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    Offloading Operational Databases

    When a query cannot be entirely satisfied by accelerations in the cache, in-situ processing becomes necessary. The query is pushed down into the underlying source (or multiple sources), to the extent possible, and the results are retrieved and processed in memory and returned to the client. When the data source is a production operational database, it may not be desirable for analytical queries to hit the database, as that may impact the operational workload. This can be avoided by ensuring that all virtual and physical datasets that are accessible to users can be satisfied by accelerations in the cache.

    For example, consider the following data graph consisting of physical and virtual datasets:

    “All paths to the data source are through accelerated datasets.

    In this environment, there are four physical datasets that users can access directly (purple), and three physical datasets that users cannot access directly (grey) due to restricted permissions. The datasets outlined in red are anchors with raw reflections. Because all access to these three physical datasets must happen through two virtual datasets, enabling raw reflections on these two virtual datasets ensures that all queries will be satisfied by Data Reflections rather than impacting the operational database.

    With that said, it’s important to consider the impact of cache update jobs on the operational databases. To minimize the impact, consider utilizing incremental updates and reducing the data freshness for that data source.