Many have known that the cost server equipment, maintenance and manpower allocation are costly. Furthermore, with the rising cost of server maintenance, electrical cost, manpower cost. New technologies such as cloud computing were introduced to provide alternatives to new and existing companies. One of the cloud computing solutions, cloud database is one of them which propose to move high costly database to be maintain by specialize company. Hence, cost saving on maintenance, equipment, manpower and electricity are solved.
In this report, we will be discussing on the concept of cloud database, its advantages and disadvantages and security challenges that companies may face when using this new technology. In addition, looking into areas of different approaches from cloud providers who adapt cloud database and how to counter the security weakness.
2. Cloud Database
A cloud database is a database that has been constructed for a virtualized computing environment where it can be accessed by the users through internet from the cloud database service provider. It is also called Database as a Service (DBaaS). This form of cloud database is implemented using cloud computing which utilizes the software and hardware resources. Cloud computing has been growing at incredible pace in the IT industry around the world. Many companies have already either moved into cloud computing and accessing their data from cloud database or promoting products via using cloud database. In this way, cloud computing and database improve application performance and cost saving. [2, 5]
Nevertheless, cloud database security has always been a deterring factor. Such factor created a thick barrier for companies from implementing their database available in the cloud. In their shoe, these companies believe that cloud database implementation does not provide them the hold or even control over the physical security. As a result, these companies may not have assurance with the...