Clustrix raised some more millions, reports Techcrunch.

With its unique parallel query approach, the distributed database allows you to scale by simply adding nodes—with no upper limit. No application downtime. No sharding. The Clustrix database can scale limitlessly with fault tolerance and full ACID compliance.

It’s MySQL compatible and uses MVCC to get around the locking issues, both of which probably set it apart and may make it more successful than its predecessors Clustra (10 years ago) and NonStop SQL/MX (25 years ago till now). And no, I wouldn’t have known that without the comment thread to Monash’s Clustrix article from 2010

Curt Monash (Introduction to MemSQL) and GigaOm (Ex-Facebookers launch MemSQL to make your database fly):

As its name implies, MemSQL achieves its fast performance in part by keeping data in memory, but it doesn’t use memcached like Facebook does to keep its massive MySQL deployment up to speed. Rather, MemSQL takes a lesson learned from HipHop — Facebook’s tool for converting PHP code into faster C++ — and converts SQL to C++.

Another one… good to see innovation being back in SQL Land :)

Introduction to Neo Technology and Neo4j. Good stuff as usual from Curt Monash, going into a lot of detail about product and company (but not how to use or develop for Neo4j – use Google for that).

Cool and innovative idea, makes me want to play with it… if just I had an idea what to use it for?

Once we connect 50 billion devices to the web [...], what will those devices talk to? Chicago Startup Tempo hopes those sensors will take to its database as a service — depositing their tiny bits of time series data inside its custom database. The company [...] has built a specialty database for data that consists of two items, time and a data point.

via Tempo wants to be the database at the center of the Internet of things.

SQL Server 2008 SP3 is now available!

A few customers requested updates in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3 are:

  • Enhanced upgrade experience from previous versions of SQL Server to SQL Server 2008 SP3. In addition, we have increased the performance & reliability of the setup experience.
  • In SQL Server Integration Services logs will now show the total number of rows sent in Data Flows.
  • Enhanced warning messages when creating the maintenance plan if the Shrink Database option is enabled.
  • Resolving database issue with transparent data encryption enabled and making it available even if certificate is dropped.
  • Optimized query outcomes when indexed Spatial Data Type column is referenced by DTA Database Tuning Advisor.
  • Superior user experience with Sequence Functions e.g Row_Numbers in a Parallel execution plan.

Go get it!

Oracle doing Hadoop and NoSQL

September 30th, 2011

Oracle docs show plans for Hadoop, NoSQL about the Oracle Loader for Hadoop, and Added Session: Big Data Appliance about Oracle’s Big Data Appliance.

Oracle Database Appliance

September 21st, 2011

Exadata Mini is the Oracle DB Appliance (ODBA?), as Oracle announced now.

It turns out that Oracle’s new small appliance isn’t really an Exadata Mini-Me. Rather, the Oracle Database Appliance is — well, it seems to be a box with an Oracle DBMS in it. Plus Oracle RAC and so on.

via Oracle Database Appliance soundbites and Database Appliance for the Masses.

Spot on article about Database as a Service Cloud DaaS Managed Service Fuels NewSQL Market:

While this sounds simple, public cloud companies soon learn that the Devil is in the details. Managing someone else’s database, without insight into their business processes, performance demands, scaling demands, evolving application requirements, and more, is extremely challenging and demands a new class of DBMS. These demands have created a market need that is now being filled by companies using the moniker “NewSQL”.

I’m not sold on calling this NewSQL, but hey, people like to invent new names from time to time…

Sybase ASE 15.7 Released

September 16th, 2011

Some Sybase PR about their latest release: Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.7 Boosts Performance and Lowers Cost of Managing Exploding Data Volumes

ASE 15.7 further reduces cost of operations by simplifying administration and enhancing system security, providing a database manager that remains easy to manage while protecting against intrusion. ASE 15.7’s online operations and extended diagnostic features increase data availability, optimize the data for application performance and quickly pinpoint bottlenecks to speed performance. Strong password encryption and single login profiles protect the database from unauthorized external access attempts and make it easier to manage large numbers of users.

Sybase 15.7 is quite a major update to 15.5, there are more details in the Sybase ASE 15.7 New Features guide.

Commercial Extensions for MySQL

September 16th, 2011

Oracle’s MySQL Blog reports about New Commercial Extensions for MySQL Enterprise Edition:

MySQL 5.5 GA and MySQL 5.6 Development Milestone Releases have delivered many new compelling features to the MySQL users and community for testing, feedback and use.

In addition, commercial customers have access to a number of commercial extensions already included in MySQL Enterprise Edition:

  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor
  • MySQL Enterprise Backup

Continuing the business model of MySQL, we are adding three new commercial extensions to MySQL Enterprise Edition:

  • MySQL Enterprise Scalability
  • MySQL Enterprise High Availability
  • MySQL Enterprise Security

Via Heise, who have some coverage in German.