A Slow Summer? It Might Be Time to Look at Your E-Commerce Platform

For many organizations, Summer is the perfect time to reassess your business needs. While customers are on vacation and website traffic is generally slower,  e-commerce retailers should take the opportunity to ensure they’re ready for the Winter Rush. And most importantly, it’s really true that e-commerce platforms left unattended can wilt from a lack of … Continue reading →

Upgrade Your MySQL Database Before It Hits Capacity

Chances are that the database you are using will only scale to a certain point.

While it might have been able to scale easily from zero to 200,000 users, for example, your database may choke when scaling from 200,000 to 300,000 users because many existing solutions cannot scale incrementally with load.

Businesses exist to sell to more customers. Let’s … Continue reading →

Rafter Absorbs an Influx of E-Commerce Traffic With ClustrixDB

School is nearly back in session, and that means students will scour the Internet in droves to get the textbooks they need for their studies.

It’s no secret that the cost of higher education can be significant. Rafter, Inc., a leading e-commerce retailer, understands that perfectly and as a result, offers textbook rentals that can save students as much as 80 … Continue reading →

Back to School: Is Your Database Ready?

It’s amazing how it seems to come faster every year—those cooler nights and shorter days—but it’s time to finally admit to ourselves: Summer is winding down.

And that means more traffic on your e-commerce site. As students across the country get ready to go back to school, from the wee ones in kindergarten to those seeking their degrees in higher … Continue reading →

Cloud Database, DBaaS Market to Reach $14 Billion by 2019

When it comes to the technology they deploy, today’s companies need versatile and flexible solutions that enable them to successfully navigate the ever-complex business world.

As such, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the cloud database and database-as-a-service (DBaaS) market is projected to grow from $1.07 billion this year to $14.05 billion by … Continue reading →

NoSQL and NewSQL: A Primer

Traditionally, e-commerce businesses have leveraged relational database management systems (RDBMS) to host revenue-critical transactions. MySQL is one of the most well-known RDBMS, and is definitely the most widely-used open-source RDBMS in e-commerce.

But due to the evolution of technology, including the rise of Big Data and cloud computing, MySQL databases … Continue reading →

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 →