I've written a lot about NoSQL before, but one thing I haven't addressed is how the major cloud providers have found it indispensable to their platforms. Amazon Web Services (AWS) started with SimpleDB and graduated to DynamoDB. Microsoft started out with Azure Table Storage and then upped the ante with DocumentDB. Google has Cloud BigTable (based on its own foundational in-house NoSQL database). IBM acquired and offers Cloudant.
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NoSQL, no serviceMeanwhile, the two big open source NoSQL vendors are MongoDB and DataStax (who offers the leading distribution of Apache Cassandra) and their products have either been implemented on-premises or offered in the cloud through third parties. Then two weeks ago, MongoDB announced its Atlas managed cloud service, leaving DataStax the odd one out.
Today though, DataStax is announcing that it has acquired open source software cloud provider DataScale, enabling it to offer its DataStax Enterprise (DSE) product as a managed service, to be called DataStax Managed Cloud. While the exact packaging and pricing have not been finalized, the service will initially be available on AWS, with support for other cloud vendors to come.
Bring your own cloudCustomers will need to have their own AWS account, but DataStax intends to make it pretty easy after that, essential requiring the customer to specify its cloud account credentials and nothing else. From there, the DataScale technology will take over, provisioning AWS virtual machines, deploying the software and then actively managing the cluster after deployment is complete.
Through professional services, DataStax will also be able to help customers migrate DSE implementations between a customer's premises and the cloud, or even between clouds, once the platform supports clouds other than AWS. Private cloud deployments will be supported as well.
This is a good buy for DataStax. NoSQL database are quickly becoming associated with managed database services, and customers in some industries are starting to use such services as their baseline.