The benefits of real-time replication for offload reporting

The benefits of real-time replication for offload reporting

Aug 27, 2014


The importance of accurate, up-to-the minute business reporting cannot be overstated in today's competitive corporate environment.

Organizations have a wealth of data at their fingertips that can be used to generate insights, plan future strategies and streamline services to clients and consumers.

However, running reports is a task that can pose a significant burden on enterprise databases, lowering the performance and availability of a company's online systems.

This is where the benefits of real-time replication really shine by enabling reporting teams to produce database environments designed specifically for this purpose.

How does real-time replication work?

Utilizing state-of-the-art software, Oracle database users can create and manage subsets of the source database.

These subsets are perfect for running resource-heavy reporting functions, while transactional and online systems can continue to operate using the primary database.

Due to innovative replication processes, information is synchronized in real-time, which means all reporting data is as up to date as possible. The reporting database is also always running, allowing businesses to complete both ad-hoc and pre-defined tasks without delay.

This provides teams with the flexibility and functionality they need to optimize their business reporting capabilities, while the rest of the company can continue to operate without interruption.

Key advantages

Aside from being able to perform sophisticated reporting activities without tying up business-critical systems, offload reporting has a number of other core benefits.

Cost reduction: Running a dedicated reporting database negates the need to upgrade online systems and they do not require expensive hardware to operate.

Reduced server strain: Database replication can spread the burden of data and applications across multiple servers to increase performance.

Bespoke functions: Replication software is designed to optimize reporting processes, including functions that exclude unwanted data items from being copied.

No additional purchases: Leveraging existing Oracle and MySQL systems means businesses can utilize the tools and skills that already exist within the firm.

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