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November 18, 2020

Multi-Cloud Driving Database Monitoring Services

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The steady shift of databases to multiple clouds has created a niche market for SQL database monitoring tools used to track the performance of those enterprise platforms increasingly running in hybrid configurations.

Vendor surveys have shown the cloud database shift has evolved from standard hybrid deployments to expanded database access via multiple clouds. Microsoft Azure has been the primary beneficiary of the estimated 34.4 percent annual increase in public cloud spending, gaining15 percentage points over the last year.

The shift to Azure and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) represents nothing less than a “tipping point” for adoption of database management systems, market tracker IDC declared earlier this year.

Hence, database monitoring vendors have been rushing to this honey pot with new tools designed to help IT teams cope with inherent compliance and security issues. Among them is Redgate Software, which is promoting a new version of its SQL monitoring platform that supports Amazon RDS and Azure SQL Database from a single dashboard.

“It’s now common to have a mixture of on-premises servers as well those on cloud platforms like Azure SQL Database and Amazon RDS and EC2” elastic computing, said Jeremiah Peschka, leader of Redgate Software’s monitoring team.

“That’s going to become more and more complicated as multi-cloud adoption increases and home-grown database monitoring solutions won’t be able to keep up,” Peschka added.

The database management services vendor based in Cambridge, U.K., this week released an updated version of its SQL Monitor for tracking the performance of databases, servers and cloud instances hosted in-house or on multiple public clouds.

Redgate’s own research indicates that half of database managers it surveyed spend an average of two hours a day checking the health of distributed databases. Monitoring time increases to five hours daily for platforms of more than 500 instances.

The database shift to the cloud reflects the overall enterprise trend toward deployment of more enterprise services on public clouds. Databases are among the fastest growing, reflected in cloud surveys that found database leader Oracle gaining ground as a cloud host for enterprise data stores.

A recent cloud survey released by Flexera found that cloud adopters are using an average of 2.2 public clouds while experimenting with an additional 1.2.

As the cloud emerges as a default platform for databases, management services vendors such as Redgate can be expected to add tools designed to make life easier for DevOps teams coping with ongoing data compliance and security issues.

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