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Improve Your Website by Hosting Database Remotely on a Different Machine

    How and Why to of a Remote DB

    Does hosting your db's remotely help a business to server online clientele better?

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    Local vs Remote Database Hosting

    Any business who has a dynamic website is using a database to serve the requests. A database can be file based which bypasses the need for a server process to handle the data handling but that is usually not the case with most popular systems being used in the market. With PHP based development dominating most of the market and a combination of PHP/MySQL being used to create web applications to serve the www market, a server process is involved which in case of MySQL will be a MySQL server process.

    In a usual server environment, a single server is able to locally host both the programming language processing and database query requests processing, which is a cost effective way for usual small business owners to build their online presence. We call such a system being a local database server one and, while many businesses do rely on local DB for connecting to their programming language, some businesses do find using a dedicated remote machine to serve database requests. The question here is, how and why and doe sit really help with improving the website user experience or does it help with management of database if stored on a different machine.

    Remote database or Local : Lets get into it.

    Both have their own pros and cons, a professional approach is a must.

    Local Database

    Serving database on local machine allows access to data in the lowest amount of time, bypassing any network latency or delay. Also, with any local database, the security setup is easy, just lock the database port access to local machine and thats it. While local database saves from latency, if the server is limited on resources, such as there are far too many requests/users visiting the site and the machine has limited processor/memory/IO available to handle all those requests, it may be a bad idea to host the database on the same machine. This changes if you are on a cloud server and you have access to unlimited resources, but then there might be other reasons why a local database may not be feasible. One being that your web application may be hosted on multiple servers and may be using load balancing in such a way that the app is hosted on multiple servers but connecting to a single database. A local database will be the best option for small businesses or for someone who has to serve limited amount of users in a specified amount of time.

    Remote Database

    Remotely hosted databases allows flexibility with data access, a centrally located database can serve requests sent from different machines. While it may sound interesting, its not recommended unless your local database serving is not able to meet the needs. A small business should always opt for a better single machine / a dedicated server that can host both application and database server on a single machine. Also with a remote database, professional setup is required to carefully optimize the connections between the app and the DB server to make sure the latency is the lowest. A higher latency can lead to issue with slower website or timeout failures. Also, with any remote or centralized database server, we need a better interlinking and a huge bandwidth inbetween to make sure that large number of packets or requests can be handled.

    If you have any concerns or want us to review your database handling requirements or setup your remote database server, get in touch with our experts today.