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The Purpose-Built Database Era: Pick the right tool for the job

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Stepping into the purpose-built era As data becomes a strategic asset, databases are becoming increasingly crucial to understanding data and converting it to valuable insights. IT leaders need to look for ways to get more value from their data. If you're running legacy databases on-premises, you're likely finding that provisioning, operating, scaling, and managing databases is time-consuming and expensive. Moving on-premises data to managed databases built for the cloud can help you reduce time and costs. These modern database solutions allow you to spend time innovating and building new applications—not managing infrastructure. Migrating to cloud-native databases Once your databases are on the cloud, you can innovate and build new applications faster. Migrating to the cloud is the first step toward entering the era of purpose-built databases. But once on the cloud, how do you know which types of databases to use for which functions? Read on to learn more about a number of The Purpose-Built Database Era: Pick the right tool for the job purpose-built database types—and how you can ensure a smooth transition into this new era of innovation, performance, and business success. Moving beyond relational only Developers are adopting new, distributed models for building applications to drive agility, innovation, and efficiency. They want the right database to meet their application's unique requirements for functionality, performance, and scale, and the "one-size-fits-all" approach of using a relational database for everything no longer works. AWS offers the broadest and deepest portfolio of purpose-built databases that support diverse data models and allow you to build data driven, highly scalable, distributed applications. By picking the best database to solve a specific problem, you can break away from restrictive one-size-fits-all databases and focus on building applications to meet the needs of your business. This allows you to scale faster, innovate more, and accelerate time-to-market for new features. Ready for modern applications While relational databases are still essential, in today's world, a "relational only" approach no longer works. With the rapid growth of data—not just in volume and velocity but also in variety, complexity, and interconnectedness—the needs of databases have changed. Many new applications that have social, mobile, IoT, and global access requirements cannot function properly on a relational database alone. These modern applications need databases that can store terabytes to petabytes of new types of data, provide access to data with millisecond latency, process millions of requests per second, and scale to support millions of users anywhere in the world. To create applications that meet these demands, developers must choose between a number of emerging purpose-built database models. They must understand which database type to use when selecting the right tool for the job.

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