Cloud Therapy at COLLABORATE 17 – IOUG Forum

    By: Michelle Malcher on Feb 28, 2017

    Cloud Therapy at COLLABORATE 17 – IOUG Forum

    Why should I worry about the cloud? What exactly is the cloud? Is that not what we have been doing on-premise in offering database services? How is the cloud going to change my role as a database administrator? These may be questions that you have asked yourself or have you worried. It is definitely time to consider how the cloud can play a role in the database environment.

    As a data technology professional, we are used to dealing with several sources of data, different platforms and numerous databases. But concern about going to the cloud is a part of our role with these database environments. This is another source of data, but the administration of the cloud environment is not a task of the database administrator. However, the database objects, security and connections are all important responsibilities. And let’s not forget about performance tuning. There are limitations of what configuration changes can be made, but queries and objects can be tuned to make this data source run efficiently.

    The cloud seems like a magical place, but migration to get there might have a difficult path. It depends on customization, how many configurations are being changed, and even maintenance windows. In viewing cloud services, there are patching cycles, regular configurations that are offered including resources. With these thoughts, beginning decisions need to be made to get to the cloud.

    The cloud environments are available from some major vendors, and a review of these providers is important. Cost analysis, database licenses, service level agreements, business continuity plans and levels of database access should be taken under consideration. The provider might offer a cloud on-premise option, such as the Oracle Cloud. The cloud machine is also managed just like the public cloud option but the machine is at a local database. This also includes an analysis of the databases that are more standardized to make a migration to the cloud easier at first. If there are databases without too many special configurations. and even databases that have been provided as a service, these are a place to start.

    At this point, there may be enough information to realize that it is not just a matter of moving data into the cloud, and that the database administrator has nothing more to do. The databases to move to the cloud, the configurations, and, especially, the security are critical responsibilities for the database administrator. There is still constant change and new environments that will be created or migrated over. The challenge is moving these systems into monitoring, auditing and object management. The good news it is a more centralized way of monitoring and configurations are consistent because of the cloud platform, which does help with these systems.

    There are beginning steps to consider before even getting to the cloud which include rolling out database as a service (DBaaS). DBaaS on-premise can be on the same hardware in the data center and create a consistent configuration to rollout. The level of service, such as availability, security, and sizing or resources are the choices that are selected to deploy the DBaaS environment. The cloud is then the next step, and also considered a DBaaS environment, with less focus on the infrastructure and more attention to the databases and objects in them.

    The exciting news is that there is much more to learn about the cloud and how to embrace its offering. This beginning information can be considered just a teaser of the in-depth information that is going to be available at COLLABORATE 17 – IOUG Forum. I will be speaking on Database Security in the Cloud and a full-day therapy session to embrace this opportunity of cloud migrations and the advantages that it provides. This will also look at other challenges for the database administrator and possible role changes that these systems provide. I hope to see you in Las Vegas, April 2-6, to talk more about what means to have the databases in the cloud and how to provide secure environments that might not be in the data center that you are accustomed to.

    Released: February 28, 2017, 8:44 am | Updated: June 2, 2017, 9:18 am
    Keywords: Department | cloud | COLLABORATE 17 | DBaaS | Michelle Malcher

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