Results are in from Winter Corporation's 2003 TopTen Program, a survey of the world's largest and most heavily used databases. Winter Corporation, a consulting and research company, focuses on databases near, at or beyond the scalability frontier. The findings are striking and remind us just how far we've come and what lies ahead.
Winter Corporation has tracked the world's leading databases through its survey programs since 1995. Participation is open-ended and impartial. The eligibility requirements for the 2003 program were simple: databases must be in production and contain a minimum of 500GB of data for Windows systems and 1TB for all other operating environments. Winter Corporation defines database size as the sum of user data, summaries, aggregates and indexes; free space and redundancy are not included. Thus, database size represents the amount of actual data, not the complement of disk space.
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