DBaaS is an interesting term which started to gain popularity in late 2011 and early 2012 and has continued to reach new heights every year since but what is it?
You may have heard of several similar terms like IaaS, PaaS, SaaS which stand for Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service. DBaas is of this ilk, standing for Database as a Service. Instead of using your own infrastructure you pay a monthly service fee based on the number of databases you have hosted, their size and any advanced features you might need. No licensing fees to worry about as it has all of the benefits of a cloud based service.
The licensing costs of Enterprise SQL server can be substantial at approx. £6k per CORE and if you need those features for a fairly small database it can feel very expensive. DBaaS can help by reducing this cost to a monthly cost on a shared server where you are only paying for part of the total environment. This is a much more performance focused basis allowing you to pay only for what you are actually using rather than the entire cost of hardware and software as well as the resource to look after this environment.
Have you heard of DBaaS before? Is it an approach that you would consider either now or in the future?