Ruminations on Multi-Tenant Databases
This paper on multi-tenant databases as motivation, it first describes the emerging marketplace of hosted enterprise services and the importance of using multi-tenancy to handle high traffic volumes at low cost. It then outlines the main requirements on multi-tenant databases: scale up by consolidating multiple tenants onto the same server and scale out by providing an administrative framework that manages a farm of such servers. Finally it describes three approaches to implementing multi-tenant databases and compares them based on some simple experiments. The main conclusion is that existing database vendors need to enhance their products to better support multi-tenancy.