Cloud Database

Google’s new cloud service is a unique take on a database

Grazed from CIO. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

Google has turned a database service that it uses to run some of its mission-critical products into an offering for its public cloud customers. On Tuesday, the company launched Cloud Spanner, a new, fully managed database that’s supposed to provide the transactional consistency of a traditional database plus the scalability and performance of a NoSQL database.

It’s based on the same systems that run the company’s own Spanner database internally. Usually, businesses have to pick either a traditional or a NoSQL database, and each comes with particular trade-offs. Traditional databases provide better transactional consistency, but can be hard to scale. NoSQL databases are better at scaling but sacrifice consistency...

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Blue Medora Introduces Amazon Cloud Database Management Packs for VMware vRealize Operations

Article Written by David Marshall

Blue Medora today announced Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora and Amazon DynamoDB management packs for vRealize Operations. The new Amazon management packs extend visibility into key metrics, such as query and capacity units, to optimize performance and uptime for databases and the entire IT stack. They are based on technology from SelectStar, Blue Medora's native database performance, analytics and health monitoring platform.
 
With the new management pack for Amazon RDS, Blue Medora provides deep-dive visibility for RDS-based database instances. The Amazon Aurora management packs offer query analysis and syntax highlighting to reveal why queries are delayed. Blue Medora also enables Amazon DynamoDB users to see into read/write capacity units and prevent throttle events.
 

Cloud convenience is killing the open source database

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Matt Asay.

Open source has never been more important or, ironically, irrelevant. As developers increasingly embrace the cloud to shorten time to market, they're speeding past open source, making it even harder to build an open source business. After all, if open source were largely a way for developers to skirt legal and purchasing departments to get the software they needed when they needed it, the cloud ups that convenience to the nth degree. In Accel's annual business review, the vaunted venture capital firm writes: "'Product' is no longer just the bits of software, it's also how the software is sold, supported, and made successful." The cloud is changing the way all software is consumed, including open source.

The cloud is eating your database

The database market, where open source databases like MySQL and Postgres have dominated adoption for years, makes the shift to cloud readily apparent. Even among this open source elite, the cloud is making waves. More recently, MongoDB, Cassandra, and Redis have climbed to rank among the top 10 most popular databases, as shown in DB-Engines most recent findings...

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Blue Medora SelectStar Unites Database and Infrastructure Monitoring Across Cloud and Virtualized Environments

Grazed from Blue Medora

Blue Medora, a leading innovator in enterprise cloud and data centre management, today announced SelectStar, a new IT operational analytics (ITOA) platform that combines comprehensive database and cloud infrastructure monitoring to help organisations track and optimise critical database performance and availability metrics.

The solution is available as a comprehensive Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that deploys in less than 15 minutes. SelectStar delivers a normalised view of more than 90 percent of production cloud-native or on-premises databases and their underlying cloud or virtualised infrastructure, ideal for multiple database architectures.

Migrating Your Database to the Cloud?

Grazed from CloudExpo. Author: Mike Azevedo.

Companies are migrating infrastructure to the cloud in order to achieve advantages and agility that they need to remain competitive. However, they may have difficulty achieving one extremely important benefit of cloud computing as they attempt to run their MySQL databases in the cloud - scalability in true utility fashion.

Similar to the power utilities we are all familiar with, this entails the ability to get what you need, when you need it and pay for only what you use, even during peak demand. Why switch to the cloud if databases like MySQL limit scalability and performance? It's very simple: the advantages of shedding the headaches of managing one's own machines and reducing operating and capital expenditures are still too great to ignore...

Severalnines and WooServers bring ClusterControl to web hosting

Grazed from Severalnines and WooServers

Severalnines, the provider of database automation and management software for open source databases, today announced its latest partnership with WooServers. WooServers is a web hosting platform, used by 5,500 businesses, such as WhiteSharkMedia and SwiftServe to host their websites and applications.

WooServers will make available, in this partnership with Severalnines, a managed service that includes comprehensive infrastructure automation and management of MySQL-based database clusters. The service is available on WooServers data centers, as well as on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The main target group is online businesses who rely on solid IT infrastructure, but wish to avoid the operational heavy lifting of managing high availability databases across data centers, or even across different cloud providers.
 

Cloud Computing: Meet Microsoft's 'planet scale' NoSQL database

Grazed from CIO. Author: Mary Branscombe.

Given the strength of SQL Server in business, you might be surprised to learn that Microsoft has spent the last five years building a distributed NoSQL database – until you remember that services like Power BI, Bing and the Office Web apps face the same challenges as services like Netflix. They’re problems more and more enterprises have to deal with too: the deluge of data, the demands of mobility and the need for low latency even though you’re relying on cloud services.

That’s why Microsoft’s Dharma Shukla, who previously built key technologies like Windows Workflow Foundation (and worked on both Live Mesh and the never-shipped Courier tablet), has been developing Microsoft’s global-scale distributed database since the end of 2010. DocumentDB, which launched in April 2015, emphasizes the fact that NoSQL really stands for “not only SQL,” because the aim is to give you the best of both worlds...

SAP's Latest HANA Release Features New Hybrid Cloud Approach

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jef Cozza.

The latest release of the SAP HANA platform announced yesterday at the Sapphire Now conference in Orlando, Fla., promises to bring enterprise customers some major new cloud capabilities. The SPS 12 update features a hybrid cloud approach to popular database management systems that SAP said will bring cloud capabilities to on-premises deployments.

“Our new beta program breaks down the traditional silos of on-premise and cloud, allowing customers to freely use both approaches for greater agility,” said Daniel Schneiss, senior vice president and global head, SAP HANA Platform and Databases, SAP. The true hybrid model lets organizations test the impact of IT system change requirements in the cloud before they commit the upgrades to an on-premise environment -- ultimately promoting cost-effective IT management, Schneiss said. "We designed the program in close collaboration with our customers to shape the next wave of data management services in the cloud," he added...

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Amazon Web Services Says Over 1,000 Databases Moved to Cloud Since January 1

Grazed from Gadgets360. Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon.com's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, said that more than 1,000 databases have been moved to the AWS cloud by customers since the beginning of the year. The AWS Data Migration Service, which allows migration of databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB and PostgreSQL from on-premises data centres to AWS, is now available to all customers, the company said on Tuesday.

Amazon Web Services said that Expedia, Pegasystems, and Thomas Publishing are among many of the customers who have moved on-premises databases to Amazon Aurora and other Amazon RDS engines. Cloud computing is the fastest growing business for Amazon, which until recently was mostly known as an online marketplace...

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Cloud Computing: Microsoft is bringing SQL Server to Linux next year

Grazed from theInquirer. Author: Daniel Robinson.

In an unexpected move, Microsoft has announced that it is prepping a version of SQL Server for Linux systems. The company has provided public preview releases of SQL Server 2016 since May last year, and the release candidate version was last updated at the start of this month. Microsoft will now herald the arrival of SQL Server 2016 with a Data Driven event in New York on 10 March culminating in general availability of the platform later this year.

However, Microsoft has announced that it will also bring SQL Server to Linux, starting with the core relational database capabilities currently available in the private preview release and full availability slated for the middle of 2017. Bringing SQL Server to Linux will enable Microsoft to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premise and cloud, according to Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group...