If you run a small business, you probably manage all kinds of data every day. Think about all the information compiled in your prospect inquiries, customer data, market research, operations, etc. And if your company has a website, think about all those client records and visitor information that you have to manage and store. Up until now, most companies have been content to store all this data on numerous databases located in the company’s server room… or closet. But as your business grows, so does the amount of data you create. And as more people in your organization have access to your data, managing it becomes a lot more difficult.

Storing multiple databases on-site is pretty expensive, not to mention risky. If you’re working with data that is subject to compliance, security is likely to be a big issue. Imagine what would happen if that sensitive information ended up in the wrong hands. And the more databases you have, the more likely something can break down. Do you have an IT expert on staff who can provide speedy technical support when you need it? What about the hardware running your databases? Is it powerful enough to process your queries as fast as you need it? Sooner or later, you’ll have to take a serious look at replacing your hardware. Do you have money in your budget for that?

 

But wait, what is Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), anyway?

Many SMBs have been turning to Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) to solve these kinds of problems. But, what exactly is DBaaS? In simple terms, it’s a method of storing and managing your data in the cloud that is simple to use and easy to update. You won’t have to devote hours of your time to install, maintain and monitor in-house databases. That’s the cloud provider’s job. Your cloud database can be deployed in just a few clicks and in the end, it will be a lot more secure than your current system. And your hardware? You can stop worrying about that too. You pay only for what you use so you don’t have to make big investments in new technology. Speaking of technology, there are a lot of advantages to having a strong infrastructure in the cloud. For one, it’s what powers the force behind your new DBaaS.

451 Research LLC, a market research firm based in New York, estimates that the market for cloud databases will generate $1.8 billion in 2016. That translates into a lot of companies that are adopting databases in the cloud.

The advantages of DBaaS

That’s fine, you might say, but will it work for my business? We think so and here are a few reasons why:

Security. If you’re running your databases on in-house servers, you have to think seriously about security. You’ll have to ensure that your database is up to date to keep it safe from digital threats. You also need to make sure your on-premises location is secure from any possible disaster that could interrupt services. This requires lot of work and resources that your business might not have. If you have a cloud solution, your provider handles security, which means you don’t have to worry about it.

Rapid provisioning. Need a new database in a hurry? No problem. You can scale your usage up or down whenever you need it. This can range from 10GB to 1000GB, depending on the provider.

Reduced cost. Instead of investing large amounts in technology, you pay as you go. You can even start with hourly pay-as-you-go options, depending on your cloud provider. You’re also free of the problems associated with providing new software for each user.

Performance. One of the common complaints we’ve heard is that databases just aren’t fast enough. Queries that should take a few minutes sometimes end up taking hours to process. And in some cases, the data isn’t even valid! Cloud-based databases can provide much better performance than traditional on-premises systems. This is because they can gather as many instances as required to complete the database processing as quickly as possible. There’s also the matter of uptime to consider! Most cloud providers have high availability configurations of 99.99% or higher, which is hard to achieve with an in-house solution.

Continuous monitoring and maintenance. Stop worrying about finding the right IT expert to deal with your database problems. The cloud provider has technical experts working around the clock to monitor and optimize your databases.

 

Manage and secure your data

There’s no way around it. If you want to target specific markets and keep your business growing, you have to learn how to manage your data. Having the right data management tool goes a long way in making your business stand out in the crowd. By using a Database-as-a-Service, you can do what you want with your data and keep it highly accessible and secure. It frees up your time and allows you to focus on what matters most: your business and your clients.

One of the key components to running a reliable DBaaS is having a strong cloud-based infrastructure. SherWeb’s cloud databases are among the best in the market because they run on our high-performing cloud servers. In a recent benchmark test, our Performance Cloud solutions led the pack when compared with services from Amazon and Microsoft Azure. Read this third-party performance report to find out more.

 

Written by Guillaume Boisvert Employee @ SherWeb

Guillaume, a SherWeb Product Manager, specializes in cloud and IaaS technologies. Instrumental in commercializing SherWeb’s public and private cloud, Guillaume is currently introducing further IaaS developments to the market. With 14 years of experience on B2B/B2C platforms, Guillaume’s degree is in CIS and has MBA training from McGill University.