The design and operation of an Essbase multidimensional database are key to achieving a well-tuned system that enables you to analyze business information efficiently. Given the size and performance volatility of multidimensional databases, developing an optimized database is critical. A detailed plan that outlines data sources, user needs, and prospective database elements can save you development and implementation time.
Defining only one database per application enables enhanced memory usage and ease of database administration. Applications that use the optional Essbase Currency Conversion module are an exception to this recommendation. Currency conversion applications generally consist of a main database and a separate currency database (see Designing and Building Currency Conversion Applications).