IBM to Purchase Cloudant Database-as-a-service (DBaaS) Provider

Grazed from AppDeveloperMagazine.  Author: Richard Harris.

IBM has announced an agreement to acquire Cloudant a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider. Cloudant, an active participant and contributor to the open source database community Apache CouchDBTM, offers elastic scalability and innovative mobile device synchronization through its JSON cloud-based data service which allows mobile and web developers to store and access mobile data through an API.
Cloudant complements IBM’s big data and analyticscloud computing and mobileofferings beyond traditional data management by providing a database-as-a-service that enables clients to simplify and accelerate the development of scalable mobile and web apps. Cloudant also is integral to IBM's MobileFirst solutions which enables developers who use Worklight, IBM's mobile app development software, to create scalable apps that include a variety of structured and unstructured data...

Cloud Computing: Rackspace Promotes ObjectRocket MongoDB as a Service

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Jessica Davis.

MongoDB may or may not be on most MSPs' radar. Yet. But the fact that one big cloud services provider is heavily promoting customer use cases for its new cloud-hosted value-added MongoDB as a service indicates that maybe it should be on your radar.

About a year after its acquisition of MongoDB as a service provider ObjectRocket, Rackspace (RAX) has begun promoting customer use cases of the service. MongoDB, an open source noSQL database (often used for big data analytics and scaling large volumes of mobile app data) came up recently in the company's quarterly earnings call with analysts, and also in a webcast that looked at two use cases of the technology...

Cloud Computing: Heroku targets MongoDB with new Postgres V8 feature

Grazed from GigaOm. Author: Derrick Harris.

Heroku has rolled out a new feature in its Heroku Postgres service that lets the database act a lot more like NoSQL fave MongoDB. It’s probably good news for Heroku’s revenues and database customers, although possibly less so for the MongoDB-based services that the platform-as-a-service provider also supports.

In a nutshell, the new feature, called PL/V8 is Google’s V8 engine for running JavaScript, but turned into a procedural language within the Postgres database. V8 already runs within MongoDB and is part of what makes that database so adept at handling the JSON data type that is common among web applications. Because they are schemaless, JSON files let developers and applications work with different data types that might not fit within the rigid structure required by relational databases...

Lunacloud Launches Cloud Mongo, a MongoDB-as-a-Service Offer

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

One month after opening its EU Central datacenter in France, Lunacloud announces the launch of Cloud Mongo, its cloud-based service of the popular MongoDB database. Lunacloud is the only cloud provider in Europe with a MongoDB service provided on a pay per usage model.

Cloud Mongo is a NoSQL database service built with MongoDB, which allows users to work with their favourite database without having to worry about server, operating system or database engine installation and management. These services are included in Cloud Mongo, which is a resilient and performance-optimized cloud platform service, guaranteed by Lunacloud...

SoftLayer and Basho team up for high-performance database-as-a-service offering

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Jane McCallion.

IaaS player SoftLayer and distributed software company Basho have come together in order to offer the latter’s NoSQL Riak database as a service operating on SoftLayer’s cloud. The companies claim the collaboration will make the open source database more accessible and flexible, as it is available on a pay-as-you-go basis. Marc Jones, vice president of product innovation at SoftLayer told Cloud Pro: “The overall goal is to launch a product on the SoftLayer platform that is very easy for customers to get started with their Riak and Riak enterprise deployments.

“We want to make it simple, starting from the up-front ordering process. We have designed what we call a solution designer and it allows customers to dynamically build Riak clusters and specify which SoftLayer data centre they want to build it in. So it’s not quite wizard style, but it is very easy to walk through.”...

Cloud Computing: Joyent Offers NoSQL Database As A Service

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

While database software such as Oracle or MySQL has been available for some time on Amazon Web Services, only a handful of cases exist where a customer may go to a service provider and get a scalable, NoSQL database as a service. A predecessor service meeting that description is Amazon Web Services' DynamoDB, which is still a beta offering.

Joyent is a San Francisco infrastructure-as-a-service provider that has marched to a different drumbeat from its entry into the cloud market. The firm's staff includes Sun Solaris expertise and it builds infrastructure based on an open source derivative of Solaris that it calls SmartOS. Gartner has put Joyent in its "challenger's" quadrant for the cloud marketplace...

The unpleasant truths about database-as-a-service

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The recent announcement of Amazon.com's Redshift -- and other cloud-delivered databases, for that matter -- makes it clear we're moving to a future where some or even most of our data will exist in public clouds. Although the cost savings are compelling, I believe this migration will happen much more slowly than cloud providers predict. Indeed, for the Global 2000, cloud-based data stores will initially be a very hard sell, though the poorer small businesses won't have any other choice, economically speaking.

That said, there are a few problems you need to consider before you load your data onto USB drives and ship it to a cloud computing data center. First and foremost, you're dumping your data onto USB drives, when are then dropped off at UPS. No kidding -- it's too much data to upload. There are other problems to consider as well...