Relational DataBase Service Overview

The CenturyLink Relational Database (DB) team is excited to announce the General Availability of Relational DB, a MySQL-compatible Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) product that has been in beta since August of 2015. This product complements the CenturyLink Cloud® portfolio and reiterates our commitment to cloud native applications by providing developers instant access to a high-performance, enterprise-hardened MySQL-compatible database instance built on the CenturyLink Cloud platform.

Designed for Enterprise and SMB customers, our Relational DB Service includes:

• Available in VA1, UC1 and IL1; global expansion throughout 2016

• Flexible provisioning options – choose any combination of CPU, RAM and storage within the platform limits

• Scale CPU, RAM, and storage independently of each other as your needs grow through self-service automation

• Daily backups with configurable backup time

• In data center replication option with auto-failover for high-availability

• SSL Certificate provided to encrypt connection and data in transit

• Access to REST APIs

• Built on enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure

Enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure is critical for database performance. The CenturyLink Platform out-performed other high profile competitors in an independent benchmark study by CloudHarmony. By leveraging this platform, Relational DB benefits from SSD storage which is local to the host. This maximizes storage performance and minimizes “noisy neighbor” problems when compared to a standard SAN. Additionally, the platform provides a minimum of 15,000 IOPs which will help drive lightning fast database query response times…and unlike some of our competitors, we don’t charge extra for those input-out (I/O) requests.

Where Does Relational DB Fit in the Portfolio of CenturyLink Database Services?

When CenturyLink acquired Orchestrate in April 2015, it first brought Database-as-a-Service to the CenturyLink Platform. This release rounds out our Database-as-a-Service portfolio, by adding a relational database option. Orchestrate’s NoSQL approach to backing stores provides familiar JSON object storage with built-in facilities graphs, geospatial queries, and time ordered data. Orchestrate does not provide transactions; however, so it is not a good fit for apps that rely on ACID semantics for transactional integrity. When you require a relational approach to backing your store, you have two options: Managed Relational Database or Relational DB.

Which brings us to how this product is different than the existing Managed MySQL product available on CenturyLink Cloud. Managed MySQL is for customers who require a MySQL database and want to outsource DBA support, or maybe have requirements to access the underlying compute and OS. The Relational DB is for customers who need a MySQL database, don’t want to worry about the underlying compute and are willing to perform some self-service administration of the database. There is a large cost difference as well. For Managed MySQL, the Enterprise Edition licensing and 24x7 access to MySQL-certified DBA staff drives up the price of the managed service to start around $550/month; whereas, customers can purchase a Relational DB instance for as little as $17/month for a 1vCPU, 1GB RAM, 1GB storage instance.

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What Does the Future Hold?

We are very excited for the release of Relational DB, and want to thank our beta users for their support and feedback. We have a team of Engineers dedicated to this product and we look forward to rolling out new features every 15-30 days.

Getting Started

For more information on our Relational DB and how it compares to CenturyLink’s other database products, you can visit our product page or our Knowledge Base articles.

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