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3 Key Challenges in Adopting Cloud Database by Enterprises

Sachin Dabir I Founder & Director, Ashnik
USA, 1 Dec 2014

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The database market is poised for interesting developments. It looks like there is a big demand for cloud database. According to market research firm MarketsandMarkets study the cloud database market is expected to be $14.05 billions by 2019. This is not surprising given the adoption of cloud infrastructure by enterprises in various forms SAAS, PAAS etc. The journey of embracing cloud or cloud based infrastructure continues and it is moving in the direction of running business critical applications on the cloud. The next logical step is to move database also on the cloud for these serious applications.

Wide usages of AWS’s offering of Oracle, SQL server, MySQL and now PostgreSQL as its Database as a service offering is definitely a clear indicator of this shift. Developers and ISVs in particular have taken up these services in a big way.

However when we talk to enterprise customers we understand that there are many challenges in moving database to the cloud.

1. Internal policy : Most of the time lack of clear internal policies seem to be key reason of not moving database to the cloud. The managers are aware of the benefits and also know how to go about it, but many times, they are not aware if the company policy allows them to deploy even non-critical database to cloud. Though many organisations are creating the policies, they seem to tilt in favour of on-premise deployment.

2. Regulatory requirements : Industries like BFSI and Government departments need the data to be available within the geographical boundaries. In the initial years public cloud providers were the global companies who had their data centres located in limited locations but now they are located in many more locations. Also now many local companies are offering cloud services and have setup their data centres for addressing industry specific guidelines that help to accelerate adoption of business critical applications.

3. Integration with local applications : When we think of moving database to the cloud lot of things need to be addressed. Along with database, the application and actual data also needs to be moved to the cloud. Though many applications are now hosted on the third party datacenter, they are not deployed on a true cloud infrastructure model. When you want to move existing application and its database to the cloud moving/ uploading the existing data is a big challenge as well.

Fortunately these challenges are being addressed and clarity has emerged leading to faster adoption of cloud database by the enterprises. Though this is early times, we clearly see that cloud database adoption would accelerate in coming years. Key factors that would help to do it are :

a. Increased confidence in cloud infrastructure in general
b. Business units taking IT decisions for faster go-to-market
c. ‘Start small but ready for faster scale up’ is quite appealing to IT and businesses
d. Increasing support by wider enterprise applications providers.

Interesting times are ahead.

– Sachin Dabir I Founder & Director, Ashnik