Nutanix Senior Vice President & Head of APJ Matt Young discusses how DBaaS unlocks data mobility across clouds and shares how it helped Indian bank RBL simplify backup processes and accelerate responses to customer needs.
By Matt Young
Like much of the world, Singapore has seen a significant advancement in technology use over the past year. But while we can almost see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, technology trends show no signs of slowing.
The Singapore Government recently announced its plans to harness science and technology to build a more resilient, sustainable, and digital Singapore; identifying AI, cybersecurity, quantum, trust technologies, and 5G as key drivers and dedicating an estimated SGD 25 billion to the cause.
The government is thinking big: looking at creating a federated learning AI ecosystem to enable collaboration and knowledge sharing, and using blockchain technologies to provide assurance of the supply and provenance of vital goods including food and medicine, among other initiatives
The business opportunities presented by emerging technologies are tremendous. At the center of all of these is an explosive growth of data. As organisations adapt to Singapore’s digital future, the tools they need to survive are likewise evolving.
The data opportunity and challenge
Use of emerging technologies is creating a wealth of detailed customer data which, if harnessed correctly, will be vital to businesses looking to keep pace with changing consumer behaviours and market demands.
The key phrase here is “if harnessed correctly” – as seen in the case of Indian bank, RBL. However, many organisations still rely on legacy databases, sometimes decades old, which are poorly suited to modern workflows. These commercial databases may offer high performance and advanced availability features but are expensive and complex to operate.
To harness the value of their data, organisations must provide rapid, performant, secure access to the researchers, scientists, developers, and other end consumers of the data. Traditional IT operations combined with the complexity of legacy databases makes this nearly impossible, drastically reducing time to value and productivity.
Increasingly, businesses are moving to cloud-based database solutions to complement or replace their legacy systems. In fact, APAC is expected to experience the highest growth in demand for cloud databases of any region between now and 2025, with demand being driven by the massive growth of data through channels like smartphones and IoT devices. However, cloud-native databases present their own challenges, such as application integration, security, and data sovereignty.
To manage the shift to cloud, many organisations are turning to hybrid and multicloud strategies that allow them to work across their legacy IT infrastructure, private cloud, and one or more public clouds. Defining the right cloud strategy can give organisations a competitive edge by enhancing flexibility, simplifying IT management and optimising costs; and recent Nutanix research found that 86 percent of IT decision makers consider hybrid their ideal operating model.
However, the move to hybrid and multicloud necessitates managing multiple and often siloed databases, and many organisations have yet to find the right multicloud database management solution that eliminates operational duplication while unlocking the value in their data.
Riding the growing data wave
A hybrid cloud architecture is an ideal place to start to deliver new capabilities and modernise existing IT, but to truly benefit from evolving technologies and maintain a competitive advantage, organisations need to reduce inefficiencies and enable rapid scalability. Enter Database-as-a-Service, DBaaS.
DBaaS refers to software and/or services that enables users to set up, operate, and scale databases without the need for setting up physical hardware, installing software, or configuring for performance. All of the administrative tasks and maintenance are taken care of by the service provider. The most advanced DBaaS platforms also integrate lifecycle management as well as copy data management, further reducing operational overhead while increasing agility.
Most organisations have complex, multi-vendor database estates, usually both on-premises and in one or more clouds. Choosing a cloud-agnostic DBaaS solution which supports multiple database engines can simplify database operations and promote agility by eliminating the need to separately configure and tune each of the resources, regardless of where they run individually.
Evolving database management
A great example of a successful push to simplify database management can be found at RBL. The bank found that its application and database administrators (DBAs) were continually playing catch-up in terms of maintenance tasks and new services requests. Furthermore, the DBAs regularly took clones of the databases, with each taking up to one terabyte of storage—a significant addition to the company’s IT costs, and a time consuming, repetitive task.
By simplifying its database management, RBL’s team gained the ability to provision, manage, refresh, and restore the bank’s many databases in a single click. Additionally, the bank was able to significantly simplify the backup process, resulting in far greater ease of use, speed and cost efficiency.
Importantly, thanks to greater automation, scalability and reliability, the bank was better able to take advantage of business opportunities and respond to customers’ needs at speed.
The accelerating shift to a digital first, mobile first, ubiquitously connected world presents amazing opportunities. As enterprises seek to capitalise on these shifts, hybrid and multicloud offerings from providers like Nutanix will be the architecture of choice to deliver the flexibility, security, and performance required to meet business needs. By embracing DBaaS across clouds, organisations can unlock the data mobility, agility and scalability necessary to survive and thrive in the current business climate, and be ready for what’s next to come.
(Ed. Featured image by Photographer Ketut Subiyanto.)