Microsoft’s hybrid cloud functionality will start turning heads. New investments in the Microsoft data platform’s cloud capabilities will help organizations bridge the gap between dedicated database servers on premises and DBaaS in the cloud. SQL Server 2016’s new Stretch Database capability, which seamlessly migrates historical data between SQL Server and Azure SQL Database and archives it transparently without having to change the way your applications query the data, is an exciting new feature to watch. All eyes will be on Oracle to see how they react and if Microsoft can capitalize quickly on their momentum by delivering the ease and flexibility they promised while building on early adopter goodwill.
Cheap storage will wreak havoc on security budgets. With inexpensive storage options and easy-to-use data mining and analytics tools at the ready, companies are holding on to more data for longer, which puts them in a position of greater exposure in the case of a security breach. More saved data, sensitive and protected data, increases the risks associated with SQL injection attacks. SQL injection—which involves the alteration of SQL statements that are used within a web application—is still one of the most common attacks on web assets, and one of the most complex to protect against. DBAs need to be vigilant about watching for application vulnerabilities and balancing the needs of those applications with the security and privacy needs of users. Bottom line, security comes first.