The “Year of the Cloud” has come and gone. Now what? Our adoption has increased and we’ve realized some concrete bottom-line cost savings, but we would be fooling ourselves if we thought the hard work was behind us.
The database has been neglected in terms of tooling, mindshare and adoption in the cloud. As a result, our database administrators (DBAs) will be forced to support databases in the public cloud without a safety net. Today, we can easily deploy and update our applications in the cloud. Tomorrow, we are unprepared to do the same for our databases. In fact, due to the increases in efficiency we see on the development, test and system administration side, I’m petrified that DBAs will be held to a standard that is unfair and unattainable without some foundational work.
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