Today’s globalized online economy produces enormous amounts of unstructured and distributed data. This means many businesses are in the position to leverage the power of machine learning and AI. But, that won’t be possible without the right infrastructure to support these initiatives.

A recent Freeform Dynamics report, “Modernizing Database Technology Stacks,” reveals:

  • 90% of IT professionals are using a relational database management system (RDBMS) for business requirements
  • 38% plan to expand their RDBMS
  • 36% plan to add a NoSQL database
  • 29% plan to add big data technology such as Apache Hadoop

While it’s great to see IT professionals planning out new database architecture, that’s only part of the story. Having a storage platform to underpin these new ambitions is critical. Database administrators (DBAs) need a solid foundation that enables them to evolve their architecture. The core fundamentals for optimizing database workloads are:

  • Performance
  • Security
  • Availability
  • Manageability

Performance: Today’s new digital world waits for no one. Every second spent waiting is an opportunity lost. Pure Storage® DirectFlash® software offers unparalleled performance with faster and more consistent response times. Sub-millisecond latency helps reduce costs through low CPU consumption. 

Security: Security is critical, especially when it comes to database workloads. According to CrowdStrike, ransomware data extortion attacks have increased by 580% since the start of 2020. Cybercriminals are evolving their tactics and increasingly targeting healthcare, retail, and manufacturing organizations. Pure Storage solutions offer AES-256 bit encryption for data at rest with the highest security standards. Pure delivers built-in, always-on, and in-line security with no performance impact. You can relax knowing your data is recoverable from ransomware attacks.

Availability: You can’t afford downtime. FlashArray delivers 99.9999% availability to keep database workloads—and businesses—up and running. Purity ActiveCluster provides synchronous replication for RPO-zero and transparent failover. It also provides intelligent asynchronous replication for long-distance disaster recovery.

Manageability: The final piece of the infrastructure puzzle is manageability. Pure Storage’s smart solutions can reduce the time spent on copy, clone, and refresh processes by up to 90%. With Portworx®, developers can leverage containerized services for database workloads. 

When considering a new technology stack, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of possibilities. However, it’s important to consider the fundamentals of database architecture. The transformation needs to begin with high-performance, agile storage infrastructure.