DBA’s move to Cloud

by Garcello D
My final blog is called “Database Administrators prepare to move to the Cloud,” it was written by Maxwell Cooter from techworld.com and was written about a year ago. The article starts of stating how cloud computing is supposed to transform the use of databases within enterprises. According to a survey on Database trends more than a third of the database professionals think that cloud computing is to have the biggest transformational effect on database technology.   Seventy three percent of the individuals that took the Survey voted up for cloud, meaning they believe that moving to cloud would have the most effect on their lives. The results of the survey also stated that production database performance was nominated as the biggest factor that kept staff awake at night with 43 percent placing that as the top of their list.

Scott Walz who is the Senior Director of product management for Embarcadero Stated “One goal is to move some of the tasks that the DBA is normally responsible for (patch management, storage optimization, etc) to the cloud and, by default, to the cloud vendor.” He believes that it’s a DBA’s goal to have fewer database related issues and emergencies, with the cloud some of these can be easier managed and or removed as a whole.  Furthermore 43% of professionals complained about not having enough time to accomplish their tasks while another 40% stated that poor planning was the challenge they faced. Walz also stated that the move to cloud may seem attractive to DBA’s but there are also some problems with it like for example customers will have to give up control of their own databases which some may not want to do and since it will be on the cloud the moment they can’t connect to the database they will instantly call their DBA. In conclusion the article states that cloud databases will change the way companies develop their tools, by which he means if for example a company moved their database to the cloud, it would be very important to them to have a tool that would seamlessly connect both to the local instance of the database and the cloud instance.

I chose to do my blog on this article this week because it talked about database administration as well as the cloud, But most importantly it relates something we talked about in the book to what is going on today in the database technology field, I figured this would be a helpful article to any student that is thinking about becoming a database administrator.

Cooter, Maxwell. (Dec 14, 2010) Database Administrators prepare to move to the cloud.

Retrieved from: http://www.pcworld.com/article/213654/database_administrators_prepare_to_move_to_the_cloud.html

5 thoughts on “DBA’s move to Cloud

  • December 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm
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    I can see why database administers are interested in going to cloud service as it’ll save money on resources and maintenance. Instead of constantly backing up and keeping maintenance on your servers, you can hire another company to do it for you, and it’ll save on energy costs as there’s no servers to maintain. I wonder how secure the cloud service’s security is though.

  • December 2, 2012 at 12:37 am
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    Interesting article. Having a career in technology was never easy, we have to keep ourselves up-to-date with the new technology and implement them as we learn. I think because of that, people usually don’t caught up with their plan because it takes time to learn.

  • December 2, 2012 at 11:56 am
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    There are definitely pros and cons to both options, backing up to the cloud as you said can take a lot of stress off of a DBA and allow him to focus on other issues; however it can also cause a great deal of stress if the transition is not handles properly. In the long run if everything is done properly I believe that there can be time and cost savings involved for the companies that do switch to the cloud.

  • December 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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    This is a great post! I personally am an advocate of cloud computing, and am glad to see that industry professionals are heading more and more in that direction. There is still some hesitation due to security and occasionally issues from the legal department, however I am sure as this becomes improved this will not be as big a problem.

  • December 3, 2012 at 12:04 am
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    Can you imagine how much money all of those big corporation could be saving if they all switch to cloud computing. Cloud computing is data efficient as well as cost efficient. Moreover, I think it is important that these company properly connect the logical data they have stored to their cloud database. One small mistake can mean a big problem.

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