The size and workload of transaction-processing and decision-support databases have increased rapidly--doubling in some cases--in the last two years, according to a Winter Corp. survey of the operators of the world's largest, most-heavily used database systems. That continuing growth poses challenges for those charged with managing these behemoths.
At peak workloads, the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection's database processes 51,448 transactions per second, nearly twice its peak of 26,655 TPS in 2001. It has the distinction of being the hardest-working transactional database in the world, according to survey results released earlier this month.
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