We have quite a few databases of type a and many of type b in a cluster. Both a and b types are fairly complex and are different solutions to a similar problem domain. All the databases are very read-centric, and all database interaction is currently through plpgsql with no materialised data.
Some organisations have several type a and many type b databases, and need to query these in a homogeneous manner. We presently do this with many middleware requests or pl/proxy. An a or b type database belongs to 0 or 1 organisations. Making a and b generally the same would be a very big project. Consequently I'm discussing materialising a subset of data in a common format between the two database types and shipping that data to organisation databases. This would have the benefit of providing a common data interface and speeding up queries for all database types. Users would have faster queries, and it would be a big time saver for our development team, who presently have to deal with three quite different data APIs. Presently I've been thinking of using triggers or materialized views in each database to materialise data into a "matview" schema which is then shipped via logical replication to an organisation database when required. New columns in the matview schema tables would ensure replica identity uniqueness and allow the data to be safely stored in common tables in the organisation database. A few issues I foresee with this approach include: * requiring two to three times current storage for materialisation (the cluster is currently ~250GB) * having to have many logical replication slots (we sometimes suffer from pl/proxy connection storms) Commentary gratefully received, Rory