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Instaclustr 2018 Predictions: DBaaS Going Beyond the Database

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Ben Bromhead, CTO, Instaclustr

DBaaS Going Beyond the Database

2017 has really seen increased adoption of DBaaS strategies and implementation across industries, as more businesses discover that they can achieve the database availability, scalability, and performance they require while concentrating technical resources more acutely on product development. In the coming year, expect hosted and managed database services to be further fleshed out to include a greater breadth of technical capabilities and features to match ever-evolving business needs.

More specifically, here's what the industry should expect to see in 2018:

1. Look for DBaaS services to go beyond the database and begin including integrated data layer components.

Expect DBaaS providers to expand their solution packages at a more rapid pace in 2018, identifying and meeting key customer needs adjacent to their current offerings. This will likely include managed services providing other components of the data layer that interact with the database - such as integrated data software and related infrastructure.

At the same time, I think the coming year will also see DBaaS providers develop and offer technology stacks designed to serve specialized use cases. For instance, businesses developing IoT applications will be able to rely on their DBaaS to deliver the specifically appropriate database clusters, architecture, infrastructure, security, etc most relevant to that sector. For our own part, we plan to add a managed solution for Apache Kafka to Instaclustr's offerings in 2018, which will allow us to meet a recognized customer need for more efficient processing of streaming data (provided as-a-service).

2. 2018 will see DBaaS enabling customers to more automatically and dynamically scale clusters up and down to deal with varying demand. 

Businesses with a DBaaS strategy already have the ability to spin up developer nodes in minutes with all the needed software, infrastructure, and configurations in place - a feat which could take days of work plus vigilant maintenance to accomplish internally. DBaaS also makes it simple to spin up and spin down servers of every type and size, in order to rapidly test different infrastructure components during development. But this coming year, look for DBaaS providers to add to this flexibility by allowing businesses to scale clusters dynamically as demand dictates, reducing operational pain and providing a greater value while deftly handling any sudden fluctuations that test the database's scalability.

3. DBaaS solutions will move even closer to 100% uptime in 2018, thanks to more advanced automation, predictive fault-finding, and continuous health checking.

The maturing DBaaS market is improving capabilities to deliver automation, optimal configurations, and continual monitoring of data layer infrastructure. These capabilities are really now reaching a level where the system health of this infrastructure will virtually never be in doubt, and the constant activities of the maintenance systems that make this true will be invisible to the customer.

4. Open source will increasingly be preferred over proprietary technologies. 

I predict the trend line in favor of DBaaS built around open source technologies will continue to grow. Enterprises are increasingly needing to avoid the risks associated with proprietary technologies such as vendor and technology lock-in, and are more and more realizing open source's advantages in retaining control over their own code and improved security. Expect data-related open source solutions to flourish in the coming year. For the last few years I've been talking to companies about their multi-cloud strategy, from both vendor lock-in and systemic risk management perspectives. For a lot of them, the immediate goal really has to be simply adopting the cloud - but now, strategic thinking in this space has matured and enterprises have clearly identified the need to choose technologies that work across all cloud providers.


About the Author

Ben Bromhead 

Ben Bromhead is CTO at Instaclustr, a provider of enterprise-grade, hosted and fully managed Apache Cassandra open source data infrastructure in the cloud. Prior to Instaclustr (which he co-founded), Ben had been working as an independent consultant developing NoSQL solutions for enterprises. He is based out of Instaclustr's Silicon Valley office.

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:02 AM by David Marshall
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