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Ever since the dawn of remote databases, there has been the raging debate of what is better – local database or remote database management? While most commoners as well as database wizards have tried comparing local and remote databases based on their functionalities, features and access, very few have tried to explain the different kinds of data that can be stored in each.
Here are a few things that you must know about local storage –
These are like the lockers in your gym. You would want to keep a few bare essentials, but nothing that’s too valuable or sensitive. Local storages are ideal for media, text and anything other than any kind of authentication data. In case you have to store any authentication data on your local storage, it should be nothing more than access tokens. This is seen in many applications. Many paid apps use restricted access tokens that expire after a given time. So all paid users have to authenticate after the app sits idle on their system for a while (it can be a week or a month, you can decide that while coding).
While storing information on your local storage, keep in mind that local devices can fail. Therefore, your local storage should not have exclusive information that cannot be recovered. For example – say you have an app that can be accessed by everyone who downloads it. If the client-side database is lost tomorrow, the user should still have access to your app. unless you are running an e-commerce app there should be no tampering of client database. For retail apps, there are in-app messages, notifications, wishlists, cart contents and app history data that can be changed by client.
What makes remote database more favored among DBAs?
Storing your app and website related data in a cloud is not a bad idea especially if you have decided to store your database server, gear, node etc. in the same location. It is necessary that they remain on internal bogon routes.
Compatibility is not much of an issue with remote servers and remote DBMS. Remote databases give direct access to updated information to all employees. It usually makes the data archiving, organizing and processing of queries much faster. You can back up all your data regularly by setting up backup schedules for your database. Since everything is on a single cloud, it is faster and more accurate.
Rather than going for costly, junior DBA residential teams, you can opt for expert DBA advice. Remote database comes with database consulting services that are more cost-effective and ideal for smaller enterprises.
Remote databases have always been preferred by small businesses that need the latest technology services for the best prices. Remote databases can grow with your business, as the storage is not physically limited. RDBMS is a wonderful tool that has helped millions of dreams turn into successful businesses all around the world.
Author Bio: Sujain Thomas is a website developer and database management expert. She has been leading the city’s top database consulting agency for the last 6 years.