Data Layer Management: What speaks for outsourcing?

Data Layer Management: What speaks for outsourcing?

Companies need reliable operating environments to process large amounts of information on the data layer. Instaclustr, a managed service provider for open source technologies, gives the reasons for outsourcing.

The amount of data to be managed is increasing inexorably. As a result, companies need powerful data layer technologies. This raises the question of which operating environment the data layer management should take place in: outsourcing or in-house operation. Some companies – especially in heavily regulated industries such as the financial services sector or healthcare – rely on on-premises solutions because they need or want to host and manage all data internally. Managed platform models, which offer high scalability and flexibility as well as cost savings, are particularly suitable here. They can be used in the cloud, in hybrid or multi-cloud environments and also on-premises. A high level of security is guaranteed because with managed platforms, control of the data layer always remains with the company and not with the service provider.

For many companies, however, the complete outsourcing of data layer management is the optimal option, as it promises many advantages: from simple administration with user-friendly consoles for the provision and configuration of clusters to expert support.

Outsourcing is therefore becoming increasingly important with regard to the data layer, especially in the form of managed platform models. Key benefits include:

1. High reliability

Managed platform providers can almost always offer a higher level of reliability than is possible in-house. By combining management systems with integrated technology, mature processes and deep human expertise, managed services are able to meet strict service level agreements (SLAs) for availability and latency.

2. Ease of use

A managed platform provides customers with a toolset for simplified management of the data layer clusters. You can easily set up and disable clusters or change node types and sizes without having to change any code.

3. Low cost

The management of data layer technologies requires manpower and expert know-how – combined with corresponding personnel costs. Outsourcing can bring cost advantages to companies here. Above all, it must also be taken into account that an external provider automatically enters new patches or functional extensions into an environment, which significantly reduces the running costs for the administration of the data layer solutions.

4. Better use of internal resources

If a company doesn’t need to dedicate resources to managing the data tier, it can use those resources for other projects. Outsourcing gives individual employees more time to concentrate on higher-value tasks and innovations in their core business areas.

5. Continuous access to expert knowledge

With internal management, there is always the possibility that employees and experts will leave the company. This risk of a sudden lack of staff in an important area does not exist when data layer management is outsourced.

6. High scalability

Outsourcing data layer management offers a number of scalability benefits. First of all, they concern the provision. When a company initiates a new project, a simple cluster can be up and running in minutes. Outsourcing also facilitates the dynamic scaling of the infrastructure depending on the amount of data. With proven processes, highly automated or even self-service tools, a managed service can be much more easily scaled up or down as demand increases or decreases.

“With every IT decision, factors such as budget constraints, administrative effort, flexible customization options or the need for specialist knowledge play an important role. It also affects the selection and management of data layer technologies. It is important that a company not only considers the requirements of the current architecture, but also the long-term architecture needs in relation to industry trends,” explains Ralph Völter, VP Sales EMEA at Instaclustr. “In order to achieve maximum flexibility at minimum costs, companies are increasingly relying on outsourcing, specifically on managed platforms that offer high flexibility, scalability and security. If companies do not want to go down the path of complete outsourcing, they can also use managed platforms on-premises and thus benefit from the same advantages.”

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