A cloud database is a database service built and accessed through a cloud platform. In simple terms, cloud databases are databases hosted in the cloud vendor’s environment and you access the database anytime or every time through a web interface or vendor-provided API and with proper cloud authentication.
Cloud vendor those provide cloud databases, allow you to create your database within minutes with the configuration you choose and hence cloud databases are also referred as Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS). Cloud databases serve many of the same functions as a traditional database with the added flexibility of cloud computing.
Why cloud databases?
Cloud databases offers many advantages over traditional databases.
- Highly reliable and available. Most enterprise cloud storage providers store customer data in 3 or more physical copies to ensure availability and reliability.
- Scalable in capacity and performance. Most enterprise cloud storage providers have different performance tiers for different type of data.
- Pay-as-you go, billed on actual use.
- Geographic scalability. Most enterprise cloud storage vendors have datacenter locations around the world and customers can easily replicate their data for faster local access and/or even higher availability.
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