A Day to Celebrate Cloud Databases
We’re celebrating the inaugural National Cloud Database Day today, June 1. Databases that run in the cloud represent an important building block to many industries and businesses — everything from transportation, package delivery, retail, all the way to banking.
What Is a Cloud Database?
Cloud databases make it easier for organizations to successfully meet the changing demands of consumers. The technology provides the scalability, performance, flexibility, efficiency and affordability that legacy databases and mainframes struggle to produce. Fully managed cloud databases:
- Are built to distributively scale, growing as needed within one or multiple data centers.
- Have low-latency input/output times so users can get stuff done quickly.
- Are agile enough to adapt to a variety of use cases and data models.
- Make efficient use of resources, including disk, memory and network.
- Are an affordable way for teams and organizations of any size to adopt.
Who Created This Day and Why?
One is to celebrate and recognize engineers, software teams, administrators, developers and anyone involved with the delivery of software that have adopted and relied on cloud databases to solve problems. Every person involved in delivering software deserves appreciation for their hard work, although hopefully cloud databases are easing their burden.
Two is to raise awareness — especially among those who have not yet embraced cloud databases — of the benefits and positive impact that cloud databases have had on the way software is built. Sometimes we take for granted the benefits of cloud databases that we enjoy every day. Whether it’s online shopping, coordinating health care, handling finances, connecting on social media, ordering food or streaming media and video games, everyone has likely benefited from the scale, flexibility and agility enabled by cloud databases. Discuss with your colleagues and coworkers the great things that you’ve built with the help of cloud databases. Maybe they’re just waiting to follow your lead!
And finally, it’s to recognize and appreciate the work of those pioneering individuals and organizations that build the cloud database software itself. Software stands on the shoulders of giants. Celebrate the incredible work and technology advances from vendors, hardware builders, engineers, early adopters, testers and project managers that have all enabled cloud databases to be such an effective tool.
How Should I Celebrate?
Social media is an easy way to celebrate: Use hashtags #CloudDBDay and #NationalCloudDatabaseDay to post about your projects and your involvement with cloud databases. Feel free to include the official graphic in your posts!
Write a blog post or article about your experiences using a cloud database: pros, cons and tips.
Show your appreciation for developers, architects, administrators and anyone else involved in the delivery of software with cloud databases. It can be as simple as sending a “thank you” email or Slack message, or buying them a coffee or beverage of their choice. You can also get more elaborate: Host a celebration and give awards or honors to the best champions of cloud databases in your organization.
Plan for Next Year
If you’re late to the party for the first National Cloud Database Day this year, that just means you have a head start for next year’s celebration. Make sure to plan accordingly to show your appreciation and recognition for database architects, developers and administrators that leverage cloud databases to improve the end-user experience with always-on and always-performant applications.
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