Databasen - Revisited

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Thu Oct 19 19:31:42 BST 2006

On 10/18/06, Matt Sergeant <msergeant at> wrote:
> Here's another reality - despite advances in database replication
> there is still often a single point of access in most database
> applications. Optimising your database is critical for high
> performance (ask anyone who has built a large scale DB backed
> application).

Partitioning's a well-known and understood technique in scaling
databases; most datasets have a fairly clear path to partitioning.
A-C, D-G, this goes back to index cards. Partitioning on full text is
hard, still, but that's relatively less likely requirement in the

>  Even in a replicated setup, databases don't scale
> brilliantly across servers (too much replication overhead,
> application becomes too complex etc).



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