It is not an exaggeration to say that the online retail industry is at perhaps its most critical juncture since it first began gathering steam near the beginning of the 21st century. For years, scale-up relational databases were sufficient in the market, as online merchants dealt primarily with structured data-like tables of product names, prices, and identification numbers. But as e-commerce businesses start to build more complex applications and functionality (e.g., virtual shopping carts), many are beginning to realize that legacy scale-up MySQL relational databases are no longer powerful enough.
In reality, we have only scratched the surface of online retail’s transformation. As mobile banking and multichannel marketing become more common, for example, databases will have to support a myriad of new applications and features.
Additionally, as emerging markets like China increasingly open themselves to foreign merchants, e-commerce companies will need to be able to support more traffic and potentially even alternate-language versions of their sites. In short, increased customer demand will force fast-growing e-commerce sites to scale their hosted infrastructure to meet demand.
One of the most significant problems for online merchants still relying on legacy MySQL database solutions is that these products rely on a single server. As businesses grow, inevitably that single server will begin to experience issues with MySQL performance and will be forced to move to a more powerful server. But moving to a new server is a complex process that can lead to data loss and downtime. Furthermore, if a business continues to grow, eventually its database capacity needs will outgrow the new server as well.
Taking all of these factors into account makes it clear that scale-out databases built specifically for the cloud are the wave of the future. Rather than relying on a single server, ClustrixDB allows e-commerce merchants to flex capacity up or down by adding nodes and instances in the cloud in near real time. In other words, ClustrixDB was built for the years yet to come, not those that have already passed.
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