Database Archiving Solutions for Overweight Databases
Author: Hemal Shrimanker
Database archiving is said to be the most needed strategy for the business world which is facing a gigantic information explosion. There are many business and research-related advantages of database archiving. Some of these benefits include:
• Verification of scientific discoveries: Archives of scientific data can help in finding and retrieving historical database states. Database snapshots can then be utilized to verify most of the scientific research material derived from the data.
• Queries of database history: Tracking and querying the database object history becomes easy as all database snapshots are compiled in a single archive. This is especially valuable for reference databases like the CIA World Fact book.
• Reduction in costs due to less hardware required: A large production database mostly has a huge server and disk capacity. Scheduled database archiving which is regularly done frees up disk capacity and saves much money on hardware.
• Enhanced application performance: Overweight databases degrade performance. Database archiving ensures that the database is lean and clean and the size is up to a manageable level; in turn improving performance of critical systems.
• Better database administration: Huge databases require much more management efforts than lean databases for upgrade, migration, and backup. The administration overheads become less and less as the database gets leaner and gets rid of rarely accessed data.
• Compliance of legal and regulatory requirements: Most compliance regulations impose enterprises to store all related data for many years before getting rid of it. Database archiving softwares are an effective approach to meet compliance requirements and storing data without affecting performance.
• Customer service issues: Maintenance of historical archives through scheduled database archiving helps in addressing customer grievances with the help of historical records in an archive.
A comprehensive enterprise database archiving solutions should have the ability to archive from a variety of data formats and sources like relational database management systems or XML documents. Existing integrity constraints should be looked forward too, and should be reinstated once it has to be accessed. Data needs to be accessed within a reasonable time-frame too.
According to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the increasing data in the scientific world will quickly become a limiting factor. Nowadays many huge companies carry terabytes of data and soon petabytes of data will not be unusual in the future. Google itself carries loads of data, there is the Library of Congress which boasts of terabytes of data. To copy a petabyte of data would take approximately 3 years with the current systems and technologies. Database archiving solutions if implemented today will help in stemming the pace at which the data is exploding today.
About the author: Hemal Shrimanker - Business Development Executive at Indusa Technical Corp.
Indusa Technical Corp. (http://www.indusa.com) is an SEI - CMM Level 4, ISO - 9001:2000; ISO - 27001 Certified, 150+ people Custom Software/Web Development and IT Consulting Company. We have been providing services since 1989.
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