Data Management

Supporting Database Applications as a Service

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Executive Summary

Multi-tenant data management is a form of Software as a Service (SaaS), whereby a third party service provider hosts databases as a service and provides its customers with seamless mechanisms to create, store and access their databases at the host site. One of the main problems in such a system, as authors shall discuss in this paper, is scalability, namely the ability to serve an increasing number of tenants without too much query performance degradation. A promising way to handle the scalability issue is to consolidate tuples from different tenants into the same shared tables. However, this approach introduces two problems: The shared tables are too sparse, Indexing on shared tables is not effective.

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