And another one leaving the relational world for their DBaaS offering. It’s probably easier to manage as a service than Oracle…

Today SAP announced that they are using MongoDB as a core component of SAP’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. MongoDB was selected for the enterprise content management (ECM) section of the platform, as its flexibility and scalability will enable SAP to scale its content management service on its PaaS offering to meet customers’ requirements while managing data from different applications

Via MongoDB Selected as the Core Content Management Component of SAP’s PaaS Offering.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rob Enderle, never shy to point out what’s wrong with Oracle, goes on to explain why Oracle’s recent CFO change can be read as a sign of bad times ahead, and cautious Oracle’s customers to check their bill… what he doesn’t say, though, is that based on his reasoning, you should probably be checking if you’re in compliance with your licensing soon, else an audit may come costly.

Back in the 80s, IBM, which was facing revenue shortfalls due largely to the combination of a series of bad decisions, began raising prices indiscriminately. Nearly a decade later, Microsoft, in an attempt to make pricing simpler, found a large number of companies that were underpaying their contracts and it instituted corrective action. In both cases, the CIOs were caught unprepared and the result was a largely unplanned move to either slow or reverse the use of the companies’ products.

It would appear that Oracle is likely to either be on, or to shortly be on, a similar path (much of what I currently have are anecdotal complaints on Oracle pricing at the moment). However, it would be prudent to monitor recurring Oracle pricing and make sure increases appear justified and that trends won’t cause them to cross over so you can either anticipate a move or be assured that an executive review won’t force an unplanned migration. This practice is prudent with any large vendor, but given the recent CFO changes at Oracle, its history and recent contract changes on the hardware side of the company, it may be more critical with Oracle.

via A Note of Caution for Oracle Customers.

Already 3 months gone by? April 2011 Critical Patch Update Released (direct link to Database vulnerabilities). Mostly obscure components that aren’t in widespread use in the DB world, but who knows…

State of the MySQL Ecosystem

April 20th, 2011

Brian Aker wrote a good article about MySQL, State of the Ecosystem on his blog. Glad to see a key figure for MySQL be positive about the future of the ecosystem!

At times it’s difficult to judge what things are really about. Look at the following announcement by the folks at Nutanix. They got Aster Data, Google File System and Oracle Storage Layer (incl. Exadata, they say) background, but what’s the point of this appliance? Hope we’ll soon here more from them.

The key to Nutanix is virtualization, which provides the abstraction and the additional storage connections necessary to give Nutanix the performance edge it claims. The company is big on solid-state drives for performance and consolidation, but Pandey says that legacy storage systems are limited to the amount of SSDs they can handle. With a virtualized computing layer, however, each virtual server and each physical node provide the requisite housing and connection to an additional SSD. The Nutanix appliance combines both SSDs and hard disk drives to achieve maximum levels of performance and affordability, Pandey said.

via Nutanix Gets $13.2M for Google-like Storage Architecture.

Now that’s a thing: Kevin Closson Joins EMC Data Computing Division To Focus On Greenplum Performance Engineering! Kevin’s been the public voice of Exadata in the blogosphere for much of four years, so that’s quite a loss for the folks at Oracle. And a big win for EMC, I would say. Good luck, Kevin!