2.5 quintillion bytes. That’s the amount of data our world generates. In one day. Every. Single. Day.
Sounds like a lot, right? Well, by the time you are done reading this sentence the number will be higher, because the rate is accelerating. At an exponential rate – in fact, more data has been generated in the past two years than in all of human history. But where does this data all go? Presumably it does not vanish into the ether, right?
Step in the database and database administrators. And specifically database administrators for open source databases. Open source databases, like the MySQL database and the NoSQL database are taking up a larger and larger proportion of the global data output and it takes a special type of database administrator to optimize it storage and processing for the operation of your business.
Open source database.
If you are interested in optimizing your business it may seem counterintuitive to use open source databases, rather than paying for use. After all, doesn’t “free” mean lower quality? Don’t database administrators prefer not to work with them? Wrong. Dead wrong. Open source databases actually offer many advantages missing from pay for use databases. The advantages which lead many database administrators to prefer open source databases include (but are by no means limited to):
1. Greater flexibility and agility by offering multiple solutions to every problem
2. Open source enables selecting from solutions developed by the open source community and begin delivering value right away.
3. Lower costs – open source solutions are simply less expensive than the alternative.
4. A better talent pool for technologists and database administrators.
5. Ready made partners for developing and maintaining new applications – and their costs.
The MySQL database provides a simple, easily-managed solution for performant data storage and querying for site data, like pages or posts. It is also commonly used for back-end data storage and querying solutions for static front-end web applications. It interacts seamlessly with the SQL database and any SQL competent database administrator can handle it with ease.
Unlike traditional relational databases, which store data in highly structured form, utilizing multiple rows and columns. The NoSQL database instead uses inexpensive storage and processing power, providing greater scalability and much more rapid processing of very large data loads. It is intended to be used across large, distributed systems. Many of our database administrators are quite fond of it for this, and other reasons.