Database as a Service

by Eric H
This article talks about Database as a Service (DbaaS). Software as a service (SaaS) has become a popular trend in recent year; Saas shifts the cost of hardware and software initial cost and maintenance from the customer to the vendor. Saas is also for the vendors because it allows them to focus on development and maintenance on a sign platform. Database as a service is actually a part of the Software as a service idea.  Author listed out the requirements for a service to considered database as a service, it must be available on-demand and without any installation and configuration, pay as used basic with no long term contract. All maintenance is done by vendor, customers does not take part in maintenance (Bobrowski, 2008).

I find this article to be interesting, it talked about Software as a service, and this is something I keep hearing and reading about on TV and on many of those tech websites. Company like Microsoft is trying to turn many of their products from Retail off the shelf product to a pay-as-use model. I personally would like this type of software distribution to become main stream. The convenience would be that there are no more installations for software, I can just go on any pc/mac and I can log in and start using it. Database as a service is a part of the Software as a service idea, I think DbaaS is a great idea, especially for smaller business that want to use a true database instead of software like Excel, they do not have to pay for deployment cost, and the extra cost of maintenance.  It relates to this class is that it’s database, but it’s just different way in distributing or setting up a database. If DbaaS gets adopted by businesses, those students that wants to get in to database as a career should also start thinking about cloud also.


Bobrowski, S. (2008, May 19). What exactly is database as a service? [Web log message]. Retrieved from

3 thoughts on “Database as a Service”

  1. The very rapid and far-reaching development of technology is always exciting, but focus on consumers is sometimes lost. As your article shows however, it's customer service that forms the base upon which most organizations are forced to compete. Like you, I have also experienced this style of service that remains dependent of a dedicated install on the user's machine. I must admit – it is far more convenient than I initially gave it credit for. And for something being accessed as frequently as a database, it's a feature that cannot be understated.

    Good article, cheers.

  2. Thought this article was interesting as my recent article also talked about SaaS. I feel that more companies are starting to see a benefit in being able to offer this product line to their customers. If SaaS goes mainstream, this could ultimately be a benchmark for software development. For example, googleOS deals with utilizing the web but software such as eyeOS takes it to a whole other level by putting an entire OS directly into a users web browser.

  3. Database as a Service definitely is a convenience to the customer because they would not have to worry about any installation or maintenance done on the database. I do agree with you that this is a great idea for small businesses that want to store there data in a database other than Excel. But the only thing I question about DbaaS is of course data security because a Company is relying on a Vendor to manage there database with crucial information. Overall this was a great article and gave much insight on DbaaS.

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