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In-Memory Database Technology: What You Need to Know

In-Memory Database Technology: What You Need to Know

This IDC study discusses the nature of in-memory database (IMDB) technology and its uses and benefits. This study is intended to offer insights for database administrators (DBAs), IT resource planners, and anyone else with responsibility for choosing or enhancing databases and their applications and their uses. The reader should be able to use this information to evaluate and recommend or choose a technology path that improves the responsiveness and value of those databases to the enterprise.

"The databases we are all used to are disk optimized, but this technology has imposed severe constraints on database flexibility and requires complex and arcane knowledge and tuning to use effectively," says Carl Olofson, research vice president for Database Management Software research at IDC. "Memory-optimized databases relieve those constraints, delivering speed, agility, and operational simplicity."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
What Is IMDB Technology?
Leading Forms of IMDB Technology
Emerging Architectures
Relational Versus Nonrelational
Compressed Columnar Optimization
Does All the Data Need to Be In Memory?
Benefits of IMDB Technology
Simplicity of Administration
Efficiency in Resource Utilization and Operations
Use Cases
Impact on the Datacenter
Systems, Networks, and Storage
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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