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SQL as a service (SQLaaS) is a database hosted in the cloud intended for developers. Like other solutions in the cloud such as storage solutions, developers can leverage the database capabilities of SQL as a service for their app development. SQL as a service uses a subscription-based model.
The main features of SQL as a service include:
From the perspective of an enterprise, SQL as a service offers an inexpensive and efficient alternative to in-house databases. Managing multiple databases in an organization requires substantial effort and investment. With SQL as a service, the enterprise needs only to buy subscriptions or contracts which can be renewed periodically. Cloud database solutions are generally much cheaper than traditional databases. The main problem this cloud offering has been able to address is the investment and long-term association organizations had to create by purchasing expensive database systems which were difficult to scale whenever required.