What is the future of the cloud database

Cloud computing

The cloud will become the preferred operating platform for databases in the coming years. According to Gartner, around three quarters of all databases will be deployed or migrated to cloud platforms by 2022. From the analysts' point of view, this trend is irreversible. Only five percent of these cloud databases are designed to be moved back to the local data center.

There are several reasons for the growing interest of database users in the cloud. More and more business applications are migrating to the IT cloud. This inevitably raises the question for companies as to whether the underlying databases could also run in the cloud. In addition, the increasing diversity of data and data sources requires more flexibility in data management, which is difficult to achieve in classic, rather rigid and monolithic database management systems (DBMS).

With a view to the growing requirements for analytics and the digital transformation of their business, many companies are also putting their conventional databases to the test. "Companies are developing and implementing new applications in the cloud and moving existing assets at high frequency. This will continue to increase," said Donald Feinberg, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. The analyst assumes that this development will begin with systems that affect data management for analytics solutions - such as data warehousing, data lakes and other use cases with data for analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). "Increasingly, operational systems are also migrating to the cloud, especially when converting to the SaaS application model," states Feinberg.

Atos and Google bring Oracle databases to the cloud

In fact, the cloud offering for databases is growing. At the beginning of July, Atos and Google announced a strategic partnership to pave the way for Oracle users to use the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google's data centers in Frankfurt am Main and Ashburn, Virginia, are to be equipped with high-performance "BullSequana S" servers from Atos specifically for the operation of Oracle databases. The partners promise that the systems are modular and highly scalable and can provide Oracle databases from the cloud comparatively easily and cost-effectively.

While Google should take care of a secure and efficient IT infrastructure, Atos wants to contribute its knowledge of cloud orchestration and management. Oracle customers should be able to obtain the database operation as a managed service from the Google Cloud.

"I am excited to expand our global partnership with Google Cloud," said Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos. Obviously, the joint offer had been worked on for some time. Breton referred to the "fruitful work" they had done together over the past year. "Running Oracle database workloads while using all of the capabilities of Google Cloud Platform is a priority for many customers," added Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. Oracle's database customers could also leverage AI and ML capabilities through Google Cloud to solve business challenges and drive innovation.

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The partnership between Google and Atos for the operation of Oracle databases is not without a certain piquancy. Kurian had been responsible for Oracle's product and cloud strategy for many years. Last year there was rumored to be a dispute with Oracle founder Larry Ellison about the future cloud course. Kurian is said to have advocated opening Oracle software more to the cloud infrastructure platforms of competitors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure and thus broadening the basis for one's own cloud business. Apparently Ellison didn't want to follow suit. Kurian turned his back on Oracle and joined Google at the beginning of the year.