Determining what database product best fits the requirements and limitations in a specific situation. This is advice that generally requires much more insight into requirements than can easily be gleaned on a Q&A forum such as StackExchange.

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About single threaded versus multithreaded databases performance

H2 is a single threaded database with a good reputation regarding performance. Other databases are multi-threaded. My question is: when does a multi-thread database become more interesting than an ...
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Which DBMS is good for super-fast reads and a simple data structure?

I am developing a product that, as a part of it's operation, must track a large number of files/directories. The idea is to store stat information in a database then, on boot, create watches for each ...
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Ready-to-Use Database models example

Where can I find ready-to-use database models ? I don't need a database with data in it, but only schemas (UML diagrams). Perhaps something like the data models at this link, but much more complex ...
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Local database vs Amazon RDS

I am doing large INSERT into a local MySQL database I am at 2,000,000 rows and am really starting to notice the slowdown now. I always heard that MySQL wasn't very scalable I expect this database to ...
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DBA Tasks ( SQL Server 2008 ) - Recommendation - Maintenance plan

I'm a JR DBA on a big company. I was hired 6 months ago, and I'm learning things really fast (I'm the only DBA here). The old DBA left servers and SQL Server instances for me, to take care of it. It'...
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What are the differences between NoSQL and a traditional RDBMS?

What are the differences between NoSQL and a traditional RDBMS? Over the last few months, NoSQL has been frequently mentioned in the technical news. What are its most significant features relative to ...
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What problems will I get creating a database per customer?

I remember from the stackoverflow podcasts that Fog Creek use a database per customer for Fogbugz. I assume that means the Fogbugz On Demand servers have 10s of thousands of databases. We are just ...
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Is there any benefit to defragmenting SQL indexes in a SAN environment?

Our SQL server lives on a SAN. It contains dozens of OLTP databases, some with several tables containing over 1m records. We have been running Ola Hallengren's index maintenance scripts weekly, and ...
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What features of Oracle make it an attractive choice for small projects?

Given Oracle's licensing handling[a] (and, to a lesser extent, cost) I have always been wondering what the deciding factors would be for choosing Oracle over PostgreSQL or MySQL. My company is nearly ...
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Proper Database Partitioning

I had asked a previous question "Proper technique for storing users event data" and the correct answer in my opinion was to create a database partition. Now from what I have read on it there are ...
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Save history editable data RDBMS

I want to make application like testing system. Every question has one or many variant of answers (and one or many can be right). I apologize that tutors and students use my testing system. It means ...
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When is the right time to use MariaDB instead of MySQL, and Why?

What we earn and what we lost with this migration? What should I expect as drawbacks after the migration? Is it really unnecessary to change the applications in any situation?
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Are relations slower than a big, inefficient table?

I've been asked in my job to violate the first normal form (repeating groups across columns, using empty / null values) several times, "for the sake of computer processing power". In a nutshell, a "...
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Are there any database engines which will intuit the join condition based on the existing foreign keys?

It seems strange to me that, when I've defined a foreign key, the engine cannot use this information to automatically figure out the correct JOIN expressions, but instead requires me to re-type the ...
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Proper technique for storing users event data

I am mostly a self-taught when it comes to database designs. I am posing this question because I have settled on this common structure, but am wondering if it is the most efficient or 'industry ...
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What are negative keys used for?

Somewhat new to using standard SQL databases (currently working with MySQL mostly) I haven't run across many usages of this as of yet. When and why is it useful to have negative (or rather signed) ...
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What type of datastore should I use for high volume time series data?

Imagine a project which requires to be able to process 50,000+ (tiny ints) writes per second. The data, once inserted, won't change. The data is a measurement on a particular time. Sub second ...
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Re-designing a Database cost and advice [closed]

The web application I am working with has a huge Database that is a real mess, no foreign keys, no constraints, no indexes, no optimization, no normalization, nothing. Until now, the logic has been: ...
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One table with many rows or many tables with a few rows

I'm having a question rounding my mind. It's better to create one table and store a lot of rows there or create various tables and have a few rows on them? What's the performance and the I/O saved at ...
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What is the advantages of using auto_increment in database as primary key over set of attributes?

I have table as CREATE TABLE circle ( circle_id int(11) auto_increment primary key not null, user_id int (11) not null, title varchar(255) collate utf8_general_ci not null ); CREATE ...
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What are the risks of building a database outside IT control?

I've been looking for the best StackExchange community to ask this. I hope it fits well here. As a risk analyst in a trading business, I'm often confronted with large volumes of data, way beyond the ...
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Relational Model vs. Database Products [closed]

The formal Relational Model (logical level) for databases is not exactly the same thing as you get with MySQL, Oracle or other major products / implementations of ‘relational’ database management ...
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in-memory SQL database system [closed]

In an application, I am using mysql's TEMPORARY TABLE. Since this application does not need permanent tables, I wonder if I can find an alternative RDMS designed for memory tables. I hope to find an ...
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Data structure design for supporting arbitrary number of columns in table or database [closed]

I am currently working on a sort-of a meta-modeler to build a free web service so that people can input data and run several models on that data. The task I am currently struggling is: user needs to ...
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Appropriate database for web analytics? [closed]

I am working on the web analytics it is similar to google analytics, Currently i am using the mongoDB. Problem using MongoDB Writing and reading is performed at the same time so after some point ...