Is Blockchain Better Than a Database
Blockchain is simply a new type of database. Rather than traditional databases (SQL or NoSQL) that are controlled by single entities, blockchain can be shared by a group of non-trusting parties without requiring a central administrator. Michael and I get asked the same question all the time: “Can I use a blockchain for this?” We typically […]

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Is Blockchain Better Than a Database

Blockchain is simply a new type of database. Rather than traditional databases (SQL or NoSQL) that are controlled by single entities, blockchain can be shared by a group of non-trusting parties without requiring a central administrator.

Michael and I get asked the same question all the time:

“Can I use a blockchain for this?”

We typically respond with:

“Can you do that with a regular database?”

And, in more cases than not, the answer is “Yes”.

This is because if trust and robustness aren’t an issue, there’s nothing a blockchain can do that a regular database cannot. Remember, blockchains are useful for sharing data with a group of non-trusting parties.

“The blockchain has the ability to enhance reliability in business processes by eliminating political and economic risks associated with trusting a centralized system.” — Vitalik Buterin



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