Cloud adoption continues to boom – as companies seek to meet growing business demands, they are increasingly exploring the power of the cloud and are adopting cloud-based architectures. Today, cloud computing has become an integral part of the ‘digital revolution’ of businesses and it is estimated that cloud services spending will reach$160 billion by the end of this year. From mobile working to file back up and disaster recovery, cloud adoption offers a multitude of modernisation opportunities, including the opportunity to modernize legacy databases and migrate databases to the cloud. In fact, due to the advantages of moving to cloud-based database services, 63 per cent of database administrator surveyed for the 2017 IOUG Database Replication Survey, said they plan to migrate to the cloud within the next two to three years.
The advantages of moving databases to the cloud
It is true that a large portion of IT is moving to the cloud, but companies following suit are not just jumping on the bandwagon solely for the reason of following an IT trend. When it comes to moving databases to the cloud, what is propelling this movement are the key advantages that the cloud offers to organisations: lower costs, flexibility, reliability, and security.
 When adopting cloud computing, the first priority for the business is often the possibility of lower maintenance costs, and this holds true when it comes to database migration to the cloud. By migrating to the cloud, businesses are able to permanently eliminate a large proportion of capital expenses for hardware and software. Not only that, but the organisation will be free from the operating expenses of installing, maintaining, updating, patching, and retiring databases without the additional administration overhead.
Another benefit of working in the cloud is the flexibility it offers. For example, when managers want to stand up a development environment with a database,

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