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Always-on Time-Series Database: Keeping Up Where There's No Way to Catch Up

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In all likelihood, you have never given so much as a thought to what it might take to produce your own database. And you will probably never find yourself in a situation where you need to do anything of the sort.

But, if only as a thought exercise, consider this for a moment: What if, as a core business requirement, you found you needed to provide for the capture of data from disconnected operations, such that updates might be made by different parties at the same time—or in overlapping time—without conflicts? And what if your service called for you to receive massive volumes of data almost continuously throughout the day, such that you couldn't really afford to interrupt data ingest at any point for fear of finding yourself so far behind present state that there would be almost no way to catch up? Given all that, are there any commercially available databases out there you could use to meet those requirements?


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