The True Cost of a Cloud Database

How to Calculate the Total Cost of Ownership for a Cloud Database.

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Before the dominance of the cloud, calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a database was relatively simple: software costs + hardware costs = database costs. Today, it’s a bit more complex. While the cloud has fundamentally changed how we consume and deploy software, it also adds complexity to our cost calculations. This guide offers a step-by-step, vendor-neutral rubric for how to evaluate the hard, soft and operational costs of a cloud database.

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About the Whitepaper

This comprehensive guide offers a step-by-step, vendor-neutral rubric for how to evaluate the total cost of a cloud database. Database expert and Cockroach Labs’ VP of Product Marketing Jim Walker walks through each line item in the rubric, and follows up with an in-depth template you can use in your own calculations.

Database performance and costs are a tricky concept. Many vendors will publish benchmarks and calculators that deliver a favorable position. However, very rarely are they an apples to apples comparison and many times these differences come down to some of the intangibles.