Once in a while in the software industry, development on products like relational databases and alternate technologies will reach a plateau- at which time there will be several new companies that adopt the prevailing technology without much thought about the future. Fortunately, it is at those times that companies that do have philosophical questions about how well a relational database will perform for them based upon their data needs will step forward and present a different solution.

One of the more popular examples happened last decade when Facebook developed its own flat file-like database that it used to underpin its operations for a while. And whereas they have shifted back to a MySQL database for the majority of the transactions, the fact that they had the ability to enhance their performance with a native db was something that energized developers all over the industry.

Here are some database options that are out there currently that can help you make your startup stronger:

Relational Database:

Although there are alternatives out there, you might start out by asking yourself when you get started just why Facebook returned to working with MySQL, an Oracle made relational database instead of sticking with the technology they had implemented. In their case, with over a billion users and hundreds of terabytes active each day, it became a fact that they were able to overcome more obstacles with that platform while maintaining stability than they could by spending more money doing something else.

You should consider thinking along the same lines. Budget, performance, and stability are all important. If your firm can figure out specifically how they should be balanced and prioritized, it can help you to choose the right type of database. In most cases, that database will be a relational database that you can get off-the-shelf commercially.

Graphic Processing Unit Database:

As we move forward in an environment where most tablets and computing devices are driven by chips that feature strong graphic performance, another database choice has become popular- the GPU database. GPUs are the workhorses that give you the great video rendering for gaming and movies on your tablet. When you park a database in storage and use the GPU to process it, it does some incredible things to your performance capabilities. This is largely because the sheer processing power of a GPU

allows you process a lot more data rapidly than most CPUs on the market.

Another positive about giving up the CPU as a database processor is that most of the performance hits against your server are pulling and pushing data. With the CPU free to focus on the steps around manipulating data, the synchronization of the two types of processor working on your behalf can make a large positive difference in your results.

Json Database:

Another type of database that is available for your firm is a Json type database that utilizes specific files that are pre-made to answer queries instead of using a granular structured query language. The positives are that you can preplan how quickly your data is processed because you are able to format the files that are pulled into the database. You can therefore also specifically control how media is structured and its performance.

Choosing the right type of database to match your data needs takes some planning and requirement building. If you can create a technology roadmap that will take you 5 years into the future when you set up your company databases, it should help you to define the requirements that will help to show you the way as you select a database that will outperform its competition.


by: Mikkie Mills