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Is the Cloud Right for Your Database?

Published: 06 February 2015

ID: G00271253

Analyst(s): Rick Greenwald


Organizations are exploring cloud computing as an option for database deployment. This paper provides data architects with an assessment of the suitability of the cloud for traditional relational database deployments, as well as assessing the different cloud levels as options for those deployments.

Table Of Contents


  • Assessing Cost Savings in the Cloud
  • Architectural Implications of Cloud Environments
    • Bandwidth Implications
    • Stateless Implications
    • Assessing Cloud Availability
  • Differences Between Cloud Levels and Their Impacts
    • Origins of Cloud Levels
    • Available Cloud Levels for Cloud Databases
    • Characteristics of Cloud Levels for Cloud Databases
    • Maintenance Savings
    • Summarizing Cloud Level Differences
  • Strengths
    • Ease of Acquisition
    • Ease of Scalability
    • Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • Weaknesses
    • Network Latency and Bandwidth
    • Configuration Flexibility
    • Relative Benefit for Rapid Provisioning
    • Silos
    • Governance Avoidance


The Details

  • Stateless Communications and Data Integrity
  • Building on Cloud Platforms

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