Cloud’s illusions: Bridging the gap between legacy relational databases and workloads in the cloud with Tibero
by Kelly McClure, Vice President of Global Marketing
How can you improve business application performance as part of a wider software-as-a-service deployment? One answer to that question might surprise you.
When companies move core systems and applications to virtualized data centers and the cloud, the focus is mostly on re-architecting or rewriting the software to improve performance. And this is as it should be. However, the migrated systems and applications must still access a database, and in many of these scenarios, a legacy relational database management system (RDBMS) is still being used with—of course—a relational database.
That can be a problem. In this post, we explore why and what you can do about it.
The ups and downs of a relational database and its RDBMS
A relational database is a collection of data items that share pre-defined relationships and are organized in sets of tables with columns and rows. This structure allows you to sort data based on any field and generate reports that contain only certain fields from each record. An RDBMS is the program that runs a relational database. It runs queries on the data, including adding, updating, and searching for values. Some can display data; others offer the capability to create forms to streamline entering, editing, and deleting data.
Relational databases are designed to run on a single server, so if a system needs to scale, customers must buy bigger, more complex, and more expensive proprietary hardware with more processing power, memory, and storage. In addition, existing RDBMS licenses might be required based on the server’s maximum number of server cores, not the cores actually being used. Over time, the costs add up, which is why maintaining existing infrastructure accounts for 57% of IT budgets. The result may be a database line item expense disproportionate to the benefits received, using up scarce IT dollars that would be better spent on IT innovation.
When it’s time to move to the cloud, problems also arise. In many scenarios, cloud applications and systems still access data from on-premises data centers and databases. However, an RDBMS is not designed to run on a virtualized platform.
Looking at cloud from both software sides to get the most from it: A new breed of RDBMS
Let’s go back to the cloud for a moment and think about it holistically. When we do, we can see that the cloud has two software sides. There’s the software you need to run your business or serve customers, and then there’s the RDBMS. Whether your data remains on-premises or you move the database to the cloud, you will get the full benefits of cloud if you make sure that you don’t ignore the data and data management side in favor of the shiny new cloud-based application object.
So, how can you do this? By bridging the gap between your legacy relational database and RDBMS and your cloud workloads with a new breed of RDBMS: TmaxSoft Tibero. Tibero is perfect for virtualization and the cloud. Here are a few reasons why.
- Innovative reliability and scalability: Tibero provides full support for redundancy and failover options. It can also support very large databases—even in the petabyte range—scaling appreciably without regard for headroom. And, it works with most commonly available virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions.
- Improved performance: Tibero efficiently utilizes resources and optimizes I/O processing. By using separate threads to access data simultaneously, the database can perform better. And, it runs well on any environment that you would run an enterprise database on.
- Flexible licensing and cost savings: Tibero’s flexible licensing maximizes virtualization investments by only licensing the computing power associated to a given virtual machine (VM), regardless of amount of resources the database consumes. This is critically important for the virtualization component of private and hybrid cloud usage. Altogether, Tibero licensing fees can offer very significant IT savings—50% less than Oracle, for example.
Tibero’s ease of transition: The cherry on the ice cream castle in the air
One of the most important benefits of Tibero is how easy the transition is. In a popular song from the 1960s, clouds are described as “ice cream castles in the air,” and for cloud workloads, Tibero’s ease of transition is the cherry on top. Unlike with other database vendors, you are not locked in, and there is no massive and tricky rewrite. An SQL conversion tool automatically translates the 90% of code that is SQL compliant. Tibero also supports direct translation for most vendor extensions like Oracle data types, Oracle commands, Oracle SQL extensions, Oracle stored procedures, Oracle schemas, Oracle RAC, and more. Tibero also supports similar extensions for MS SQL, DB2, as well as others.
For example, European natural medicine manufacturer and pioneer Heel reports that their migration to Tibero went smoothly and operating the database is easy. And the result? Tibero has delivered an 80% improvement in processes such as data loading, importing, and BI reporting. The data they need for analysis is up-to-date, perfect for smart business decisions. In addition, a U.S. retailer says they have benefitted from migrating IMS DB and VSAM files to Tibero, and the administrators are easily adapting to the open system environment.
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About Kelly McClure
Kelly McClure is the Vice President of Global Marketing for TmaxSoft. Her 20-year marketing career spans both Fortune 1000 companies and fast growth technology startups. Kelly is responsible for leading TmaxSoft’s marketing strategy. She is experienced in aligning marketing and sales, building relevant content and messaging and developing integrated lead generation campaigns. Before joining TmaxSoft, Kelly served as the Vice President of Marketing for 10th Magnitude and held senior marketing roles with DataStax, BMC Software and Micro Focus. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.