What is a High Performance Database?

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.

Everyone with a background in IT already knows that memory is substantially faster than hard disk. Order of magnitude improvements when compared against disk-only databases are common. As an in-memory database, Altibase has enormous advantages in terms of throughput, latency and predictability when compared to its disk-resident peers. When your use case demands tens 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in the marketplace, legacy vendors are now racing to add in-memory features before their solutions become hopelessly outdated.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. Known as Altibase (Hybrid Database), this enables our product 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 enables a degree of flexibility that none of our 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.

CONCLUSION

  • Altibase’s in-memory capabilities allow for significantly higher throughput than disk resident databases (100,00+ transactions per second).
  • Altibase’s in-memory capabilities allow for 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.

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