Maria Colgan is a master product manager at Oracle.

Conventional wisdom states that relational databases are not scalable or robust enough to handle the huge numbers of connections, the massive throughput, and all the cool tricks required to master IoT (Internet of Things) applications. But I know this isn’t true, as Oracle customers have been doing it for years. How, exactly, is this done?

First, let’s make sure we agree on the meaning of IoT. The official definition is interconnection via the Internet of everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. IoT involves all sorts of devices, from watches, TVs, and phones to ovens, refrigerators, and gas meters made “smart” by being connected and sharing data. And at some point, the need to gather this data for mining.

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