Database Management

Finding The Best DBMS For Your Needs

Finding The Best DBMS FOr Your Needs[]

Key factors The Operating System Installation andMaintenance Requirements

The OS For example:

Microsoft SQL Server 2005: Windows XP, Windows 2000+

MySQL 5: Windows (even down to 98?), Linux, Unix, Mac

PostgreSQL 8.3: Windows 2000+, Linux, Unix, Mac

So depending on the system, these choices must reflect the way your system is currently designed.

Installation/Maintenance When it comes to installation and maintenance, look at the system. How much time do you want to spend with your DMBS? Some can become very time-consuming and involve major resources in your computer. Microsoft vs. MySQL is an example of this. Microsoft SQL sever can take a lot more resources than MySQL. But that also can make it more powerful.

Features How advanced are you with a DBMS? Such options as looking at views. Or views inside of views. Depending on the level of the user,the system, or the schema, features can be very useful.

Security Security within the DBMS protects the integrity of the data, records, and the databases. Providing encryption protection at the data level and allowing organizations to have another layer at which to manage and control all access. Major elements of DBMS security include user authentication, user authorization, encryption of data, passwords, and the auditing user actions. Take into account security built at the firewall, app, and in the DB.

Cost Cost can become a big issue in finding the proper DBMS. Oracle is more enterprise level. It can handle enormous database sizes. With this edge, Oracle becomes much more expensive than the Microsoft SQL version. Depending on the level of the developer and the complexities of the system, the user can pick their more viable choice.

Licensing When looking at conversion, negotiate with the DBMS vendor for a better ratio that closely reflects your existing database workload. Deciding which database licensing model to convert to will depend on the type of application that runs against the DBMS.

Installation of Drivers When having a DBMS installed the "finding the correct driver", issue can come into play. The application, driver manager, driver, data access software can be configured differently on each machine, from small business to enterprise. Issues ranging from a MySQL to an Oracle server, based on drivers available in the system could occur. The following shows different aspects of system/client/server ratios