Report: Vast Majority of Cloud Databases Use SQL

If a business uses a cloud database—whether delivered as a service or managed traditionally through a public or private cloud—chances are it is going to be an SQL one.

According to a recent survey of 500 developers, 79 percent were using a SQL database—either MySQL or NewSQL—while only 16 percent said they were using NoSQL. At one point in time, industry … Continue reading →

Why Sharding Is the Wrong Way to Scale Your Database

In order for your e-commerce platform to live up to its fullest potential, you need a scalable database. It’s as simple as that.

As technology has advanced and e-commerce retailers have more information at their disposal than ever before, traditional MySQL databases have reached their limits. They lack both the ability to scale-out, and the ability to process … Continue reading →

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 →