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The True Cost of a Cloud Database; A Framework To Help Guide Your Decision

Source: Cockroach Labs
Release Date: Apr 1, 2021

Before the dominance of the cloud, calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a database was relatively simple: software costs + hardware costs = database costs. Today, it’s a bit more complex. While the cloud has fundamentally changed how we consume and deploy software, it also adds complexity to our cost calculations. This guide offers a step-by-step, vendor-neutral rubric for how to evaluate the hard, soft and operational costs of a cloud database.

  • How to factor scale into database TCO
  • What the cost of database failure looks like
  • Hard vs. soft costs of a cloud database
  • The hidden costs of cloud databases, including compliance, vendor lock-in, and more
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