ACID Compliance: What It Means and Why You Should Care

The presence of four components — atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability — can ensure that a database transaction is completed in a timely manner. When databases possess these components, they are said to be ACID-compliant.

So just what is ACID compliance, and why should you care? Let’s take a look:

Atomicity: Database transactions, like … Continue reading →

Easily Scaling Out and In to Meet Seasonal Demand

Most businesses have a “busy season”—the time of year their employees are tearing their hair out trying to keep items stocked in warehouses and on shelves. Customers are eagerly buying whatever’s left, and the shipping department can’t imagine sealing another box. For many businesses, that’s the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, … Continue reading →

The Importance of Concurrent Analytics

Thanks to the evolution of technology, businesses are able to collect and analyze customer-specific data and use the results to make informed changes to their operations, providing their customers with stronger service and, subsequently, bolstering their bottom lines.

In this way, e-commerce-driven businesses can leverage their customer-specific data to launch … Continue reading →

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 … Continue reading →

The High Price of Downtime

Believe it or not, whenever Amazon experiences a single minute of downtime, it stands to lose more than $66,000. Although your company is most likely not the juggernaut Amazon is, you can’t afford downtime either. The average small to medium-sized business stands to lose $12,500 per hour of downtime.

With this in mind, businesses must do everything within … Continue reading →

Three Tips to Bolster Your Customers’ Experience

The U.S. e-commerce market continues to expand. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce brought in $3 trillion in 2012—the most up-to-date figure available—which represents an 11 percent increase from the year prior. With more than half of Americans owning smartphones and our lives becoming increasingly digitalized, the e-commerce market will struggle to … Continue reading →

Dealing With Traffic Swings: Why NewSQL Is the Answer

For some e-commerce retailers, predicting spikes and dips in traffic is a relatively easy task. A school supplies retailer, for example, can expect a large influx of traffic in August. And many e-commerce retailers anticipate more business than usual toward the end of the year, as customers scramble to purchase gifts for their loved … Continue reading →

Scaling E-commerce Databases With Lots of Moving Parts

Scaling an e-commerce website is difficult enough when you have a growing number of customers coming in to shop daily. We know it’s a double-edged sword; more customers means more sales means more revenue, but it also may mean you’re bumping up against the limits of your servers, leading to possible slowdowns or downtime, which … Continue reading →

DBaaS: Solving the Cloud Business Continuity Conundrum

Today’s enterprises—especially those in the financial and e-commerce industries—are expected to be “always-on”; you never know what time of day or night your customers are going to make a transaction. At the same time, these companies are increasingly turning to the cloud to improve efficiency, scalability, and reduce costs while dealing with the … Continue reading →

The Rise of Same-Day Delivery and What It Means for Your Database

It used to be that if you needed a hammer to complete a project around the house, you’d drive down the street and get that hammer at the local hardware store.

Believe it or not, in today’s e-commerce-driven world, that notion has been modernized: Companies like Google, Amazon, eBay and Target are testing same-day delivery. In other words, if you need a … Continue reading →