On the Database Journal website, an article by Lockwood Lyon is posted listing IT Management’s Top 10 DBMS Requirements, David Letterman style.
If you are familiar with how David Letterman reads his Top 10 lists, the most important items are #1, 2 and 3 and are read at the end. In Lyon’s article, his top three DBMS Requirements are…coming in at #3 – Application Data Availability, at #2 – Application-Level Data Recovery and coming in at #1 this week is System-Level Data Recovery.
His summary says it all regarding the way the items are ordered:
“One argument I often hear about #1 and #2 (recovery) goes like this: ‘Our most important requirement is Performance! If our applications run slowly, we will lose customers!’
Perhaps; but, consider: what would you prefer? A system where 5 percent of transactions run extremely slowly? Or one where 5 percent of the data was invalid, inconsistent or unrecoverable?”
Check out the article for the complete Top 10 list and let us know if you disagree with the list. Are there any items missing or do you believe they are in the wrong order of priority? We’d love to hear from you.