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Here's How You Can Choose The Right Database For Your Business! (Part 2)

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Acceptance of open source databases

Acceptance of open source is increasing in all fields and this is also true for open source databases. Government legislation is also pushing the usage of open source technologies. Rai of EnterpriseDB asserts, “Because of the fact that database technologies have existed for a long time, they seem to offer a lot of functionalities. Open source databases are as good as any other commercial alternative. What may prevent their adoption is lack of awareness. IT managers may not have the confidence to say that open source databases can actually fulfill their needs completely.”

But things are changing gradually; economic conditions are pushing IT managers to find alternatives to the traditional commercial licensing models and go for options where they have to pay only for support. This is why open source databases are being viewed as even more attractive.

How to Choose The Right Database For Your Business

How to Choose The Right Database For Your Business

Comfort also comes from having references from other organizations that have successfully deployed open source databases. For MySQL, there are many such successful implementations in India and all over the world. What additionally inspires confidence is the amount of help you can get for your implementation. This includes both the help from the open source forums as well as professional help.

Managing open source databases is easy

Once you are able to choose the right database for your business, the next challenge is to manage it. Rai says, “If IT managers want to bet on open source databases, there is no risk to it. All they need to do is to manage them. Even if you have not used an open source database before, you can transfer your skills quickly. Open source databases like PostgreSQL are not a challenge, so one can use them effectively from Day 1 itself. It’s just a change of mindset that has to happen. Many companies and government organizations have already started doing that”.

Open source databases like PostgreSQL are not a challenge, so one can use them effectively

Open source databases like PostgreSQL are not a challenge, so one can use them effectively

Latest trends in the world of database

The latest trends are towards Big Data, the cloud, NoSQL, high availability, adapting to the multi-core microprocessor architectures and solid state devices (SSDs).

Let’s look at each of these in detail.

Big Data: A lot of data is being automatically generated by devices, i.e., data about traffic, climate, user activity on the Web, etc. This data is huge and increasing by the second. As individual nuggets of information, the data has not much value, but once aggregated, it is a goldmine. Climate patterns, traffic flow patterns and social connectivity patterns can be mined. Big Data needs special handling for collection and processing.

The cloud: More and more businesses want to avoid investing in their own infrastructure. They want to use a publicly available service that can be expanded and reduced based on the fluctuating demands.

NoSQL: Applications providers want to have more flexibility with the underlying structures that contain their data. Users are demanding a database for which they do not have to initially create a fixed structure. As the application matures, application developers want to have the flexibility to change the structure of the underlying database. NoSQL is a trend which allows this flexibility.

NoSQL: Applications providers want to have more flexibility with the underlying structures that contain their data

NoSQL: Applications providers want to have more flexibility with the underlying structures that contain their data

High availability: Data is growing and the world is shrinking. The data therefore is getting more and more distributed. The data generators and data consumers are spread across a wide geography. This now requires databases to manage the distribution of the data. The data should also be resilient to underlying failures of hardware and software.

Multi-core processors: Processor technology is moving to multiple cores. Where erstwhile processors concentrated on the speed, contemporary microprocessors have multiple cores which can process data in parallel. Newer software architectures need to exploit the ability of computing in parallel.

Solid state devices: The era of hard disks seems to be passing. All kinds of rotating disks like CDs and DVDs have given way to pen drives and SD cards. These solid state memory devices have vastly different speeds for reading and writing, compared to the rotating hard disks. The optimizations required for a solid state device differ greatly from a hard disk.

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