Cloud-based data services include the infrastructure or platforms hosted by third-party providers through the internet. They allow the flow of user data to providers’ systems and back. These services promote the development of cloud-native applications and work flexibility through the internet. Users need only computers, internet connectivity, and operating systems to access any type of information they need. An example of such a service is the applications or software used through the internet without the need for additional software downloads. Data is transferred and stored on the systems, where data maintenance, backing up, and management are done and availed to users. Users must pay some monthly rates for cloud services based on their consumption.
A database administrator (DBA) is a specialized individual responsible for directing and handling all forms of activities related to creating a successful database environment. This person ensures all databases for an organization run efficiently and solves all issues that may rise. The growing importance of cloud-based data services has taken over most of the roles played by DBAs in the past. Among the changes that have occurred include speeding up the flow of data and increasing access. The DBAs are freed from daily tasks, providing increased time for organizations to work with managers, leaders, and customers in the applications of data to solve business problems. However, the cloud services have not replaced DBAs fully as there is a need for database expertise and strategic data management. Instead, DBAs have had to update their knowledge with recent cloud technologies while enjoying decreased daily tasks. Cloud-based data services have also improved data security and provided large storage systems where massive data can be stored. As a result, DBAs have had to shift their focus towards improving cloud security systems to ensure no data leaks.