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Catalyst Cloud launches first NZ Managed Database Service

Catalyst Cloud has launched a Managed Database Service, the first of its kind on New Zealand soil.

According to Catalyst Cloud chief growth officer, Igor Portugal, the fully managed API driven database lets IT administrators focus on their applications, saving them time on the day-to-day administration of their databases. 

"The Managed Database, aka Database as a Service (DBaaS), market is one of the fastest growing cloud services worldwide, with speed to deploy being a major driver," says Portugal.

"Where the time to self-provision a relational database can take weeks, with Catalyst Cloud’s Managed Database Service, IT administrators can choose a database version, the compute instance size and get everything up and running in less than a minute," he says. 

"The service is fully automated ensuring compatibility over the life cycle of applications. The user-friendly web dashboard and simple API calls make it easy to customise, back-up and restore. Database replicas can be created to scale out, increasing resiliency and availability. And with Catalyst Cloud’s pay as you go pricing, you only pay for what you use."

The Managed Database service is built to support a variety of open source database engines, with MySQL 5.7 available at launch and PostgreSQL to follow. Support for further database engines, both SQL and NoSQL based, will be made available in the future.  The managed database service uses engines that are commonly supported by a wide variety of software applications, and are not proprietary to Catalyst Cloud.

“With Catalyst Cloud’s fully automated database infrastructure, developers can be free to focus on delivering what really matters for their business," Portugal says.

"Our Managed Database Service also gives Kiwi businesses the opportunity to keep all their data safely in New Zealand, and not just their backups”.

Catalyst Cloud has three data centres regions in New Zealand, enabling customers to minimise risk and increase business resiliency through the use of these geographically diverse regions.

In line with its strong commitment to business ethics and social responsibility, Catalyst Cloud has made all the code they developed to create their Managed Database Service open source to benefit organisations here and worldwide.

“We’re extremely proud to be part of the global open source cloud computing movement,” says Portugal. 

“We strongly believe that open standards and open competition are beneficial for everyone. Customers should stay with cloud computing providers because they are happy with their services, not because they are locked in.”

Developers and IT administrators are welcome to start using the Managed Database Service while in Tech Preview. “We’d love for developers to come and have a play and let us know what they think," says Portugal. 

“With $300 of free cloud services on signup, they can create and customise a database in minutes and test out how it all works at no cost.”