Improve database processing performance

by David H
This article talks about using the partitioning approach will help to increase database processing performance more efficient and reliable. Nowadays, many users demand about the speed of performance of computer or searching information.  For instance, when we want to search some kind of data, we want to retrieve the result or file quickly. There are many data that store in database and it was complicated.  Using searching method is essential in database management. There are two methods that used to improve database performance which is horizontal database partitioning and vertical database partitioning. The comparison between these two methods is horizontal partitioning work more efficient than vertical partitioning in a large database. It will work more efficient if it distribute more than one computer. Horizontal partitioning is very efficient because what it does is break down a relational table into smaller part. Then it decreases the total number of read operations needed to access the rows. However it determined the values of the partition key that has been provided in a query. On the other hand, vertical partitioning split up the relational table into number of pieces and duplicates the primary key.  To process the database we use RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks). This is advance technologies that used for storage.  There are 7 level of storage which is start from 0 to 6. According to author we only need to concern level 1 which is very effective. In addition RAID is very secure and reliable. In order to get faster database retrieving what partitioning does is using partitioning vertical database of original first, then it will store data to RAID level 1.

This article relates to class because we had been discussed little about partitioning but we didn’t get much detail about how these two methods set up and work into database system. I think this article is informative because it helps me to better understand how partitioning method contribute significantly to performance in database. I think database organization is crucial in the system because it makes consumption of resources lower and minimize data retrieve time.



Alsultanny, Y. (2010). Database management and partitioning to improve database processing performance. Journal of Database Marketing & Customer Strategy Management, 17(3-4), 271-276.

5 thoughts on “Improve database processing performance”

  1. I really enjoyed reading about your article. I myself have a RAID hard drive setup in my personal computer. I have noticed a dramatic increase in speed over the standard one hard drive setup. I can see how businesses are investing in setting up RAID to access information much faster. One drawback that I see with this is that with an increase a speed also comes an increase in data corruption. I wonder how companies combating this issue.

  2. Very Interesting I never knew that you can use a RAID to increase the speed of a database. I too agree that it looks like Horizontal Partitioning would make a database faster versus having vertical partitioning. With vertical partitioning there will duplicate primary key and I assume can possibly cause problems down the road.

  3. very Interesting article. As a matter of fact, I wrote about RAID In my blog as well. Majority of the companies are using RAID because it is secure and rather faster to retrieve data from the database.

  4. Great article. I think combining compression with hybrid of Horizontal and Vertical partitioning can increase the performance of a database dramatically, and at the same time saving on cost for storage, bandwidth and i believe it will make the users of such databases happier.

  5. I enjoyed reading your article, RAID is like a double edge sword sometimes. Personally been using RAID 0 configuration but I can remember when RAID drivers were required to be preloaded before installing XP. A huge headache is what you'd get before it all went smoothly. Overall, RAID can be effective in a database environment but make sure you choose one that will allow you to make life easier when a hard drive needs to be swapped out.

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