Designing a Database to Handle Millions of Data

Hafiq Iqmal
Geek Culture
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14 min readFeb 26

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As we navigate through the ever-evolving technological landscape of our data-driven world, it has become increasingly evident that organizations of all types, sizes and sectors generate and rely on big data on a daily basis. From financial transactions, customer interactions, marketing campaigns, supply chain management, to employee records, the amount of data generated by organizations is staggering.

In order to effectively manage and make sense of this enormous volume of data, designing a database management systemthat is capable of handling millions, if not billions, of data points is critical to the success of these organizations. Such database must be built with the capacity to store, retrieve and manage data in a way that ensures data integrity, security and scalability.

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Designing a database for handling millions of data comes with a number of challenges, including:

  1. Data retrieval: With large datasets, retrieving data can be slow due to the sheer volume of data that needs to be searched. This can lead to delays in processing and can negatively impact the user experience.
  2. Data organization: Large datasets can be difficult to organize in a logical manner, making it harder to interpret the data in a meaningful way. This can make it harder for users to access and understand the information they need.
  3. Data duplication: When data is duplicated, it takes up valuable storage space and can make it harder to manage the data effectively. This can lead to increased costs and reduced performance.
  4. Server performance: As more and more data is added to a database, it can slow down server performance, leading to longer response times and reduced overall system performance.
  5. Storage capacity: As more and more data is added to a database, it requires more storage space. This can lead to increased costs and can limit the amount of data that can be stored.
  6. Security: Large datasets can be an attractive target for hackers and cybercriminals. It is important to design a…

Hafiq Iqmal
Geek Culture

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