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Future Database Technology in the Cloud Era on IaaS

Nowadays cloud computing is the trend, and since the cloud was first built from IaaS, database has become the most critical link to connect IaaS.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing based on automation and orchestration technologies to on-demand provision and manage virtualized infrastructure resources such as server, storage and network over a wide area network (WAN) to the consumer.

You can benefit from IaaS in different aspects.

  1. Business aspect: IaaS frees up human resources to let consumer focus on core businesses and content delivery, which is cost effective.
  2. Techinical aspect: IaaS allows consumer to adjust processing capacity by scaling the infrastructure resources vertically and horizontally in an automated manner according to the change of processing demand.
  3. Financial aspect: IaaS typically offers flexibility on financial model.

And now as the Cloud Computing tide strikes, the traditional database market is facing a situation of reshuffling. The rise of a group of new forces, including cloud databases, has shaken the monopoly of traditional databases, and the Cloud Native database led by cloud vendors pushes this change to the maximum.

As Jeff Bezos, the founder of AWS, said: "The real battle will be in databases". The cloud was first built from IaaS. Therefore, from virtual machines, storage, and networks, to popular intelligent applications nowadays (such as voice recognition, computer vision, and robotics), all are based on IaaS, and the database is the most critical link to connect IaaS with intelligent application SaaS. From data generation, to data storage, and to data consumption, databases are crucial at every step.

There are three architecture designs, if the Shared Storage architecture is implemented with Multiple-Write-Multiple-Read, instead of Single-Write-Multiple-Read, SharedEverything is actually implemented. The hybrid architecture that integrates the Shared Nothing and Shared Storage architecture should be an important breakthrough point in the future development of database systems.

Technically speaking, apart from architecture differences, some differences still exist in the Cloud Native era: Multi-Model, Database Intelligence + Automated Control Platform, Integrated Design of Software and Hardware and High Availability.

What's more, data security on the cloud is very important. The Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB team has also done a lot of work in data security. First, the data is encrypted when it is stored in the disk. In addition, the Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB supports BYOK. Users can bring their own keys to the cloud to implement disk encryption and transmission-level encryption. In the future, the Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB will implement full-process encryption during memory processing, and trusted verification of logs.

For detailed information about the Cloud Native database technology and trends, please go to Seizing the Opportunity in the New Cloud Native Battlefield.

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Dikky Ryan Pratama May 5, 2023 at 4:10 am

Thank you for sharing your expertise and experience in such a clear and concise way.