Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New databases in the cloud

Nothing really new in this new post from the Database Column.

As a summary if you don't want to dig into it:


Recent DBMS innovations make this a reality today, and the best cloud DBMS architectures will include:

  1. Shared-nothing, massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture.

  2. Automatic high availability.

  3. Ultra-high performance.

  4. Aggressive compression.

  5. Standards-based connectivity.

In summary, cloud databases with the architectural characteristics described above will be able to not just run in the cloud, but thrive there by:

  • "Scaling out," as the cloud itself does

  • Running fast without high-end or custom hardware

  • Providing high availability in a fluid computing environment

  • Minimizing data storage, transfer, and CPU utilization (to keep cloud computing fees low)

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