If it seems like all the technologies that used to be on-premise are moving to managed services, that’s because managed cloud services provide numerous advantages over self-managed deployments.

Some benefits of managed services are:

  • Best for cloud deployments
  • Operated by dedicated experts
  • Cut management overhead to nearly zero
  • Make it easy to meet changing demands

Databases are no different (and in fact, arguably very well-suited to the managed services model), and in today’s marketplace, whatever database you’re used to working with, there’s likely a managed version of it available. This piece will explain what managed databases are, and how you can benefit.

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What is a managed database?

A managed database is one that the end-user (or developer) accesses, manages, and pays for through a third-party cloud service provider. A managed database can be one central data store, or distributed over a cluster of database instances for high availability, big data storage requirements, or regional distribution. In general, managed databases provide intuitive user interfaces to database management tasks of all sorts.

  • Creating new database clusters
  • Scaling or right-sizing database infrastructure to meet demands
  • Monitoring uptime and tuning query performance
  • Navigating and inspecting data
  • Provisioning and managing database access
  • Configuring backups and restoring data

What is a fully managed database?

A fully managed database is one that provides more than simple database hosting: it includes intelligent features such as automatic performance tuning, customizable alerts, and easy integrations with other systems (like business intelligence, visualization, etc.).

Benefits of a managed database

Managed databases make creating, optimizing, and scaling your application much simpler. They save your development team time, allow internal experts to focus on more critical tasks, and only charge you for what you actually use–and much more (depending on the specific service you use).

  • High-availability distributed data access
  • Multi-cloud, multi-region capabilities
  • Zero-downtime upgrades and patches
  • Push-button configuration changes
  • State of the art security practices
  • Integrated regulatory compliance mechanisms
  • Online backup and disaster recovery
  • Fast startup for new projects

If you’re already running a self-managed cloud database, or operating your own database on-premise, fully managed cloud database, services can make a huge difference in your productivity.

Managed database services

Managed database services transform the static database server you’re used to using into a dynamic, on-demand resource for application development. While even the original on-premise database providers like Oracle, MySQL, and SQLServer are all available in managed form, modern databases like MongoDB that prioritize horizontal scalability become dramatically simpler to operate in fully-managed form.

We all want our databases to be secure, reliable, scalable, and high-performing. Historically maintaining those characteristics has been no simple task. It takes time for even the most skilled administrators to manage growing databases–everything from making sure the right hardware is being used, to keeping up with new versions and patches, to monitoring uptime, and tuning performance. In the world of cloud infrastructure, the managed database is the beating heart of every mission-critical system.

With the advent of managed databases, development teams can trust experts to keep their databases running smoothly, and focus on building differentiated features and other concrete business value. The odds are that a dedicated team of experts, like those at managed database providers, are going to stay further ahead on upgrades, patches, monitoring systems, and security best practices than any of us can do on our own.

Common Questions on Managed Databases

Why does quality database management matter?

The difference between having a well-managed database and not can be the difference between sleeping well at night, and lying awake worrying about whether your application or service will stay up the next time a spike in load, an ill-timed deploy, or an unpatched security vulnerability could bring you offline.

What are some potential impacts of a poorly managed database?

  • Inability to quickly adapt to changes in traffic patterns
  • Slow application response time to user interaction, resulting in a poor user experience for the end-user
  • Potential undiscovered security threats that could lead to data breaches
  • Outdated database software
  • Unnecessary amounts of scheduled (and worse, unscheduled) downtime
  • Slow time to get new applications and features to market (competitive disadvantage)

Don’t wait. Start your next application with a fully managed cloud database today.

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