Earlier this week I participated in a live webcast in which Tim Mooney from Oracle and Carl Olofson from IDC discussed customer experiences with
building public and private database clouds. The webcast is now available for on-demand viewing: Delivering Cloud through Database as a Service
The webcast focuses on how Database as a Service delivers these key cloud benefits:
- Greater IT efficiency
- Higher capital utilization
- Faster time to market
You may also be interested in the free e-book, Building a Database Cloud for Dummies.
And at this point I'll digress for a moment, as the title of the e-book reminds me of a question that arose during the webcast, and continues to cloud many of our discussions about Database as a Service: are you a consumer, or a provider?
To see the importance of understanding the consumer/provider point of view, consider the possible answers to this question: "How much will a typical DBaaS cost?"
If a consumer is asking the question, the answer will be "whatever the provider you use charges" -- and from there we can look at examples of what public cloud providers charge for DBaaS.
If a provider is asking the question, we have a much more detailed discussion which must cover the entire solution that will host the DBaaS environment, including software, hardware, people and processes.
So when asking questions about DBaaS, make sure to identify your role up front -- this helps discussions get to the point more quickly.
You might wonder, how did the e-book title lead to this digression? It's simple: the title does not indicate whether the dummies in question are those building the cloud, or are the future consumers of the cloud ... in any case, it's a nicely written book despite the ambiguous title. Enjoy !