Managing engagement and application data for massive networks of mobile users or remote devices can be a scalability and availability nightmare.
The problem is that most databases require updates to occur in a central “master” database. This can result in performance bottlenecks and also prevent applications from running if the connection to the master database is unavailable.
A cloud database such as IBM Cloudant enables you to push database access to the farthest edge of the network, such as mobile devices, remote facilities, sensors, and Internet-enabled goods, so you can scale bigger and enable applications to continue running while offline.
Hybrid databases create a distributed hybrid data cloud for increased performance, reach, uptime, mobility, and cost savings:
- Start small, grow big.
- Elastically scale on demand.
- Clusters can span multiple data centers.
- Manage your cloud yourself, or let a provider manage it for you.
- Mix and match cloud providers to optimize geographic reach, service level agreements (SLAs), pricing, and regulatory requirements.
This is the path to hybrid cloud that accommodates growing data management needs, not infrastructure needs. Organizations can continuously optimize the data layer for cost, performance, security, and reach. They can break up their data, distribute it, and move it closer to their users.
For example, financial organizations are embracing the hybrid concept by using the database as a central repository for all their disparate data sources, and then delivering this financial data in JSON format. This data is then distributed to the database as a service and replicated to geographic regions across the world.
If a customer in Singapore has to wait more than 4 seconds for their mobile application data to be retrieved from a database in New Jersey, that customer is not likely to use that application again. Database-as-a-service can replicate and distribute immediately and offer near real-time access to data worldwide.
Cloud databases can collect, deliver, replicate, and push to the edge all your data using the new hybrid cloud concept. Users no longer have to deploy the dependent middleware to deliver database requests anywhere in the world. They can connect applications directly to their database.