Percona points to deeper DBaaS amidst cloud billing white noise

Open source database software and services company Percona is not your usual tech firm.

It’s annual developer, DBA, data architect convention is a relaxed affair with a no-frills (but rich in content) set of presentations and discussions for real users. No pop stars or animals are typically ever hurt during Percona keynotes.

This year running as a series of virtual events under the Percona Live ONLINE conference brand, the company’s  Open Source Data Management Software Survey for 2020 was tabled as part and parcel of the event smorgasbord on offer.

Percona claims to have found that companies using Database as a Service (DBaaS) increased to 45% of respondents compared to 40% the previous year. 

Billing white noise

Alongside this, the cost of cloud computing was flagged as a problem for many companies, with 22% of organisations facing additional unplanned costs from their cloud providers.

The Percona team suggests that architects are now the primary group in charge of making database deployment decisions. After architects its developers… suggesting that many developers are still responsible for their organisations’ technology choices.

Database growth is continuing apace and 82% of organisations saw their database footprint grow more than 5% per year. For 12% of organisations, the volume of data they held doubled or more in twelve months.

Alongside this, the cost of cloud computing was flagged as a problem for many companies, with 22% of organisations facing additional unplanned costs from their cloud providers. For many organisations, upgrading cloud instances was a common occurrence. Around 28% required two to three upgrades, while 21% had more than ten upgrades, equating to a potential doubling of costs, per instance. Conversely, only 12% of organisations made no changes to their instances.

“For many organisations, growth around cloud and data has increased more than they expected. Keeping control over your data and your costs will be essential for everyone over time – using open source databases is one of the best ways to achieve this. However, the popularity of DBaaS in this year’s results shows that many organizations are potentially unaware of all the issues that exist around cloud and lock-in. Combining Kubernetes and open source databases can help deliver the right mix of control, freedom, and flexibility when it comes to data,” said Peter Zaitsev, CEO at Percona.

As part of Percona Live, Percona announced several new products and services that expand its range of open source database offerings. Percona updated its Distribution for PostgreSQL using the latest version of PostgreSQL, version 13, with improved performance through more efficient use of indexes and sorting capabilities and reduced resource usage. 

Extension at the convention

Also included is a technical preview of a custom extension pg_stat_monitor written by Percona.

This extension gathers and aggregates query performance data, enabling better and faster query analysis. It can be used alone, but its capabilities are best used when combined with the latest release of Percona Monitoring and Management 2.11 enabling users to easily analyze their PostgreSQL queries.

The company also announced that Managed Services for PostgreSQL will be launching early next year and that the Percona Enterprise Platform Beta would be available for participation before the end of the year.

Image source: Percona

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