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What is DBaaS?

DBaaS (database as a service) is a cloud computing managed service that provides various database services without having to understand the underlying hardware, software, or database operations.

DBaaS providers host the database infrastructure and typically provide a web interface to add and query data, although they often also provide access to the data via standard tools or special APIs. These providers take care of scalability, resilience, restoration, security and maintenance. They often offer 24/7 support and geo-replication for availability and backups.

The benefits of DBaaS is that it’s simpler to deploy, and thus more immediate, and sometimes more cost effective. This can lead to faster and deployments for developers and businesses and provide greater agility to business operations. DBaaS can be an attractive option for small businesses and startups that do not own data centers or racks of computers.