Databases are safer, recovery

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-01-28 Print this article Print

times are static, and interest in XML is sharp"> Meanwhile, in other report findings, 30 percent of database developers said that they can recover critical data within 6 to 30 minutes of a system outage. Three percent said it takes longer than 24 hours to restore mission-critical data. On the other end of the spectrum, 4 percent said it takes less than a minute to recover mission-critical data. Those figures havent changed much over the years that Evans has been tracking system recovery, McKendrick said—likely because the industry is just on the cutting edge of autonomic computing and self-management.
"I think well see some great strides," he said. "IBM has its initiative, Autonomic Computing, and the Stinger database. Oracle has been focusing in this area as well."
The report also found that 60 percent of database developers plan to expose or invoke database operations through Web services. The most likely database operations to be invoked are stored procedures, at 22 percent, SQL Query Web services, at 18 percent, and XML Query Web services, at 15 percent. The XML Query figure shows that developers are "champing at the bit" to get going on wrangling XML data, McKendrick said. "Between four out of 10 to half of our survey group is looking at XQuery and figuring out what to do with it, before the final spec is released or included in vendors products," he said. "The majority of our companies have XML-formatted data within their enterprises. The traditional relational database vendors have that capability to store XML data. [Microsoft] SQL Server 2005 or Yukon, when that arrives, will have a very advanced capability in terms of storing XML-enabled data. The conclusion is that XML is a very key part of everyones strategy, and we need to store it in the most effective way possible, and to build applications that can readily access that data." Finally, Evans survey found that either database security is improving or database plagues are in a lull. A vast majority—89 percent—of respondents reported no security breaches against their databases. Thats an improvement over past years, when 20 to 25 percent have typically reported breaches against the database. For those that did suffer security breaches during the period covered by this survey, most blamed physical access. "Lets hope that continues," McKendrick said. "At least for the past six months, its been quiet on the database front." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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