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Database Scalability a Fundamental Asset to a Growing Business

Years ago Microsoft introduced the Personal Storage File type. This new file format was used primarily for one of their business flagship products; Microsoft Outlook. In essence the ‘PST’ file format was just an end product database that offered speed and flexibility within the confines of a single personal computer. As years past hardware grew, software expanded, and end users enhanced their use of the ‘PST’ file to handle not only email but contacts, notes, and information pertaining to their businesses. Then one day it all came tumbling down.

The original ‘PST’ file format had a fatal flaw. It would not expand beyond a two gigabyte limit. Outlook would try and save or update a record to a swollen ‘PST’ file and it would become corrupt beyond usage. Microsoft had a tool for fixing corrupted ‘PST’ files called ‘scanpst’ but the majority of the time it would either truncate the entire file, or take so long to execute the user would simply shut the machine down. There was basically very little hope in recovering data from a ‘PST’ file that exceeded the two gigabyte limit.

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Times have changed however. Microsoft has removed the design flaw in the ‘PST’ database handler and allows for an almost infinite expansion size. It now offers file level scalability that will allow most businesses the flexibility to grow. It is important to note here that not only was the data lost but thousands upon thousands of man hours were spent in trying to recover lost data. Millions of dollars paid to data recovery companies trying to piece together a corrupted file. It was a fiscal nightmare that cost many people their job, and many businesses their livelihood.

Database scalability is key to the fundamental growth of any new or existing enterprise. It is the cornerstone which all businesses should try to adhere and that’s what the folks at NuoDB are doing. The question is now, what facility can be used in order to ensure that scalability in addition to flexibility become an integral part of a business’s day to day operation?

Cloud services are the next step to helping ensure that database design and implementation be as simple and transparent as possible. Through the simplicity of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS), it is virtually impossible to exceed the full service of options that will make your database design and service safe.

Azure for Windows offers a full cadre of tools that will not only allow for database scalability that has virtually no limitation but through the advent of virtual machine instances offers load handling at the network and hardware levels.

Amazon Web Services and their cloud offering gives a business a leg up on scalability with its Simple Storage Service (S3) as well as its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). These services are tried and true and are used to drive the well-known Amazon.com ecommerce enterprise.

Introduction of cloud services have made it a simple task to ensure scalability for all aspects of a business. A database designer in conjunction with the business owner can ensure through the use of cloud based services the backend grows with the business.

About The Author:
Tcat Houser is a network engineering expert and veteran. He began his technology career with the GE-225 Main frame in 1966. He is an author, blogger, trainer and columnist.

 

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