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Cloudspend part 2: Optimizing database usage

In this second blog of a series of three, Gerard Zuidweg, co-owner of OptimaData, discusses optimizing database usage to effectively reduce and control cloud costs. As companies migrate their IT environments to the cloud, cloud expenses can become an ever-increasing expense. Gerard shares six practical tips that will help organizations optimize their cloud costs from a database perspective and even potentially improve application and service performance at the same time.

Gerard Zuidweg

Managing Partner
Gerard Zuidweg - Managing Partner

1. Downsize your database

One of the most important cost factors in database management is the size of your database. The larger the database, the more storage it consumes, resulting in higher storage costs. To reduce the size of your database, you can employ techniques such as compression, archiving and partitioning. By compressing data, you reduce the amount of storage space needed for database storage.

Archiving lets you move data you rarely use to lower-cost storage options, such as Amazon Glacier or Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Partitioning lets you split your database into smaller, more manageable parts, allowing you to steer toward less expensive storage.

2. Optimize your database usage

Scaling and load balancing are essential methods for optimizing database utilization and lowering cloud costs. Scaling allows you to adjust the number of database instances based on the workload, so you only pay for the resources you really need. Load balancing distributes the workload across multiple instances, reducing your risk of downtime and ensuring your database is running efficiently.

3. Reduce the number of database requests

Caching and query optimization are techniques that can help reduce the number of requests to the database, reducing resource requirements and possibly lowering costs. Caching stores frequently used data in memory, reducing the number of requests to the database. Query optimization improves query performance. Smarter queries can reduce the amount of data returned to the database and also reduce the need for more expensive resources.

4. Opt for cloud-native database services

Cloud-native database services are designed to be more cost-effective and some even scale automatically as needed, requiring less manual intervention. Examples of cloud-native database services include Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL. These services offer automatic scaling, automatic backups and automatic patching.

5. Establish a data retention policy

Finally, a clear data retention policy can reduce the overall size of your database, thereby lowering storage costs. By removing unnecessary data, you can reduce the size of your database and reduce the number of resources needed to store it.

6. Use cost optimization tools

Many cloud providers offer cost optimization tools that allow you to identify opportunities to optimize database utilization and reduce costs. For example, Amazon offers the Amazon RDS Performance Insights tool, which provides real-time performance statistics, and Google offers the Cloud SQL Insights tool, which provides detailed database performance statistics.

In Brief

All-in all, reducing and managing cloudspend using database technology requires a combination of techniques, including database size optimization, scaling and load balancing, caching and query optimization, cloud-native database services, automation tools, data retention policies and cost optimization tools. With – a combination of – these techniques, you can optimize your database utilization, reduce cloud costs while improving the performance and reliability of your applications and services.

Want to know more?

In the last blog of the series, I’ll zoom in further on how to keep cloudspend under control. Already curious about how we can help you manage cloud costs and how exactly that works? Take a look at our Cloudspend consultancy services or feel free to contact us! We are happy to think along with you.