It’s getting to be time for a little spring cleaning. With apologies to our southern hemisphere readers, those of us in the northern half of the world are beginning to emerge from winter with a fresh list to-do list. And at the top of more and more people’s list is an evaluation of alternative database technology that is being largely driven by the continued explosion in the volume of data that enterprises are being required to manage, the number of people that need access to the data, and the cost of delivering the data throughout the enterprise. Right at the center of this information management dilemma is the database engine itself.
Here at Calpont, we developed our vision of the future of analytical database technology several years ago and core to that vision was a scalable database platform built on column-oriented technology. Why column-oriented technology though? Because without it, the legacy row-oriented technology commonly deployed in many of today’s environments simply will not be able to scale to handle the volume and analysis of the data that is continually being exponentially generated. It was with this conviction in mind that we were excited to see IDC’s newly published report, IDC Finds That a Third Generation of Database Technology Along with Vendors Are Shaking Up the Market. In the summary of this report, you’ll see two notable trends that they’re predicting within the next five years:
- Most data warehouses will be stored in a columnar fashion.
- Most large-scale database servers will achieve horizontal scalability through clustering.
Bullseye! Those two statements above are the exact reason we built InfiniDB the way that we did; with column-oriented technology backed up with future-proof, scalable, MPP-enabled processing. So if you find information management strategy at the top of your to-do list this spring, take a moment to review what is currently at the core of your data management infrastructure. If you find some legacy row-oriented technology coupled with an ever expanding volume of data, it just may be time for you to say “out with the row, in with the new.”