Cloud-hosted databases can offer great benefits for organizations in terms of high availability, flexibility, rapid provisioning, cost-effectiveness, and even security. You can subscribe to Database as a Service (DBaaS) from the major vendors, and a number of vendors are also offering compliance as a service.

However, it’s important to know exactly what you are getting. All of the vendors will tell you about the “shared responsibility” you have for securing your database and servers. What exactly does that mean when it comes to database compliance? Most organizations find that they need to comply with regualatory standards such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA, SOX, or the European Data Protection Directive. What do you need to know in order to comply with these as you move your database to the cloud?

We’ve done research on the offerings of the DBaaS and compliance-as-a-service vendors, and put together this article to outline what you can expect when purchasing these services, and specifically what you should watch out for. To date, we were unable to find any services that truly covered everything you need for compliance, and some things, such as setting up the permissions and authorizations, will always be in your own hands.

To find out all you need to know about your responsibility for creating a compliant database in the cloud, read this article today.