451 Research’s Jason Stamper Says ClustrixDB Ticks All the Boxes


When it comes to enterprise data, few voices are as respected as Jason Stamper of 451 Research, who has been commenting on the space for more than 2 decades, and whose work essentially identified “NewSQL” as a category. So it’s no light thing that ClustrixDB was recently featured in a 451 report by Stamper titled Cloud database firm Clustrix adds in-memory processing for 300% performance boost, which highlighted ClustrixDB 8.0’s tripling of performance for in-memory bulk data ingest, in-memory streaming application processing, and high-volume aggregate processing.

Adding 3x performance to scale-out capabilities is ‘No mean feat’

According to Stamper, these improvements are “no mean feat for a database that could already automatically scale out across nodes in a cluster.” This is very much in line with what we’ve been saying all along. The ability to scale out by adding nodes while maintaining ACID compliance is unique among relational database solutions, and the report provides validation that the improvements in ClustrixDB 8.0 meet growing industry demand for a database that excels along multiple performance dimensions.

Companies that rely on OLTP applications are being hit with a double whammy–they need to scale out much further, and they also need much faster data throughput. So our guiding principle in designing version 8.0 was to provide a solution that excelled in both of these areas, and we’re gratified that 451 Research has confirmed the value in our approach.

What’s not to like about ClustrixDB? Not much, says Stamper

In the report, Stamper takes a deep dive into the specs of the database that powers such high traffic/high concurrency sites as MakeMyTrip and Rakuten. Some of the capabilities that he highlighted include:

  • The ability to store data in memory or on disk without separate coding needs
  • Ability to easily deploy in any cloud and scale across additional nodes (one node added with one click), which he suggests is why “ClustrixDB is proving to be popular with companies deploying web applications, where scalability requirements can change quickly and latency issues can cause customers to abandon their shopping carts and go elsewhere”
  • Full containerization for easier installation and deployment
  • Ability to encrypt data at rest with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption (a worldwide standard adopted by the US government)

“With SQL compatibility, automatic scaling and now in-memory processing with 8.0, there are few things not to like about this plucky database firm,” said Stamper.

A bright future ahead for the database that ‘ticks all the boxes’

Regarding the future, Stamper had this to say: “We see growing interest in the possibility of adopting a simpler, more scalable and more elastic database that can run in the cloud, on-premises or both. ClustrixDB ticks all of those boxes.”

It’s a great point. Right now we’re seeing some of the MySQL replacements adding all kinds of bells and whistles which supposedly expand use cases for their solutions, but they still haven’t addressed the fact that they can’t scale out. This is like adding all kinds of nifty features to a sedan, when what you really need is a Jeep! With ClustrixDB, you’ve got an incredibly fast, scalable engine that can power your applications through the most demanding scenarios, and can scale up and down to your needs. And this, as Stamper points out, makes ‘this plucky database firm’ an appealing option for tomorrow’s business.