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mLab 2018 Predictions: DBaaS Will Adapt as Enterprise Needs Expand

VMblog Predictions 2018

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

Contributed by Doug Tarr, VP Engineering at mLab

DBaaS Will Adapt as Enterprise Needs Expand

As 2018 approaches, it's a good time to reflect on how the Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) industry has grown over the past year and to think about what's ahead. Here are four predictions for the DBaaS industry in 2018:

  • Internet-of-Things (IoT) growth will drive enterprises toward NoSQL DBaaS options.
  • DBaaS adoption will increase as enterprises migrate on-prem databases to the cloud.
  • Startups will leverage DBaaS solutions from the get-go to prepare for hyper-growth scale.
  • Enterprise IT will turn to DBaaS to support their increasingly complex applications.

1. IoT growth will drive enterprises toward NoSQL DBaaS options.

Enterprises will continue to introduce new IoT devices which rely on data models that are variable. This is where NoSQL databases shine. With relational databases, dealing with variable data, time-series data, or performing schema migrations can be difficult.  Enterprises working in the IoT space will look to leverage the highly flexible data modeling available in NoSQL databases.

For IoT use-cases that involve ingesting large amounts of data, NoSQL's scale-out model makes it easier to maintain datasets that would be hard to manage with a relational database.

2. DBaaS adoption will increase as enterprises migrate on-prem databases to the cloud.

As more enterprises move their workloads to the public cloud, they will look to battle-tested DBaaS providers for best practices on compliance and security. Using a DBaaS provider allows teams to focus on product development and differentiation, instead of on operational details.

It's not easy to manage the database, a mission-critical component for most businesses. For example, how do you securely migrate a database with minimal downtime and ensure data durability? How do you configure a secure, highly available production database that complies with industry best practices? An experienced DBaaS provider will have experience helping customers incorporate best practices.

3. Startups will leverage DBaaS solutions from the get-go to prepare for hyper-growth scale.

For startups, the time between launch and significant user adoption is short. Stories of hyper-growth companies, like Lyft and Slack, are happening more frequently. Startups need to think about scale from the beginning, and make smart investments. While a startup can save some money by hosting their database internally, they will need to develop significant in-house database expertise as their database grows. Expect DBaaS to become the norm for ambitious startups debuting in 2018. DBaas providers such as mLab will continue to increase value-add services, making it easier to provision and deploy their infrastructure.

4. Enterprise IT will turn to DBaaS to support their increasingly complex applications.

While an application may start small, they will grow over time as engineers add more features and services. Each feature and service collects more data, and soon the application and database requirements will become complex. Enterprise IT will be challenged to keep up and ensure best practices for each component of their infrastructure. Specifically for the database, they will be tasked with handling huge amounts of data while ensuring high availability and great performance. With a DBaaS solution, IT teams can offload a difficult day-to-day responsibility to experts and instead focus on planning for the future.

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About the Author

doug tarr 

Doug Tarr is VP Engineering at mLab, a fully managed cloud database service providing automated provisioning, scaling, and management of MongoDB databases. An engineering and IT leader since 1995, Tarr is also an EdTech entrepreneur and the founder and director of MVCode, which teaches children to write code. From 2000 to 2013 he cofounded and held positions as Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Consumer Products / Chief Architect at PayScale, a compensation software provider serving thousands of businesses and features the world's largest database of salary profiles. He earned a BA degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:16 AM by David Marshall
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