What to Do If Your SQL Database Fails to Scale Effectively

Whether you ask database administrators (DBAs) or application developers, they’ll tell you the same thing: Traditional SQL database scaling is an issue. Some might assert that’s because those databases were not designed to scale at any level, and certainly not to scale in the cloud. Others might say that those making the assertions simply lack the expertise to scale SQL databases.

In any case, DBAs and application developers want a SQL database to scale simply (no expertise or contortions required), transparently (to the applications), reliably (no downtime), elastically (on-demand allocation of resources, and plug-and-plays with current applications and scripts) and cost-effectively (pay as you go).

When DBAs encounter problems related to scalability, they’re likely to try to scale up first. That means investing in more hardware. That might sound like an easy solution to the problem. And it is, particularly if you have unlimited amounts of money.

But money’s tight these days for most everyone. And even if you’re one of the lucky ones with financial freedom, you still don’t want to spend more money on something than you need to.

Some whiz DBAs have mastered a variety of workarounds to achieve more scalability—like sharding, read-only slaves, peer-to-peer replication, linked servers, distribution partitioning and even data-dependent routing. Even after so doing, however, most SQL databases will still have a problem meeting the aforementioned expectations of DBAs and application developers.

Thanks to ClustrixDB, a NewSQL scale-out cloud database, though, scalability is not only achieved, it’s achieved easily—and inexpensively. The innovative database was designed specifically with the cloud in mind. ClustrixDB has a feel like the off-the-shelf SQL databases that DBAs have used for years. Yet it does not suffer the limitations that bind traditional SQL databases. What’s more, it can be delivered as software, software in commodity hardware or a cloud instance running in a virtual machine.

This blog post just touches the surface of the solution’s features, but you can click here to read our in-depth white paper, written by Marc Staimer of Dragon Slayer Consulting, that further explores the subject.