Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013. Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.
Contributed article by Ed Boyajian, CEO of EnterpriseDB
DBaaS Solutions and PostgreSQL will Steal the Cloud Database Spotlight
year will be the year when the DBaaS will become the new PaaS. To date, Platform-as-a-Service
(PaaS) has meant development and testing, a place for start-ups and solo
developers to easily and inexpensively develop their apps. PaaS solutions won't
disappear, but a new wave of PaaS solutions will evolve, and they'll be led by Databases-as-a-Service
(DBaaS). DBaaS, as a platform, will be an important driver for SMBs and
enterprise departments to start moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud.
Apps can remain in-house and pointed to the DBaaS' load balancing port in the
cloud. With the easy-to-use GUI console, adding nodes as well as cloning and
replicating becomes a cinch. This will open the doors to expanded IT migration
to the cloud.
The NoSQL Luster
Starts to Rub Off
scaling relational databases will become the dominant database deployment in the
cloud. NoSQL databases have their place in the market, but as a result of their
limitations, lack of standards and lack of tools, the majority of cloud-based
database deployments will be based on an evolution of the long-proven
relational model and not based on a complete database paradigm revolution.
addition, we'll start to see big companies become buddy-buddy with the
up-and-comers to bring flexible, high performance, low-cost Exadata
alternatives to the masses for both public and private clouds. Oracle has
proven with Exadata that there is a fast growing need for a converged platform
that integrates relational database technology with analytics and "big
data" capability, all optimized to perform well on a hardware platform.
This Cloud is Off
start to see private cloud use grow exponentially, with companies shifting
their focus from cost savings to the ease of provisioning and managing
workloads. With cloud frameworks such as Citrix's CloudPlatform and Eucalyptus,
we were able to see how private cloud enablement could help IT shops reduce costs
by truly offering 'services.' But what many companies realized is that the move
to private clouds won't come without cost. However, the ancillary benefit of
easy, safe and fast provisioning of those 'services' will be more beneficial to
us than just the cost savings.
Money, It's a Hit
of money, making money in the cloud will take priority over "cool"
technology as vendors start demanding ROI for their platforms. Watch as
platform providers begin to "follow the lead" of Amazon and
Microsoft's Azure with offerings designed to generate mainstream revenue, like relational databases. This is where
alternative mature, open source database technologies like PostgreSQL will become
a more dominant standard and a compelling alternative to Amazon RDS (MySQL) and
Windows Azure SQL Database (SQL Server).
the traction PostgreSQL has experienced this year, PostgreSQL is going to
become the ‘de facto' database in the cloud in 2013. With Oracle now owning
MySQL, it's only a matter of time before the voids in the MySQL community
become unworkable for users.
About the Author
Boyajian is president and CEO of EnterpriseDB, which provides
enterprise-class PostgreSQL products and services to help IT organizations
succeed with the world's most advanced open source database.