A decentralized database splits the workload up among multiple machines and uses sophisticated algorithms to balance the incoming and outgoing requests for the best response time. This type of database is useful for those times when there is more data that needs to be stored in the database than can physically saved on one physical machine. The bits — like log files, data collected by tracking click-throughs in the application, and the data generated by internet of things devices — pile up and need to be stored somewhere. They are also frequently referred to as distributed databases.
Organisations are turning to open source storage solutions to gain value from the data they store. But, what has driven this trend?
- Cloud architectures and open source storage
- Open source in the analytics space
- Open source storage driving intelligence