What is a High Performance Database?

  • Altibase’s in-memory capabilities provide significantly higher throughput than disk resident databases (100,000+ transactions per second).
  • Altibase’s in-memory capabilities provide low and predictable response times (microsecond scale).
  • Altibase’s hybrid architecture allows for utilization of memory tables for high performance and disk tables for economical storage.
  • Altibase’s hybrid architecture allows for maximum utilization of a server’s resources, thereby reducing TCO.

Altibase is an enterprise grade, high performance and relational DBMS. But, what exactly does high performance mean?

In today’s rapidly changing IT environment, businesses must keep on top of technology trends in order to gain or retain competitive advantages. One of the most promising new trends in IT today is the utilization of in-memory capabilities.

As a pioneer in the in-memory database space, Altibase has enormous advantages in terms of throughput, latency and predictability when compared to its disk-resident peers.

Everyone with a background in IT already knows that memory is substantially faster than hard disk. An order of magnitude improvement when compared against disk-only databases is common. When your use case demands hundreds of thousands of transactions per second with response rates measured in microseconds, in-memory databases are the only answer. In fact, there are many documented cases of over 10x improvements readily available online.

However, in-memory databases were not the preferred solution until fairly recently due to the high cost and lower storage capacity of RAM. Thankfully, Moore’s law eventually changed all that. Servers with multiple terabytes of memory are now available on the market at reasonable prices, allowing enterprises to enjoy blistering performance without breaking the bank. Understanding this change in the marketplace, legacy vendors are now racing to add in-memory features before their solutions become hopelessly outdated.

But a recurring problem is that not every aspect of a business application requires high performance. Is the low total storage capacity of an in-memory database worth the investment if only a few specific tables require very high throughput?

Altibase got around that with one simple solution by combining in-memory and disk storage into a single database product. As a result, Altibase has enabled its customers to reap the benefits of both storage mediums while obfuscating their corresponding weaknesses. 

Need more speed? Store the data in memory and enjoy order of magnitude performance benefits. Have huge amounts of rarely accessed historical data? Store the data on disk and enjoy the cheap and economical storage scalability of traditional hard disks. Through this unique hybrid architecture, Altibase provides a degree of flexibility that none of its competitors can match. This is real world high performance. And it is a large part of the reason why Altibase is now among a few DBMS providers in the world with the highest customer satisfaction and retention rates.

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