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ScaleArc: Database Load Balancer Makes any Enterprise Database ‘Consumer Grade’

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Web load balancers that distribute traffic to multiple web servers are now mature and familiar, but database load balancers are not – in fact, they’re a new category that ScaleArc is trying to establish.

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Instead, scaling databases in the cloud while maintaining ACID transactionality is a complex architectural challenge, and often involves sophisticated data sharding strategies for dividing up and distributing large databases. Furthermore, developers must write – or rewrite – applications to support sharding.

ScaleArc addresses all of these limitations with a full proxy load balancing layer that abstracts the database tier from the perspective of the application layer, and vice-versa.

It allows organizations to distribute enterprise databases (and database clusters) however they like across on-premises or cloud environments without requiring any code changes at the application layer or database changes in the persistence tier.

The end result: ‘consumer grade’ performance and scalability that users have come to expect from existing enterprise databases, as well as zero-downtime maintenance, hot backups, transparent caching, and other benefits.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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