Improving the Performance and Value of the Database Cloud
A database cloud is a highly scalable, metered data storage service accessible to users through the internet. Deployed either in conjunction with particular cloud based applications (such as cloud CRM services) or as all-purpose data stores, database clouds are emerging as an increasingly important component in the extended information architectures utilized by today’s corporate enterprises.
As the worldwide leader in data connectivity technologies, Progress DataDirect provides software solutions that help both database cloud providers and database cloud users.
Better Performance and Efficiency for Database Cloud Providers
For providers of cloud data services, service delivery efficiency is key to profitability and sustainable success. For a given amount of your development and maintenance efforts, and a given amount of infrastructure investment, what level of data storage service can you deliver for customers? DataDirect’s market leading line of ODBC, JDBC, and ADO.NET drivers help SaaS and cloud computing providers get “more bang for the buck” in two key ways.
First, by using DataDirect’s open standards-based data connectivity solutions inside your database cloud, your applications can interoperate across any type of back end RDBMS. For example, with DataDirect drivers in place, the same CRM application can interface with Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, or MySQL, without need for any code changes. Over time this standards-based interoperability between applications and supporting databases can cut down dramatically on development, testing, and administration requirements, reducing the amount of technical labor that goes into delivering a given level of cloud service.
The second way that DataDirect technologies improve database cloud efficiency is by enabling a higher service performance level for a given amount of system resources. Benchmarking tests have demonstrated that DataDirect drivers consistently deliver faster response times and higher throughput than competing drivers, while consuming fewer CPU cycles and less memory. The superior resource utilization efficiency of DataDirect drivers is especially beneficial in the virtualized environments typical of database cloud deployments.
Better Usability and Value for Database Cloud Users
For enterprise customers of database cloud services, the emerging challenge is to integrate database cloud use with use of on-premise systems. In particular, enterprise applications may now require both cloud connectivity (to interface with cloud-based data sources) and connectivity to on-premise data storage systems.
DataDirect solves the on-premise/cloud interoperability problem with new generation drivers that provide ODBC or JDBC access to Salesforce cloud services as well as to the Force.com and Database.com clouds. Along with providing high performance standards-based access to these leading database cloud services, DataDirect drivers deliver built-in enterprise functionality such as connection pooling and SSL-based data encryption.