Data Management as a Service (DMaaS) refers to a cloud-based remote monitoring service that clusters and analyses large sets of anonymised customer data to help a company anticipate failures and shortfalls, as well as to detect inefficiencies. Compared to other ‘as-a-service’ cloud models, DMaaS is easier to use, low-cost, and generally, a better cloud solution that gives IT professionals the ability to monitor their data centre infrastructure incrementally.
A survey commissioned by Intel disclosed that more and more IT directors in the US and UK see DMaaS as a better solution to increase visibility into their data center environment. Through the use of DMaaS, IT professionals will be better equipped with the insights necessary to reduce downtime and increase performance, nearly 50 percent of respondents in the survey believed so.
Although many IT professionals referred to DMaaS as a better cloud solution, their responses highlight the lack of knowledge about DMaaS and its potential benefits. Respondents also cited they lack knowledge on how DMaaS can strengthen a business’ data management strategy.
The potential benefits of using Data Management as a Service
According to the Intel survey, there are three major advantages of DMaaS that will likely transform the future cloud solution, including addressing cost savings, gaining 360-degree visibility, and merging the IT environment.
1. Addressing cost savings
Since DMaaS taps into an organisation’s current equipment and device data from each data centre and then anonymised it, companies are able to easily boost their strategy with a low-cost alternative – an alternative that will only require the creation of an account with the option of paid additional services. Along with its cost-saving benefit, DMaaS also provides good security and performance that integrates traditional data management with other IT workloads.
2. Gaining 360-degree visibility
DMaaS offers a comprehensive solution providing the necessary analytics to meet the needs of today’s fast-paced IT environment. It also allows flexibility to tolerate any customisation and supports varied processes enabling the faster rollout of new features. In short, DMaaS will simplify data management processes while providing real-time operational visibility with faster response time.
3. Merging IT environment
Data Management as a Service supports standardisation of data across IT environments which gives organisations easier access and analysis capabilities. Since a successful data management strategy does not only involve a data center but also encompasses different aspects from several divisions (such as DevOps team, cloud architecture team, IT teams, and facilities managers), this advantage is vital to an organisation’s cloud success.
In addition, the value of data is multiplied when the data is aggregated and analysed at scale. By applying algorithms to large datasets drawn from diverse types of data centers operating in different environmental conditions, DMaaS providers can predict when the equipment will fail and when the cooling threshold will be breached; this helps save time and cost of maintenance.
Does DMaaS have some limitations?
Even though DMaaS is seen as a better cloud service, it has a long way to go to reach its potential. The long-term goal of the service is to integrate physical data-center infrastructure management with many other services, such as IT workload management, energy management, connectivity, and business cost – and to achieve all these will take time, said Rhonda Ascierto, research director at 451 Research.
Ascierto further added that DMaaS does not yet match the breadth of capabilities available from traditional DCIM (data center infrastructure management). But over time, DMaaS will build up when other data and services, such as integrated workload management, energy management, customer relationship and business systems, weather, etc., are included in the system.
Choosing the most suitable DMaaS provider for your business
Data Management as a Service is evolving to include a more comprehensive set of services, Hence, this solution will likely be more appealing to help companies grow in the future. The only concern IT professionals should have in mind is choosing the right vendor to manage their data.
When it comes to choosing the most suitable and comprehensive DMaaS vendor, IT leaders should look for several key attributes such as follows:
- Choose a platform that supports data from various cloud services.
- Choose a platform that has the ability to subscribe to a variety of data management services, such as backup, disaster recovery, achieving files, etc.
- Choose a platform that provides a consistent and seamless experience over hybrid environments to manage data. Having a consistent and seamless experience allowing you to move and recover data to any location in on-premises, cloud, and edge environments.
- Choose a platform that is able to tap into advanced cloud services such as machine learning capabilities to detect malware or cyberattacks.
In addition to the above considerations, seamless DMaaS should have the flexibility to move data across hybrid environments while managing data in a centralised place. IT leaders should ensure they are choosing solutions that simplify operations, thus makes it easier for organisations to compete more effectively in their industry.