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Cloud Database Definition

Database management has undergone a transition from bulky hard drives to all on-cloud. Cloud based database management isn’t anything from the recent years, but has been around since the early days of the internet.  DBMS capabilities exercised over cloud is defined as ‘cloud database’ and is powered by cloud computers to facilitate data exchange. Computers offering Database-as-a-service enable the users to access data remotely without the need for a database at their end.  Service providers configure and maintain the database entirely, saving real estate and computational power at the users’ end. The service saves cost in terms of hardware and power consumption with the additional benefit of zero or limited physical infrastructure.

The service offers instantaneous scalability, catering to unexpected spikes in storage and on-site infrastructure. In addition, it facilitates stable and consistent performance of the remote server and the server provider’s guarantee of data safety and security. Many reliable service providers such as Amazon and Microsoft offer instant upgrades to the latest and greatest innovations in their cloud platforms. Cloud database allows companies to obtain cost-effectiveness and capability levels suitable to their requirement and facilitates the flexibility to adapt to the growing needs of the company. Preferences of cloud database includes: dedicated pluggable databases, virtualized databases, bare metal databases and databases running on engineered infrastructure.

Traditional cloud database platforms such as a MySQL or SQL Server database have recently undergone a transition to cloud. Other popular data storage platforms such as Xeround's MySQL utilize cloud resources to help enterprises achieve scalability, reliability, and stability. SQL databases offer high performances and scalability that ranges upto 10TB in storage, 25000 IOPS, and 208GB of RAM in a single iteration. However different the configurations cloud database platforms offer multiple benefits and offers a string of advantages over the traditional legacy mainframes. 

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