Many hosting solutions providers offer database hosting services too. In this service, they provide a managed server that has been optimized to run a relational database. This type of service is mostly utilized by clients who use applications for running data or database-intensive applications like ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRMs (Customer Relation Management). These programs need more memory and clients go for database hosting to enhance their reliability.
The server in Database Hosting is unique in that it has the ability to store tons of information. It stores this information in tables, in the form of columns and rows. This optimizes the search facility and the user is able to find what they are looking for in just some minutes. In terms of appearance, it looks quite similar to Lotus 123 or MS Excel.
Hardware and software
Extremely specific hardware and software are required in this type of hosting since they have to support the database correctly. The database host has to ensure optimal performance and resiliency and so they take care to configure file layout, volumes, etc. properly.
A running database cannot be backed up by the regular procedures that most providers offer. In Database Hosting, the provider has a special process that ensures the perfect, recoverable backup of a running database. Any intrepid provider, such as Go4hosting, will plan a specific backup procedure based on your unique business requirements.
Some kinds of databases are Embedded database, Document-oriented database, Graph database, Hypertext database, Operational database, Flat-file database, Distributed database, etc.
There are three kinds of Database Management Systems (DBMSs):
1. Object-oriented DBMS
2. Relational aka network DBMS
3. Hierarchical DBMS
There are lots of software programs that are used for DBMSs, such as Maria DB, Oracle, SAP HANA, FoxPro, Sybase, Ingres, Simple DB, etc. However, the most commonly used MS SQL and MySQL.
The main advantage of Database Hosting is – as mentioned, a lot of information can be stored in it and that information can be retrieved from the RAM in seconds. This speed increases the application’s performance as well.
A downside of this type of a hosting solution is that it is quite similar to having a dedicated server in terms of maintenance and administration. It would require lots of technical skills for successful management. If you feel you do not have such skills in-house or don’t want to manage the associated hassles, you should go for a managed Database Hosting service where the provider will handle most or all the administrative tasks on your behalf.
A factor that plays an important role in going for this type of hosting is if you really require it. It is not for every business. For example, if you are in a small online business with certain ecommerce features and shopping carts, this hosting solution is definitely not a good choice for you since you would be able to manage pretty well with any hosting plan that would allow you access to several databases instead of an entire server.