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Hibernating Rhinos 2019 Predictions: Improving Database Infrastructure to Overcome Development, Privacy and Security Challenges

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Contributed by Oren Eini, CEO and founder of Hibernating Rhinos

Improving database infrastructure to overcome development, privacy and security challenges

2018 was a year of continuous learning for professionals working in enterprise tech. Following a tumultuous trip around the sun filled with outages on major cloud platforms and massive security and privacy debates, technology professionals are ready to say goodbye to this year and look ahead to greener pastures. 

As such, 2019 must be a time for businesses to look back on the events that took place in the last year and make them into lessons learned, starting with their central command - the database. With data being produced, analyzed and stored at exponential rates (thanks to the growing technological ecosystem), the database is perhaps the most crucial element in overcoming - and preventing - similar outages and data breaches in the coming year.

1. The move to microservices will require more businesses to go multi-model.

While microservices aren't necessarily a new concept, the way businesses approach them in terms of database infrastructure and technology is. With a growing need for speed when it comes to application development - and the mass adoption of DevOps processes as a result - the demand to segment the different functions of an application is on the rise (hence the term microservices). However, many businesses have struggled to fully embrace microservices due to their current monolithic stack.

In 2019, businesses will embrace a multi-model approach that enables them to address each function, or service, as best as they can. By making use of relational models for their financing, document for their orders, graph for recommendations and time series for events, organizations can get the best out of both SQL and NoSQL data solutions. A multi-model strategy gives professionals the chance to see what a new way of looking at data can do for them, the applications they build and their organization as a whole.

2. IT will put the lockdown on unstructured data.

While IT professionals have made major headway when it comes to data management, the rise in unstructured data continues to be a challenge. And what's driving this rise? IoT and connected devices entering the enterprise. With everyone from Google to small businesses feeling the pressure of database security breaches, IT professionals must finally put additional safeguards on their unstructured data.

To overcome this, databases must provide additional protections like not allowing an application to release data to the pubic unless it is secured. It's an obvious fix, but you would be surprised how many security disasters have emanated from a developer disabling all locks to develop the application and then forgetting to enable them once it goes to production. In 2019, businesses must focus their efforts on ensuring these locks are secure - especially after the application goes public.

3. Databases will become "compliant-ready."

With the enormous pressure put on businesses from new compliance standards like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coupled with increasing large-scale data breaches at major organizations like Facebook and Google, companies must be laser-focused on better protecting their data, monitoring who is using it and where it is going.

To overcome these issues, databases must get better at event processing - especially keeping better logs tracking who is accessing data, when they're accessing, how they're accessing it and why. Technology professionals should look to implement more fine-tuned "Extract, Transform and Load" (ETL) functions, in which privately held data will not be transferred from one database to another without knowledge or approval of the right people. Without enabling the right policies and processes, regulations like HIPPA and GDPR will subject organizations to lawsuits, fines and additional penalties by governments.


About the Author


Oren Eini, CEO and founder of Hibernating Rhinos, has more than 20 years of experience in the development world with a strong focus on the Microsoft and .NET ecosystem. Recognized as one of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professionals since 2007, Oren is also the author of "Inside RavenDB." He frequently speaks at industry conferences such as DevTeach, JAOO, QCon, Oredev, NDC, Yow! and Progressive.NET. An avid blogger, you can also find him under his pseudonym as Ayende Rahien at

Published Friday, October 26, 2018 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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