Will Fitch talks about distributed databases and VoltDB

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Will Fitch recently wrote an blog post titled “Distributed Database Systems”. On the surface, it would seem that this article is a discussion of the different options and possibly a conclusion as to which one the author chose and why. The article does give you some of that but more importantly, he discusses some of the roadblocks a corporate development team faces when adopting a new technology.

For our company, and probably all others in a similar scenario, the biggest disadvantage would be code and culture change. We’re used to writing code that connects to a database and executes a stored procedure that lives in the database and is written in SQL. Introducing this new architecture would completely change our environment. Stored procedures would likely be written in Java or another JIT language. The CRUD functionality would then execute that instead. This essentially means a rewrite of much of the site.

The article does go on to discuss that their eventual conclusion was that VoltDB was the best product for their needs. Will discusses why they reached this conclusion.

Will does a good job of weighing the advantages to his team vs. the disadvantages. This is not a technical article at all, it’s written from the point of view of the person who had to make the decision and talks about the options he considered and why he chose VoltDB. It does get to be a time ad for VoltDB near the end but overall this is a very good read for team leads and department heads who are considering distributed databases.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs.   For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.33, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at http://blog.calevans.com and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP