Cloud Database Growth

The growth of the cloud is exploding overall, with all of the major vendors showing growing lots of revenue growth. Not all of them are profitable, but they are growing. This shows that customers want to use the cloud, and more of them are migrating all the time.

I do think that databases are likely migrated less than many other services, though their use is increasing. Plenty of organizations would like to offload some of the overhead of owning and managing hardware, which may be one reason why the growth of IaaS in the cloud is one of the more popular options.

For those databases that are being used in the cloud, can you guess which ones have the fastest growing usage? Since this is a primarily a SQL Server-based site, you might guess Azure SQL Database, and you’d be close. It’s one of the fastest growing, edged out by PostgreSQL.  That’s one reason we’ve been publishing some PostgreSQL articles; it’s very popular and being used in many organizations that also have SQL Server.

While we know we can build cheaper systems on premises, and we can better control, or at least predict, performance, the cloud is attractive to many businesses. It’s not perfect, but it is an option that you should be able to knowledgeably talk about when someone brings it up. That means you need to learn a bit about how it works, the costs, the performance, and the differences with an on-premises system. The options change all the time, so don’t rely on your knowledge of the cloud from a few years ago or hearsay. Spend some time asking questions of people using the cloud today.

You also might consider using VMs if someone wants to migrate to the cloud, as the system will appear to be very similar to the way your on-premises instance runs. The hardware setup is different, and you need to learn about the differences in the hardware, especially how you connect disks and their performance. 

Knowledge is important, and for many of us, we are looked at as those with knowledge about these different platforms and technologies. That means we need to spend some time learning, and likely a bit practicing to understand the impact so that we can present a good argument about when it may or may not be appropriate to use a cloud database.

Steve Jones

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3 Responses to Cloud Database Growth

  1. My suggestion is to subscribe to Newsletters and RSS feed about Azure & SQL Server. So my daily routine is: e-mails, news & RSS feed, work.
    I note 1h of news & RSS feed per day and my manager is OK with that.
    And now let’s go to see what the hack Azure Edge is….

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  2. way0utwest says:

    You should give us a list of what newsletters and feeds you use, or put it on your blog. good for people to know what others are looking at.+

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  3. – Go to Microsoft Azure Blog (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/), scroll down and on the right side panel click on “Database”; the posts will now be filtered with the topic “database”. At the top of the right panel click “Subscribe” and you will generate the RSS feed regarding databases in Azure.
    You can now repeat the same action and subscribe to any other topic you are interested into like “Big Data” or “Data Warehouse”.

    – Go to Microsoft Azure Events (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/community/events/), once again filter the product and choose for example “Azure SQL”; now again click on Subscribe on the right panel and you will have created your customized RSS feed. Repeat the action for every topic you would like to follow.

    – Go to Azure SQL Devs’ Corner (https://devblogs.microsoft.com/); on the top menu go to main menu go to Data Development > Azure SQL , scroll at the very bottom on the page and you will see the RSS feed symbol; click on it and subscribe to the RSS feed. Repeat the same action for every topic you find interesting.

    – Go to Cloud Prospective (https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/), click on Microsoft SQL Server; now on the top menu at the very right there is an RSS feed symbol and click on Get Filtered RSS feed.

    – Do the same for the Tech Community (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/)

    – then follow this: https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Azure-SQL-for-Beginners
    – This: https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Data-Exposed

    – and go to Stack Overflow and dba.stackexchange.com and search in the main search bar stuff like [azure-sql-database] and at the bottom of the right side menu there is an RSS feed that is automatically created for that particular topic.

    …with the time you will understand what important for you and what are just garbage.

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