Under the Covers: Databases in Devices
Embedded databases have become a popular use of database technologies. Aggregating all the uses of databases would show embedded databases to be just as popular (or more so) than the more extrinsic approach now that there are 25 billion connected devices, growing to a projected 75 billion by 2025. We’ve all used them, knowingly or not. Now, because many enterprises have become quasi software factories churning out applications, building mobile applications, and supporting IoT, enterprises have jumped into embedded databases in a big way.
Enterprise embedded databases can be found, for example, in mobile airline applications that feature online check in, boarding pass retrieval, flight status checking, and real-time flight information retrieval.
Enterprises using IoT can use embedded databases to copy aggregated IoT sensor data to a back-end database when online. This brings the value of data directly to operations. At the same time, data from all the IoT devices is being developed in the back-end database in order to develop analytics to advance the business.
For the purposes and capabilities of an embedded database, please see here.