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Before the dominance of the cloud, calculating the cost of a database was a pretty simple equation: software costs + hardware costs = database costs. If you chose an open source product, the software cost might melt away. While the cloud has fundamentally changed how we consume and deploy software, too many people are still using this outdated calculation.
The truth is, there are a lot more things to consider when pricing out the total cost of a database. The hardware and software costs are still there, but you also need to think about the price of scaling the database, of integrating with your existing and future systems, and of planned--or unplanned--downtime.
In this comprehensive guide, we'll lay out a framework for you to think about the true costs of a cloud database.