June 19, 2013
Recent news tells us that Netflix, Openwave Messaging, and Ooyala have moved away from Oracle and into the DataStax fold. DataStax is an Apache Cassandra based enterprise and Big Data solution centered on NoSQL database architecture. The latest news by ZDNet is offered in their article, “DataStax CEO: Open source databases onslaught for Oracle.”
The article begins:
“Enterprises are increasingly moving to open source database to cut their dependence on Oracle, Apache Cassandra has a strong community resistant to fracturing and business leaders are calling the tech shots at first over CIOs. Those are some of the key takeaways from my chat with DataStax CEO Billy Bosworth. Bosworth, a former Oracle database admin and executive at Quest Software, has been pushing an enterprise version of the Apache Cassandra NoSQL database platform.”
While NoSQL databases are making a strong showing, there are other open source search architectures to choose from as well. For instance, LucidWorks builds its value-added open source search and Big Data solutions on top of the trusted power of Apache Lucene Solr. But LucidWorks sets itself apart by offering an industry-leading support and services package, which sets enterprise developers and users at ease.
Emily Rae Aldridge, June 19, 2013
May 28, 2013
Antony Falco was a co-founder of the Basho Riak distributed open source database. However, he has changed directions and is working on a new project. Read about Falco’s latest project in the TechCrunch article, “Basho Co-Founder Raises $3M To Launch Orchestrate.io, A Twilio For Databases.”
The article begins:
“Basho Co-Founder Antony Falco has raised $3 million for Orchestrate.io, a database API similar to Twilio in its capability to ease the complexity of adding features to mobile and web applications. True Ventures led this initial round joined by Frontline Ventures and Resonant Venture Partners. Falco, who left Basho a few months ago, said Orchestrate.io solves the problems that developers face when building feature-rich applications. Often it means adding multiple databases for geo-spatial, time series or any number of other features.”
The article goes on to explain that the limits of scale of relational databases has led large tech companies like Google and Amazon to develop new types of databases for high-volume queries. Falco hopes his new service will add functionality by pulling the data through an API. He is using existing open source databases to build the project, including Riak.
This is an example of the type of creativity and innovation that flourishes in the open source community. Also in the open source field serving enterprises, LucidWorks focuses on another angle, enterprise search and Big Data. These elements are complimentary, with organizations finding that open source solutions often pair well together, adapting and scaling efficiently.
Emily Rae Aldridge, May 28, 2013
May 14, 2013
New York-based print and digital educational content company, Triumph Learning, has struck up a partnership with taxonomy development leader Access Innovations, Inc. Together, they will be creating a new taxonomy designed to align standards-based instructional content for the k-1 education market. The news release, “Triumph Learning Partners with Access Innovations on Common Core Standards-Integrated Taxonomy,” explains more.
Content management can be a difficult challenge for companies like Triumph learning but Access Innovations facilitated a more efficient management system by developing and building taxonomy out of a structured vocabulary for math and English.
We learned about how the Common Core State Standards apply:
The Common Core State Standards provide concepts and terminology that Triumph Learning writers and editors can use to link pieces of content such as instruction and practice activities, as well as other supplemental material, to corresponding grade-level standards. ‘By using Access Innovations expertise we will be able to properly align our content for both teachers and students,’ said Aoife Dempsey, Chief Technology Officer at Triumph Learning.
For a company that has been around since 1978, Access Innovations truly lives up to their name. Their database and taxonomy creation capabilities and semantic integration technology stand out among others and it looks like their spotlight will continue to shine — especially now that they are involved in bolstering educational reform on a national level.
Megan Feil, May 14, 2013
April 30, 2013
For some folks, deadlines can lead to innovation. One graduate student’s efforts to speed up his research has resulted in the inspired, high-speed parallel database MapD, we learn from DataInformed‘s encouraging piece, “Fast Database Emerges from MIT Class, GPUs and Student’s Invention.” Todd Mostak’s in-a-pinch breakthrough could soon help others in business as well as academia.
The informative article contains too many specifics to cover here, but I suggest checking it out. It should be fascinating reading for anyone interested in data management. I personally think the use of graphics processors designed for gaming is a stroke of genius. Or maybe desperation (the two can be closely related). Reporter Ian B. Murphy tells us:
“While taking a class on databases at MIT, Mostak built a new parallel database, called MapD, that allows him to crunch complex spatial and GIS data in milliseconds, using off-the-shelf gaming graphical processing units (GPU) like a rack of mini supercomputers. Mostak reports performance gains upwards of 70 times faster than CPU-based systems. . . .
“‘I had the realization that this had the potential to be majorly disruptive,’ Mostak said. ‘There have been all these little research pieces about this algorithm or that algorithm on the GPU, but I thought, “Somebody needs to make an end-to-end system.” I was shocked that it really hadn’t been done.’”
Well, sometimes it takes someone from outside a field to see what seems obvious in retrospect. Mostak’s undergraduate experience was in economics, anthropology, and math, and he was in Harvard’s Middle Eastern Studies program when he was compelled to develop MapD. A database class at MITgave him the knowledge he needed to build this tool, which he created to help with the tweet-heavy, Arab Spring-related thesis he was working on.
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has now snapped up the innovator. Though some questioned hiring someone with such a lean computer-science education, Lab director Sam Madden knows that Mostak’s unconventional background only means he has a unique point of view. The nascent computer scientist has already shown he has the talent to make it in this field.
Though Mostak says he still has work ahead to perfect his system, he does plan to share MapD as an open source project in the near future. Is he concerned about opening his work to the public? Nope; he states:
“If worse comes to worst, and somebody steals the idea, or nobody likes it, then I have a million other things I want to do too, in my head. I don’t think you can be scared. Life is too short.”
That it is. I suspect we will be hearing more from this creative thinker in the years to come.
Cynthia Murrell, April 30, 2013
April 24, 2013
Hadoop has been in the headlines lately for its major changes and how it is being integrated into more organizations. PR NewsWire takes a look at the open source database platform and what it predicts will happen for the company in the future in, “Global Hadoop Market 2012-2016-Lack Of Trained Professionals To Be A Major Challenge.” The article examines a recent TechNavio report that analyzes the Global Hadoop Market 2012-2016. TechNavio predicts Hadoop will grow at a CAGR 55.63%, mainly due to rise in big data analytics and the company offering Hadoop-as-a-service. While technology and service wise Hadoop is doing well, it faces a deficit in trained professionals who can do the work.
“’The demand for cost-effective Hadoop-based big data solutions is driving this market. Organizations understand the importance of big data solutions, but installing and hiring new professionals to deploy them is a costly affair. As a result, organizations and decision makers are adopting Hadoop-as-a-service (HDaaS) solutions that provide cost-effective big data management and analytics. HDaaS solutions offer the necessary hardware, software, and services required to support big data management at low subscription fees.’”
What seemed to be a straight shoot, Hadoop is facing a problem that might limit its growth and development. HaaS does take care of part of the problem, but someone still has to work with the software. Will Hadoop innovation shift to where the proficient professionals are? We think it is a strong possibility.
Whitney Grace, April 24, 2013
April 19, 2013
DataStax is a leader in NoSQL database solutions, particularly based on Cassandra. They have made recent headlines as DataStax, and others like them, are slowly chipping away at the historically overwhelming market share of Oracle. Now they are making headlines for hosting some upcoming professional development opportunities. Read more in the article, “DataStax Announces Big Data Days by the Bays — Hosts Cassandra Summit in San Francisco and Sponsors Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit in Half Moon Bay.”
The article begins:
“DataStax, the company that powers the big data apps that transform business, today announced two major events taking place in the Bay Area during June, the Cassandra Summit 2013 and the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit. Big data is today’s defining technology trend, transforming industries ranging from retail and finance to media and health care. As a leading big data platform provider, DataStax is hosting the Cassandra Summit and sponsoring the Bloomberg Summit.”
But in addition to DataStax, many value-added open source leaders offer great customer service and training opportunities. LucidWorks is another known for setting the industry standard for development support as well as customer support and training.
Emily Rae Aldridge, April 19, 2013
April 18, 2013
Oracle is a company that has made a name for its self in information storage, primarily databases, and ranks third in the country as a software makers behind only Microsoft and IBM. But the tables may be turning for Oracle. Read how in the article, “Oracle Is Bleeding At The Hands Of Database Rivals.”
The article sums up the issue:
“Something is seriously wrong in Larry Land. Oracle does not command absolute control like it once did. You can see this clearly with the earnings the company posted last week and the growth that startups like Datastax are witnessing as more customers seek alternative databases for online applications.”
Startups are indeed taking a chunk out of the proprietary vendor market. Not only is this a trend in the world of content storage and management, but also in terms of enterprise search. SharePoint is the solution that developers and users are least excited about. Instead, talk turns to the up and coming open source initiatives that are more scalable, efficient, intuitive, and cost-effective. Take LucidWorks for instance. Not only does it provide open source based enterprise search on par with any proprietary solution, but it boasts award winning support and training and the power of Apache Lucene/Solr. Most companies are seeing open source value-added software as a no-brainer solution to their information needs.
Emily Rae Aldridge, April 18, 2013
April 12, 2013
We want to let you in on the chance to download a free book from the entity ebookquotessui at Taiwanese media site Pixnet. This Oracle XSQL book is older, published in 2003, but full of information that has not expired. Hey, the price is right! The description reads:
“Discover how to combine the power of SQL, XML, and XSLT to publish dynamic Web content using XSQL. XSQL isn’t just some razzle-dazzle technology. It allows you to easily leverage the most robust, mature, and usable technologies in the industry: SQL, HTML, HTTP, XML, Java, and the Oracle RDBMS. With an exciting first look at XSQL, this innovative book shows you how to bring all of these powerful technologies together in order to publish dynamic Web content. You’ll first find a comprehensive discussion of how XSQL relates to each of these technologies. Then you’ll learn how you can use XSQL to present your database data on the Web instantly. The numerous code examples will show you how to develop a complete application with just XSQL and XSLT.”
It goes on to promise a solid approach to building Web applications and services from Oracle database data. Tips on building custom action handlers are included, as is a section on using serializers to produce images and PDF files. A companion website provides all of the code examples used by the author.
Cynthia Murrell, April 12, 2013
April 6, 2013
Some welcome enhancements to MongoDB are included in the open-source data base’s latest release, we learn from “MongoDB 2.4 Can Now Search Text,” posted at the H Open. The ability to search text indexes has been one of the most requested features, and the indexing supports 14 languages (or no language at all.) The write-up supplies this handy link to a discussion of techniques for creating and searching text indexes.
The post describes a second feature of MongoDB 2.4, the hashed index and sharding:
“Hash-based sharding allows data and CPU load to be spread well between distributed database nodes in a simple to implement way. The developers recommend it for cases of randomly accessed documents or unpredictable access patterns. New Geospatial indexes with support for GeoJSON and spherical geometry allow for 2dsphere indexing; this, in turn, offers better spherical queries and can store points, lines and polygons.”
There is also a new modular authentication system, though its availability is limited so far. The project has also: added support for fixed sized arrays in documents; optimized counting performance in the execution engine; and added a working set size analyzer. See the article for more details, or see the release notes, which include upgrade instructions. The newest version can be downloaded here.
Cynthia Murrell, April 06, 2013
March 28, 2013
MongoDB is a go-to in the NoSQL database realm. The product has steadily gained more and more followers for its ability to house large amounts of data across several computer servers. The company behind Mongo, 10gen, is upping the game and appealing to the broader (and harder to please) enterprise crowd. Read the full details in the Wired article, “NoSQL Database MongoDB Reaches Beyond Software Coders.”
The articles states:
“But the company that develops Mongo — 10gen — is hoping to reach beyond the developers and into big businesses. On Tuesday, with this in mind, the company unveiled the ‘enterprise edition’ of the database that’s specifically designed for use in the business world. The version of the database includes a few tools you won’t find in the open source code. It’s an approach known as ‘open core’ — building proprietary features on an open source foundation.”
The open core model is a successful one. In fact, part of Mongo’s latest news is their partnership with LucidWorks, a company that pioneered the open core model. LucidWorks specializes in enterprise search through Apache Lucene and Solr. When the storage power of MongoDB’s NoSQL meets the search and discovery function of LucidWorks, enterprises are sure to find a winning combination.
Emily Rae Aldridge, March 28, 2013