By Sharath Bhujani, Senior Principal Curriculum Product Manager: Database and Systems
If you are a part of the Information Technology tribe, then you know the new meaning of the word “Cloud” by now.
If you are an experienced Database Administrator (DBA), you might be wondering “how to become a Cloud DBA”.
This blog will try and answer some of the key questions you might have about this topic. After reading this post, you will be able to carve out a learning path for yourself and plan your journey to Oracle Cloud.
With more and more organizations moving to cloud, there has been a lot of debate about the future role of DBAs. As DBAs, it is best for us to debate this in a positive light, as cloud solutions can open up new possibilities.
If you don’t have to perform mundane tasks, you will have time to innovate and do more. Now is the opportunity for DBAs to evolve the role by moving from being data custodians to taking on strategic roles within organizations.
If you have been following the history of “computing,” you will have noticed its direct correlation with the evolution of database systems. Something that has remained unchanged since the beginning of database systems is the fact that we still store, sort, search, and seek data in order to derive information.
What is really changing is WHERE we store the data and HOW we access it.
Since I am a DBA at heart, I need to add this: what is also changing is the type and amount of data being stored - the Big Data. Hence, the easiest way to answer these lingering questions around “how to become a Cloud DBA” is to identify where we are, get clarity about where we need to be, and grab the opportunity.
Cloud is already a part of our life, however, what remains unchanged is the need for skilled DBAs. Databases will move to the cloud, but organizations will still need experienced DBAs to make those judgment calls and decide the best course of action for a given situation.
Oracle Cloud offers the best-in-class services designed specifically to:
Cloud services are offered across SaaS (Software as a Service), DaaS (Data as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a service).
Explore various cloud services offered across these areas. Pay specific attention to “Platform (PaaS) > Data Management” services, as DBAs needs to watch this space closely to stay on top of things.
The advantage of going to a Cloud service provider like Oracle is that users can leverage a familiar tool set and a intuitive user experience on a standardized and secure enterprise-grade cloud platform, built with the same software and architecture with which they are already familiar.
On Oracle Cloud, experienced DBAs can do what they have been doing with much ease using cloud tooling. DBAs can still find time to innovate and evolve their roles.
For instance, think about all the activities you would perform to install database software, create a database, and get it into an operational mode. More importantly, think about the time you would spend to get this done.
Now take a look at a similar scenario on Oracle Cloud.
When you log into your account and place a request for a Database Cloud Service instance, this is what Oracle Cloud does behind the screen before provisioning a fully functional database instance:
This is just one example that illustrates that cloud services are feature-rich and simplify tedious and time-consuming tasks.
With technology like AI and Autonomous Database at our disposal, Oracle Cloud has a lot to offer. DBAs can devote their time to other aspects of the cloud, such as data securing, auditing, compliance, governance, and transformation.
DBAs should play a key role in transforming organizations.
Speak to your management, business users and analysts to develop an understanding of their requirements and expectations about moving to the cloud.
Moving to the cloud requires a lot of planning - DBAs need to help organizations with considerations while choosing which applications to move to the cloud and what kind of workloads can move to the cloud.
DBAs should help formulate a migration strategy.
Now that we have identified where we are and where we need to be, let's take a look at how to get there.
Skills sets! You will need all the DBA skills you have acquired as well as some new cloud based skills. This is all it takes to become a Cloud DBA. Though you may find yourself in unfamiliar territory when you get started, you will feel very much at home once you complete this journey.
You can complete this journey by earning an Oracle Cloud certification.
Oracle University has specifically designed Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions to assist you with every aspect of this journey. Learning subscriptions are available for each technology area; the training in each subscription is updated with each product release.
Purchasing a subscription gives you access to digital training content that will empower you to become a skilled, certified and sought after cloud DBA.
Key activities you will perform + things you will learn when you subscribe:
Start by revisiting and refreshing your core DBA skills, if required, as this is your foundation. The stronger your foundation, the more you will thrive when you move to the cloud.
Gather all the database administration tricks, as you will need them, alongside an understanding of the new cloud tooling and cloud console. Get started transforming your role as a DBA.
Explore what Oracle Database 18c and Oracle Autonomous Database has in store for DBAs: