• Top 5 open source tools for MySQL administrators
    by Michael Coburn on December 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Michael Coburn is a product manager at Percona. For database administrators (DBAs), keeping databases running at peak performance can be a little like spinning plates: It takes agility, concentration, quick reactions, a cool head, and an occasional call out from a helpful onlooker. Databases […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: The trifecta for your next-generation database: cloud, platform-as-a-service, and open source
    by David Yahalom on December 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    2017 has been a pivotal year for the database technologies market, with several massive paradigm shifts that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Companies are pivoting away from the traditional monolithic database architectures which, for decades, powered generations after generations of […]

  • What is NoSQL? NoSQL databases explained
    by Serdar Yegulalp on December 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    One of the most fundamental choices to make when developing an application is whether to use a SQL or NoSQL database to store the data. Conventional SQL (i.e. relational) databases are the product of decades of technology evolution, good practice, and real-world stress testing. They are designed […]

  • Why old-school PostgreSQL is so hip again
    by Matt Asay on December 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    PostgreSQL (aka Postgres) is old as dirt, yet over the past five years it has panned out as pure gold. MongoDB got the billion-dollar IPO and AWS launched the mind-bendingly cool Aurora Serverless, but it’s PostgreSQL that keeps having its moment—again and again and again.Now the […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Are you treating your data as an asset?
    by Paul Stringfellow on November 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    It’s a phrase we constantly hear, isn’t it? Data is a crucial business asset from which we can extract value and gain competitive advantage. Those who use data well will be the success stories of the future.This got me thinking: If data is such a major asset, why do we hear so many […]

  • Azure Databricks: Fast analytics in the cloud with Apache Spark
    by Simon Bisson on November 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

    We’re living in a world of big data. The current generation of line-of-business computer systems generate terabytes of data every year, tracking sales and production through CRM and ERP. It’s a flood of data that’s only going to get bigger as we add the sensors of the industrial […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Use the cloud to create open, connected data lakes for AI, not data swamps
    by David Taieb on November 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Produced by every single organization, data is the common denominator across industries as we look to advance how cloud and AI are incorporated into our operations and daily lives. Before the potential of cloud-powered data science and AI is fully realized, however, we first face the challenge of […]

  • NoSQL standouts: The best document databases
    by Serdar Yegulalp on November 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    “The right tool for the right job.” If such wisdom holds true anywhere, it certainly holds true with the choice of database a developer picks for a given application. Document databases, one of the family of data products collectively referred to as “NoSQL,” are for […]

  • Real-time machine learning with TensorFlow, Kafka, and MemSQL
    by Gary Orenstein on November 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

    TensorFlow has emerged as one of the leading machine learning libraries, and when combined with an operational database, it provides the foundation for quickly building sophisticated machine learning workflows.In this post, we will explore a machine learning workflow using a speed dating dataset. […]

  • How to choose a database for your microservices
    by Jeff Carpenter on November 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Jeff Carpenter is a technical evangelist at DataStax.The past 10 years have seen the explosive growth of large-scale distributed systems. This trend has produced a whirlwind of creativity in the database world that is arguably without precedent in the history of the software industry. The result is […]

  • NoSQL standouts: The best key-value databases compared
    by Serdar Yegulalp on October 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Most applications need some form of persistence—a way to store the data outside the application for safekeeping. The most basic way is to write data to the file system, but that can quickly become a slow and unwieldy way to solve the problem. A full-blown database provides a powerful way to […]

  • 7 keys to better MySQL performance
    by Peter Zaitsev on October 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Peter Zaitsev is the co-founder and CEO of Percona.One of the ways we measure applications is through performance. One of the metrics for application performance is user experience, which generally translates to “did the user need to wait longer than a reasonable amount of time to get […]

  • Testing with the InMemory provider in Entity Framework
    by Joydip Kanjilal on October 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

    The InMemory database provider is an exciting feature in newer versions of Entity Framework, Microsoft’s open source ORM (object-relational mapper) framework for ADO.Net. Entity Framework simplifies data access in your .Net application by allowing you to write code to perform CRUD operations […]

  • How to use Redis for real-time metering applications
    by Roshan Kumar on October 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Roshan Kumar is senior product manager at Redis Labs.Metering is not just a simple counting problem. Metering is often confused with measuring, but it is usually more than that. Metering does involve measuring, but as an ongoing process, usually with the goal of regulating the usage or flow of […]

  • Making sense of Microsoft’s graph database strategy
    by Simon Bisson on October 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    It’s taken some time, but Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn is finally starting to show some interesting results, with LinkedIn data starting to show up in tools like Outlook. It’s the first sign of Microsoft using the social network’s relationship graph, the […]

  • The cloud computing wars have forgotten the enterprise
    by David Linthicum on October 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

    At this week’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison announced his company’s new autonomous database product. However, Larry being Larry, he took several minutes to disparage Amazon Web Services, especially its Redshift database technology.AWS dominates the cloud […]

  • What’s new in MySQL 8.0
    by Serdar Yegulalp on September 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    MySQL, the popular open-source database that’s a standard element in many web application stacks, has unveiled the first release candidate for version 8.0.Features to be rolled out in MySQL 8.0 include:First-class support for Unicode 9.0 out of the box. Window functions and recursive SQL […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: What real-time application pattern works for you?
    by John Piekos on September 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    At first glance, building a real-time application may sound like a daunting proposition, one that involves technical challenges as well as a significant financial investment, especially when you have an application goal of responding within a fraction of a second. But advances in hardware, […]

  • Bossie Awards 2017: The best databases and analytics tools
    by Martin Heller, Steven Nunez, Andrew C. Oliver on September 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

    The best open source databases and data analytics toolsImage by IDGWe’ve watched a parade of NoSQL databases march through the Bossies the last few years. Well, SQL has had enough! Our 2017 winners include two examples of scale-out SQL databases, along with the usual gang of […]

  • Bossies 2017: The Best of Open Source Software Awards
    by Doug Dineley on September 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Open source software isn’t what it used to be. The term used to conjure images of the lone developer, working into the night and through weekends, banging out line after line of code to scratch a personal itch or realize a personal vision. But with each passing year—and every new survey […]