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A Brief History of Data Silos

The original purpose of a data silo was to keep secrets. People have been keeping secrets for a long, long time. Prior to the written word, keeping a secret meant not sharing specific information with anyone else, verbally. And then came the written word. Secrets could be shared accidentally, or even stolen. Life became more […]

So You Want to be a Data Curator?

Data curation is highly focused on maintaining and managing metadata, and not the database itself. Consequently, much of data curation involves such things as good communications and the usage popularity of services or articles. Data curators not only create, manage, and maintain data, but may also be involved in determining best practices for working with […]

Methods for Saving and Integrating Legacy Data

New digital technologies are designed for mobile devices, the cloud, and in-house databases. They offer a wide variety of opportunities for business today. Unfortunately, they are often completely incompatible with older, legacy database systems, and this incompatibility can make an organization slow and plodding, comparatively speaking, rather than efficient and useful. While new technologies can […]

Blockchain Uses Multiply with New Database Innovations

Blockchain is still considered new technology, best known for supporting cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether. But blockchain can provide security for a variety of purposes, ranging from privacy controls on medical records to preventing vote tampering. Ultimately, blockchain is a secure, encrypted database of agreements. Blockchain serves as a bookkeeping/contract platform which is incorruptible […]

A Brief History of Data Quality

The term “Data Quality” focuses primarily on the level of accuracy possessed by the data, but also includes other qualities such as accessibility and usefulness. Some data isn’t accurate at all, which, in turn, promotes bad decision-making. Some organizations promote fact checking and Data Governance, and, as a consequence, make decisions that give them an […]

In-Memory Database Architecture: An Overview

In-memory databases work faster than databases with disk storage. This is because they use “internal” optimization algorithms, which are simpler and faster, and this type of system requires fewer CPU instructions than a disk storage system. Additionally, accessing data that has been stored “in-memory” eliminates the need for seek time while searching for data. As […]

Kubernetes Fundamentals: Facilitating Cloud Deployment and Container Simplicity

Kubernetes (sometimes abbreviated to “kube”) is open-sourced, was originally developed by Google, and organizes containers into logical units for transport and use in the cloud. Containers support the construction of self-contained environments capable of transporting data, and the software supporting it. Containers are, ultimately, a way to package software and other application components. It is […]

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