taken care of is of significant interest to all of those who work in the IT department of any company, and to those who work in IT provider roles within the industry. With the advancement of both virtualization and the cloud, how data is managed has taken on an even larger role, as companies struggle to understand how new technologies can help them store their data more efficiently, as well as why they must be careful about how much of their data is stored and where.
The integration of the term “cloud” into everyday business IT language has brought with it the concept of “as a service”. Thanks to the cloud’s always-on model as a part of the Internet at large and constantly up servers, providers have begun to offer almost every part of IT functionality as purchasable services, many of which were formerly viewed as the province of in-house IT. These include software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). Both SaaS and IaaS are rapidly gaining ground; the fact that PaaS is lagging behind has companies contemplate just how much of their proprietary platform choices they wish to give up.
A new option that has developed in the last two years is the concept of database as a service (DaaS), which allows companies to store their data on a provider’s server. While there is a great deal of interest in this service, companies must know what they are getting into before they make a switch.
The most common form of DaaS is on a Database VPS. This is often a more tightly-focused version of the cloud, in which data from a customer is stored on a virtual machine which is part of a larger physical server. If the data is stored truly in the cloud, it will be spread among multiple servers that have access to a single storage disk, and that can provide backup if there is a failure. When it comes to database storage, the most common concern among companies is knowing exactly where their data is going. While it will still be accessible to them from their local desktops, its physical home will no longer be in their offices, but in a server which could be located anywhere in the country or on the other side of the world. For some, this distance is too great to be borne, and using DaaS isn’t yet an option.
For others, the concern lies in security. A database VPS must have adequate controls and permissions in place to guarantee data privacy. Data can be a very valuable commodity, and can include things like intellectual property, patent information and proprietary program design. Administrators at a local level must have access to their own data, but admins from the provider must also have some access as well, in order to address any problems that may emerge if the server fails. This kind of hosted database option can allow a company to use the provider’s server as a backend to their own applications, and may run on MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Microsoft SQL VPS allowing for a broad array of data storage choices.
Once a reliable provider has been identified that can guarantee security, access and storage location, a database as a service option can be a great use of a Hosted VPS or Cloud VPS in allowing a company to free up local storage space and keep IT costs down.