Cloud database

What is a Cloud database?

Cloud database refers to a scalable and flexible data storage and administration solution accessible over the Internet. It facilitates remote access and automatic backups and ensures high availability. Cloud databases can operate in various environments, including public cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises setups.

Relational databases use SQL to efficiently maintain and query data relationships in organized tables with preset schemas.

Non-relational databases store data as key-value pairs, documents, or graphs. Large-scale and real-time applications benefit from its horizontal scaling and unstructured data processing.

  • Cloud database works
  • Cloud database types
  • Benefits of migrating to a cloud database
  • HPE cloud database solutions
Cloud database works

How a cloud database works

Cloud databases are hosted and maintained by a cloud service provider instead of a local server or on-premises architecture. Cloud databases often function as follows:

  • Deployment: To deploy, choose a cloud provider offering database services. Relational or nosql databases are then deployed on the cloud platform. The provider ensures reliable performance, scalability, and security for the database.
  • Infrastructure management: Cloud database providers manage servers, storage, networking, and maintenance. No need to buy hardware or manage actual servers.
  • Scalability: Cloud databases offer scalability. You can quickly scale database resources to your needs. High availability and performance can require more CPU, RAM, storage, or data replication across numerous servers.
  • Data storage: The cloud provider stores your data in data centers across many locations for redundancy and disaster recovery. Cloud providers replicate and back up data to ensure data availability.
  • Access control and security: Cloud databases secure your data with strong security. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest, user permissions are managed via access control, and industry standards and laws are followed.
  • Developer APIs and tools: Cloud databases offer APIs and tools for programmatic database interaction. These APIs let you query, insert, update, and delete application data. Cloud databases can collaborate with other cloud services, data analytics, monitoring, and management applications.
  • Monitoring and management: Cloud providers offer tools to monitor database performance, health, and use. Configure alarms for predetermined thresholds, automate routine maintenance and monitor performance indicators to maximize database performance.
Cloud database types

What are the types of cloud database?

Cloud databases have several kinds for different requirements and use cases:

  • SQL databases: Relational data models work well with SQL databases because they store and retrieve data structuredly.
  • NoSQL databases:  NoSQL databases can handle unstructured, semi-structured, and structured data. Because of their flexibility and scalability, they support several data types.
  • NewSQL databases: NewSQL databases combine NoSQL scalability with SQL's ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) features. They specialize in high-performance transactions.
  • Document databases: Document Databases store data in flexible, JSON-like documents, making them suitable for applications with dynamic schemas and sophisticated data structures.
  • Key-value stores- KVSs are essential databases that store data as key-value pairs. They perform well in caching and high-throughput activities.
  • Columnar databases: Analytical workloads and data warehousing benefit from columnar databases' columnar data storage.
  • Graph databases: Social networks, recommendation engines, and fraud detection use graph databases to store and query linked data.

Each cloud database has pros and cons, depending on data format, scalability, performance, and application.

Benefits of migrating to a cloud database

What are the benefits of migrating to a cloud database?

Cloud databases have several advantages over traditional on-site databases. With a cloud database, organizations can accommodate rising data management needs without increasing infrastructure. They can also manipulate the data quickly—efficiently dividing, delivering, and moving their data closer to their users. The following benefits also make cloud databases a powerful solution.

Traffic Speed: Massive networks of mobile users and remote devices create huge volumes of engagement and application data. This can make scaling and availability management difficult and time consuming for a traditional database, as traditional databases require updates to run through a central “master” database. By forcing all activity through this bottleneck, performance suffers and can even stop if the connection to the master database becomes compromised.

Easy Access: Like any other asset on the cloud, users can access the database from anywhere, at any time, using any device. This simple connectivity sends data queries more efficiently than traditional LAN access, which requires a limited number of options.

Elasticity: When the volume of data rises quickly, a cloud database can expand capacity on an as-needed basis. This kind of scalability is not possible in a traditional database, which requires monitoring and adjustments to be made by an internal staff member.

Recovery: No matter the disruption—weather, equipment failure, power outage—cloud databases back up hosted information through remote servers. This keeps the information secure and available as soon as users regain Internet access.

Reach: Cloud databases can manage your data and send requests anywhere in the world without deploying dependent middleware. A hybrid cloud-based database essentially collects, replicates, delivers, and pushes your data to the edge without any user intervention. Moreover, the hybrid cloud database can connect applications directly to your database.

Security: With a cloud database, you gain a more secure environment for your data because the cloud servers are in heavily guarded warehouses offsite, isolated from both internal and external users. Additionally, the data itself is encrypted, making it more difficult for criminals to hack.

HPE cloud database solutions

HPE cloud database solutions

HPE GreenLake provides a variety of cloud database options for varied business needs:

  • Database HPE GreenLake with EDB Postgres: HPE GreenLake's pay-per-use cloud architecture with EDB Postgres' power and durability create a scalable, cost-effective database platform for contemporary applications.
  • HPE Alletra Storage: HPE Alletra Storage integrates with HPE GreenLake to provide dependable data storage and administration for cloud-based databases.
  • HPE GreenLake for Block Storage: HPE's superior block storage technology on a consumption-based architecture optimizes cloud database workload performance and cost.
  • HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric: This unified data management technology lets enterprises easily build and manage cloud-native databases. It has sophisticated data governance, security, and multi-cloud compatibility.

HPE cloud database solutions enable enterprises to use cloud computing while maintaining data infrastructure agility, scalability, and dependability.

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