On 22 April, Alibaba Cloud released a new database product Database Autonomy Service (DAS). DAS is jointly developed by Alibaba Cloud and the Alibaba DAMO Academy (an Alibaba division dedicated to exploring the unknown through scientific and technological research and innovation). It provides comprehensive database management capabilities including self-awareness, auto-recovery, auto-optimization, and auto-safeguard. DAS enables enterprises to use databases without human interaction. It provides autopilot-like experience and reduces database management costs by 90%.
Migrating databases to the cloud has become an industry consensus. Gartner predicted that by 2023, 3/4th of the world's databases will be running on the cloud. However, managing cloud databases using conventional approaches requires significant manpower, and exceptions cannot be detected or handled in a timely manner. Therefore, enterprises are in dire need of management solutions tailored for cloud databases.
Alibaba Cloud Database Autonomy Service (DAS) is developed based on Alibaba's extensive experience in operating and maintaining (O&M) large-scale databases for over a decade. DAS integrates AI technologies developed by the DAMO Academy, enabling enterprises to manage databases in an autopilot mode. It provides comprehensive database management capabilities such as 24x7 exception detection, root cause analysis, fault recovery, fault tracking, and fault evaluation, to ensure continuous, stable, and efficient operation of databases. The research achievements in DAS have been recognized for two consecutive years by the Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) Conference, a premier forum in the database field.
Compared with conventional database management models, DAS has six unique features.
Alibaba Cloud DAS has been widely used in Alibaba's internal business scenarios. It has optimized more than 42 million SQL statements, reclaimed more than 4 PB of space, and served a large number of enterprises in industries such as e-commerce, finance, and gaming.
Take Douyu, a leading game live-streaming platform in China, as an example. Douyu has to process about one hundred billion service calls daily. Its database cluster has more than 1,000 databases. Conventional database management solutions cannot cope with such a large scale of database traffic.
"When migrating Douyu's services to the cloud, DAS helped us achieve unified database management in on-premises and cloud environments," said Ding Tieqiu, Director of Douyu's Infrastructure Department. "The intelligent diagnosis and autonomy services provided by DAS have improved the cost-effectiveness of activities such as routine operations, major promotions, and important events; lowered the thresholds for database protection; and given us a clear picture of the global operation status during activities. It also reduces the O&M costs of our database cluster. This allows us to invest more in business innovation and to provide better gaming and entertainment experience for our users."
"DAS shall usher in an 'autopilot' era of databases to make them more intelligent, stable, secure, and cost-efficient. It helps users focus on business innovation, and 'push' enterprises to the fast lane of business development," said Li Guangsheng, a senior expert from Alibaba Cloud, "Within the next three years, 'autopilot' will be enabled for 80% of databases in the cloud."
Multiple research achievements made by the DAS team in cooperation with the DAMO Academy have been recognized by international academia:
As the world's third and Asia's largest cloud service provider, Alibaba Cloud has a comprehensive database product portfolio. Currently, over 400,000 database instances are running on Alibaba Cloud, including those of leading enterprises in various industries such as retail, finance, e-government, telecommunications, manufacturing, and logistics.
Ready to give it a try? Visit Database Autonomy Service (DAS) to learn more!
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