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…

NoSQL Updates

September 21st, 2011

There’s a lot going on in the NoSQL world, or maybe Derrick Harris was just exceptionally busy last night…


Focus on Big Data and Exadata Mini

September 19th, 2011

Oracle Openworld must be close, because the rumour mill starts heating up… Piper Jaffray is predicting that Oracle will release an Exadata Mini machine that will fit under ones desk (via DBMS2). And Jean-Pierre Dijcks compiled a list of Big Data related sessions at Openworld, Big Data may very well be the key note topic, I hear, so it’s worth spending some time at these sessions.

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.

You don’t have to wait for long… Oracle Introduces Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack, just days after I blogged about it at Forthcoming Oracle Appliances. Configurations from half rack to several full racks can be combined for massive storage. Interesting that Oracle wants us to use this not only for relational data but all sorts or other stuff as well:

The Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack is ideal for storing massive amounts of structured and unstructured data including historical relational data; backups of Oracle Exadata Database Machine; weblogs; documents, images, LOBs and XML files

Curt Monash about Forthcoming Oracle appliances, based on information from Oracle’s earnings call (full transcript) last week. There will be an IMDB appliance based on TimesTen for high speed analytics, and a Hadoop appliance for MapReduce jobs, targetted at data preprocessing and feeding into Oracle. It really looks like Oracle is full steam ahead on the appliance strategy, and is also starting to embrace the MapReduce and massively parallel models. All of that is likely to be announced in more details at Oracle Open World.

Good 28 page whitepaper on NoSQL for SQL Server developers, first familiarizing the reader with NoSQL, then showing what NoSQL options there are in the Microsoft and Azure stack. Also a fair bit of positioning and what are appropriate use cases for NoSQL.

A nice howto on AlwaysOn, the combined Mirroring and Clustering HA/DR solution in SQL Denali, the next version of SQL.

Reported and analysed by Tony Baer in OnStrategies Perspectives, and reported by Derrick Harris in GigaOm’s in EMC, NetApp Make It a Big Day for Big Data Star Hadoop, we learn that EMC is using the on-going EMC World conference to its potential, and is announcing that they’re growing the Database division with the decision to sell their own Hadoop distribution with value add management tools and integration. I expect to see more soon.