Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013. Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.
Contributed article by Razi Sharir, CEO of Xeround
Highly Available Virtualized SQL Comes to Life in 2013
As predicted, NoSQL did not come close to replacing MySQL
this year, and we saw really large vendors like Oracle and Microsoft push hard
to keep it that way.
SQL is here to stay, and that's a fact.
Even though we probably won't see a distributed database solution
reliant on cloud resources any time soon, there will be a stronger push for hosted
SQL solutions versus actual scalable and highly available virtualized SQL
solutions in the cloud in 2013.
So far, the large vendors have been extremely limited by
their own design in their SQL solutions, optimizing on single storage. Neither Oracle
nor Microsoft have been really able to to run their databases in virtualized or
cloud setups. In fact, SQL Azure is more of a hosted SQL rather than a real
scalable and highly available virtualized SQL for the cloud. Very few vendors
have been able to demonstrate real working solutions that provide a true
distributed cloud database-as-a-service.
Some vendors promote open source projects pretending to be
database-as-a-service such as "Red Dwarf" featured as part of Openstack. But
this is a basic attempt to address Amazon RDS like feature/function some of
these vendors would admit will be more of a basic entry level point to cloud
DBaaS. Recent release notes call for a market date of a
year down the road.
This leaves the door open for startup companies to continue
to solve this issue...
Putting everything into perspective, we'll likely see more
variations of Postgres in the cloud because it is a decent drop-in replacement
for Oracle. We will continue to see more MySQL and advanced versions in the
market. We also see start-ups developing variations of drop-in
replacement storage engines that cover up some of the problems.
Finally, looking at the last year, I believe Big Data will continue
to drive local private cloud adoption, and OLTP (on-line transaction
processing) use cases will continue to gain more adoption in the public as more
PaaS and Cloud IDE usage gains momentum.
About the Author
Razi, CEO of Xeround, the cloud database company
providing a truly available, scalable and elastic database-as-a-service, has
more than 20 years of management experience in product/solution development
from concept to release in various disciplines. Prior to joining Xeround, Razi
has led the strategic transition from traditional data centers to cloud
computing at BMC Software, the Incubator/Innovation Lab business unit, and has
held senior positions as VP of R&D at Commtouch Technology, Starhome, and
various roles at Microsoft.