While developers increasingly employ new “purpose-built” database management systems (DBMS), such as Cassandra, Couchbase, MongoDB, MySQL, and Redis that are often a better fit for a specific application, IT faces the challenges of managing all these systems. While the advent of private cloud technologies has helped dramatically improve enterprise IT’s responsiveness, this new, higher level of efficiency has not been fully realized for database management. Each database has its own unique functionality, configuration and management requirements. As a result, enterprise IT can find themselves spending an inordinate amount of time managing a diverse mix of SQL and NoSQL database technologies.

Database as a Service (DBaaS) is an emerging DBMS paradigm that delivers on the efficiency of the cloud and provides a scalable framework for managing disparate databases. DBaaS allows IT, developers and DevOps to administer a wide range of database technologies using a single, common management infrastructure. The result is that routine tasks like provisioning, and managing regular administrative tasks like clustering, replication, backup and restore are handled in a simple, unified way.

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