Avoid These 6 Challenges to Multicloud Database Management

Enterprises were already making the leap en masse to the cloud before the events of 2020. Since the pandemic, we’ve all watched as cloud adoption has grown significantly.

You, like many enterprise leaders right now, may be seriously considering moving your Oracle databases to the cloud as quickly as possible.

If you want the most optimized setup for your cloud databases, let’s take a moment to talk about multicloud database management.

What Is a Multicloud Database?

No longer must companies store databases on-premises in their own data centers and on their own servers. These days, enterprise I&O leaders have options.

Databases can be housed:

  • On-premises (still an option)
  • Both on-premises and on a cloud, such as Oracle Cloud (known as the hybrid model)
  • Both on-premises and on more than one cloud, such as on Oracle Cloud and AWS (known as the hybrid multicloud model)
  • On multiple clouds (known as the multicloud database model)

According to Gartner’s Cloud Study 2018 (P-18029 Cloud Adoption), more than 80% of respondents indicated they were using the multicloud for their cloud data management services.

This means the majority of surveyed business leaders were leveraging more than one cloud solution for their databases – and there are very good reasons for that.

Benefits of Multicloud Databases

In many cases, on-premises databases are still the gold standard for database management ease. Properly optimized and tuned on-premises databases are lightning-fast and deliver incredibly high reliability. As an added bonus, most Database Administrators know how to handle them, which makes it easier to hire good DBAs.

However, as we saw from the earlier Gartner statistics, multicloud databases appear to be taking the lead. This is because they’re extremely flexible.

Running your database in a hybrid multicloud environment (combining on-premises with more than one cloud) grants you the speed and performance of an on-premises database, combined with a range of cloud capabilities.

You already know about the general cloud benefits like scalability, so we won’t discuss those here. The benefits we’ll talk about are the ones you can gain by leveraging the unique properties in each cloud infrastructure.

For example:

  • Azure delivers more geographical regions than any other cloud infrastructure, and also leads the way for compliance with 90+ options.
  • Google Cloud Platform delivers unmatched analytics and machine learning capabilities.
  • Oracle Cloud brings one-of-a-kind self-driving autonomous capabilities to Oracle Database and provides enhanced performance for Oracle Database workloads.
  • AWS offers impressive storage and compute capabilities and leads the planet in enterprise cloud infrastructure tools and services.

6 Challenges to Multicloud Database Management

The benefits of multicloud databases are crystal clear, but there are challenges to multicloud database management.

Challenges include:

1. Complexity

Connecting one on-premises database to a third-party or custom solution is tricky enough, but connecting an on-premises database to multiple clouds is even more difficult.

Luckily, you can easily overcome this challenge when you work with the right multicloud consultant!

2. Data sovereignty and control

One of the beautiful aspects of cloud computing is that you don’t have to manage as much hardware. However, for certain enterprises, outside management and off-premises data transit can make it harder to ensure that your data is moving through compliant geographical regions.

Overcome this challenge by choosing a cloud platform with the appropriate geographical regions for your needs. A multicloud expert can help you determine this.

3. Compatibility

Each cloud has its own specific quirks, and not all apps are developed for all clouds. Testing and validating is crucial to ensure that your databases will operate seamlessly in a multicloud environment, but you need a fully compatible testing setup initially.

You can overcome this challenge when you work with a multicloud database expert that is experienced in multicloud testing and development.

4. Latency

Databases rely heavily on relational data, which can lead to surprising data gravity and data entanglement issues. (“Data gravity” refers to the amount of data you have residing in a single environment and “data entanglement” refers to the interconnections and dependencies specific datasets hold.)

Enterprises can overcome this challenge and reduce latency between interrelated datasets on different cloud platforms through careful planning and measurement conducted by a multicloud replatforming expert.

5. Data egress fees

The multicloud, naturally, relies on different clouds, yet cloud providers, naturally, want to keep you using a single cloud: their cloud. When your data leaves one cloud for another, you will most likely be charged for the resulting “data egress” fees, which can add up quickly.

Certain multicloud partnerships, like the Oracle/Azure multicloud, were built to seamlessly share data back and forth. Other data egress challenges can be overcome with careful planning and data measurement on the part of your consultant.  

6. Licensing and compliance issues

As you know, non-compliance is costly – and license non-compliance is no exception. In the past 12 months, Oracle has updated more than 397 pages of their rules and regulations and, as a result, 90% of Oracle customers are now non-compliant with the latest mandates.

An experienced Oracle multicloud expert can take an expert look into the details, helping you ensure that your systems are fully compliant with Oracle and cloud platform regulations.

Did you notice a pattern here? The way to overcome every one of these challenges in one fell swoop is to work with a well-known multicloud expert consultancy.

When you work with a multicloud expert that is also an award-winning Oracle partner, you’ll have the best of all worlds.

Work with Centroid to Set Up Your Multicloud Databases the Right Way

The multicloud experts at Centroid are not only highly sought after in the Oracle ecosystem, we are also one of the top cloud pioneers. We’re the team behind the largest Oracle IaaS/PaaS implementation in history and we were one of the first Oracle Cloud MSPs on the planet.

In addition, we’re also certified and experienced in migrating and supporting Oracle workloads on AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure, and we employ a team of top-notch Database Administrators (DBAs). In fact, the Centroid DBA team is a critical database partner to one of the largest global imaging companies, helping tune and optimize critical databases and step in with fast support when needed.


Learn more about your multicloud database management options with Centroid.


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