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Facebook launches project for web-scale MySQL

May 28, 2014

Facebook has announced a collaboration with some of the web's other largest companies - including Google, LinkedIn and Twitter - in order to build a new web-scale variant of MySQL that will be more suited to large-scale applications.

Called WebScaleSQL, the traditional rivals are working together to share a common base of code changes to the upstream MySQL branch that all participants will be able to use, and which will be made available to the wider community as open source.

In a blog post, Facebook software engineer Steaphan Greene explained all the collaborators are facing similar challenges in running MySQL deployments at scale and are looking to extract better performance from a technology that is otherwise well-tailored to their needs.

He said: "We aim to create a more integrated system of knowledge-sharing to help companies leverage the great features already found in MySQL 5.6, while building and adding more features that are specific to deployments in large scale environments."

Engineers from Facebook, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn have already contributed code and provided feedback to each other over the last four months to help create a new, more unified and more collaborative branch of MySQL, he added.

So far, achievements of the project include an automated framework that will run and publish the results of MySQL's built-in test system for each proposed change, a full new suite of stress tests, changes to improve the performance of WebScaleSQL and new features that make operating the database solution at scale easier, such as super_read_only and the ability to specify sub-second client timeouts.

However, Mr Greene added that the companies recognise that they are not the only ones attempting to improve MySQL for a large-scale, web-based environment, which is why the project will ensure that WebScaleSQL is kept open as it develops, enabling other members of the community to contribute their solutions.

"We're excited to expand our existing work on WebScaleSQL, and we think that this collaboration represents an opportunity for the scale-oriented members of the MySQL community to work together in a more efficient and transparent way that will benefit us all," he said.

 

Severalnines CEO on architecting for failure | #PerconaLive

April 08, 2014

By Alan McStravick | Silicon Angle

Joining Jeff Frick on theCUBE at last week’s #PerconaLive event was Vinay Joosery, CEO and co-founder of Severalnines, a company whose name derives from the term connoting optimal percentage of availability DBA’s strive for. Joosery took time to share with Frick the particulars behind Severalnines, their place in the MySQL space and the importance of embracing clustering as part of a planned failure strategy.

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Businesses 'must improve' DR testing processes

March 27, 2014

Businesses have been urged to pay closer attention to their disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity testing processes, after a new survey found many firms do not do enough in this area.

A poll conducted by Plan B at last month's Cloud Expo Europe conference found that over 50 per cent of respondents admitted they never test the defences they have in place, while only 28 per cent test at least every three months. The firm noted this indicates a large disparity between those who feel strongly about testing and those who take action to make this a reality.

It observed: "Given that there is a high rate of failure of backup tapes, those who are using this lower performance method of disaster recovery and not testing it run a very high risk that they won't be able to recover as much data as quickly as they would expect in the event of a disaster."

Even among those companies that do test, less than a quarter of these conduct full end-to-end recoveries to fully practice their DR plans, which could lead to more problems if any unexpected developments occur in a real-world scenario.

Plan B observed that anyone who has undergone a live recovery process will understand that it can be a hugely chaotic and stressful environment as personnel have to rebuild platforms, configure software, iron out errors, maintain security policies and then restore the data onto the new platform.

"When the business is chasing results and the employees are keen to resume productivity this isn't the time to be learning how to perform the perfect recovery," the organisation stated. 

It said the results of the survey illustrate that there is still a lot of work to be done in order to educate companies about the importance of DR and ensure they take this seriously on an ongoing basis.

In order to secure a business' future, IT professionals need to improve their confidence in the reliability of their solutions, become more aware of the success rate of their tests and boost the frequency of these procedures, in order to be satisfied that should the worst happen, they will be fully prepared.

Hortonworks gets $100m to boost Hadoop

March 26, 2014

Hadoop developer Hortonworks is set to make a major push to improve the big data processing software with the aid of an additional $100 million in funding that has been secured from a new round of investments.

The company stated it will use the money to help the process of transforming the open-source platform into a true enterprise option, as the extra capital will help it "double down" on its founding principles of making Hadoop a serious option for the largest companies.

It has already gone some way towards this with the launch last year of Hadoop 2.0, which brought in a range of new features to make the management and processing of data easier, faster and more secure. The update added a range of core enterprise requirements, such as security, operations management and data governance tools, while remaining true to the open-source principles at the heart of the solution.

Chief executive of Hortonworks Rob Bearden said: "This funding will enable us to accelerate our investments to expand the reach of our organisation to service our growing and increasingly global customer base."

He added: "There is absolutely no doubt interest in Hadoop is growing around the globe, as evidenced by next week's Hadoop Summit Europe which has completely sold out – surpassing even our most ambitious expectations."

To achieve its goals, he noted that the company's future strategy will be focused in two areas. The first of these will be to consolidate its position as a market leader in Hadoop innovation, addressing critical enterprise requirements with open source solutions.

The company will also extend the Hadoop ecosystem and enable it to become a true modern data architecture, Mr Bearden continued.

Hadoop is rapidly becoming a central part of many business' thinking when it comes to managing and processing the increasing volumes of data they have to deal with in today's environment. A study last October conducted by International Data Corporation on behalf of Red Hat found around a third of firms had already deployed Hadoop into production, while a similar number expected to do so in the next 12 months.

Cisco to invest $1bn in world's largest cloud network

March 25, 2014

Networking specialist Cisco has unveiled plans to invest $1 billion into the creation of what it claims will be the world's largest 'global intercloud' - a connected system of cloud networks - to meet the future demands of the digital-driven environment.

It will be architected for the Internet of Everything, which is set to be one of the biggest trends of the coming years and will offer businesses a huge range of new sources of data that will need to be stored, managed and analysed.

Cisco stated its new global intercloud will feature a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, 'near infinite' scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws.

Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco, said the "time is right" for the firm and its partners to invest in ground-breaking, application-centric solutions that will improve the reach of such services and offer firms a faster time to market.

He added: "Together, we have the capability to enable a seamless world of many clouds in which our customers have the choice to enable the right, highly secure cloud for the right workload, while creating strategic advantages for rapid innovation, and ultimately, business growth."

Cisco estimates that the Internet of Everything - the networked connection of people, processes, data and things - is set to represent an economic opportunity worth $19 trillion over the next decade.

However, it is likely to pose a number of challenges to businesses, which may need to overhaul their solutions in order to cope with the increasing amount of information available to them. Tools such as databases will need to be highly flexible and scalable to meet these demands, which expectations for security are also higher than ever.

Chris Gabriel, chief technology officer at Cisco partner Logicalis Group, said that as more businesses look to migrate operations to the cloud, "they are demanding reliable, highly secure, open and flexible cloud platforms, layered with services and applications on top that transform their access to and use of a growing range of business transformation applications", which the new project aims to help secure for companies.

Percona unveils details of upcoming MySQL conference

March 24, 2014

Details of the forthcoming Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo, which gets underway next month, have been unveiled by the event's organisers.

Set to take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in California between April 1st and 4th, Percona promises attendees will experience a broad range of talks, tutorials and workshops led by MySQL industry experts, as well as "fun and informative" networking events.

One of the central activities will be a keynote panel that will discuss the challenges and opportunities involved with operating MySQL databases at scale in the coming years, hosted by chief marketing officer at Percona Terry Erisman.

The panel will feature Robert Hodges of Continuent, Fusion-io's Nisha Talagala, and Percona chief executive Peter Zaitsev, who will be looking at the challenges of operating MySQL at scale in an environment where more companies are running MySQL solutions in the cloud and downtime is very costly for mission-critical applications.

Other topics up for discussion at the panel include high availability clusters, multi-data centre replication and data storage in addition to other important future challenges.

Also taking place for the first time this year, before the official opening of the conference, will be a new Open Source Appreciation Day, which will be held on Monday March 31st and feature two events. 

The first, being run in co-operation with CentOS, will see members of the community come together to discuss systems administration, best practices and emerging technologies. Attendance is strictly limited to 75 people, so advance registration is a must.

The second event, OpenStack Today, will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from leading industry technologists, who will speak about today's fastest growing open source cloud infrastructure project, OpenStack, and how MySQL fits into the evolving OpenStack roadmap. 

Among the exhibitors at the Percona Live event will be Severalnines, which will be explaining how its Cluster Configuration can help firms deploy production-class MySQL clusters and manage all operational aspects of their clusters on their own servers or in the cloud. 

ScaleBase unveils version 3.0 of Distributed Data Platform

March 21, 2014

ScaleBase has announced the launch of its latest cloud-based data solution, which provides an opportunity for businesses to gain access to a wide range of benefits.

The new version 3.0 of its Distributed Database Platform has been unveiled and it its built on MySQL and specially optimised for the cloud. It has the potential to be a vital piece of the data jigsaw for firms in all manner of industries.

Distributed Data Platform is a highly powerful and efficient tool that allows any company that uses it to scale out to a infinite number of users, transactions and data.

What's more, such operations do not even have an effect on the existing code or MySQL infrastructure, with these remaining undisturbed by the arrival of the solution.

And it is not only with the Distributed Data Platform that ScaleBase is making progress, as it has also announced it is launching a new beta program for its latest product, the Analysis Genie.

This is a free offering that aids users in being able to scale out thanks to the use of an expert database scheme and query analysis process.

Ram Metser, chief executive officer at ScaleBase, said: "Our customers need to move from a single MySQL instance to a modern, powerful, distributed database platform. We're making that possible with Version 3.0 - and our new Analysis Genie is the value-add customers have been looking for so they can successfully automate the transition to a scaled out database."

ScaleBase has added several features to its new product that allow easy deployment and management of any database, including dynamic data optimisation, automatic analysis, transparent failover, cloud agnostics and enhanced cross-shard joins.

GenieDB, a fellow MySQL Database-as-a-Service provider, recently told how it was using an appearance at the Game Developers' Conference to highlight just how important high availability solutions are to the industry.

AWS users 'prefer self-managed databases'

March 20, 2014

Some of Amazon Web Services (AWS') most advanced users have been explaining their solutions for managing databases on the platform, with many stated they favour self-managed options over Amazon's managed offerings.

This was one of the key takeaways from a series of presentations as part of the inaugural meeting of the AWS Super Users Online Meetup Group, Tech Target reports, which saw a majority of the speakers say they run databases such as Cassandra and MySQL on the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), rather than using Amazon's Database as a Service (DBaaS) platforms, such as the Relational Database Service (RDS) and DynamoDB.

Jack Murgia, director of operations at online social learning platform Edmodo, was one of the speakers with experience of both sides, as he explained the opportunity to hand over the management of its database to AWS was highly appealed when the firm was still in the startup phase.

The firm migrated to RDS in 2011, with Mr Murgia praising the ease of setup for this. He observed the company was able to create development and quality assurance environments in just a few clicks and scale up as the firm's load increased.

However, the company encountered issues with operations such as multi-availability-zone failover and, with the database having eight replicas and each one taking around an hour to make, downtime was a concern for Endodo. Therefore, when it had the internal expertise to do so, it made the decision to switch back to a self-managed MySQL solution.

Mr Murgia said moving to a managing database is a "trade-off" businesses have to think about. He added: "Perhaps you don't have the skills, perhaps you're a small startup, so it's fine, but as you start to gain those skills and start to raise your standards of performance and availability, that's going to become an issue."

Other speakers at the event also highlighted some of the beneficial features of NoSQL database Cassandra over its managed alternatives. Joey Imbasciano, cloud platform engineer with Stackdriver, cited the simpler costs of Cassandra in comparison with AWS' DynamoDB.

He described DynamoDB's cost model as "pretty complicated", noting: "It makes it hard to estimate what the service is going to cost you until you get pretty far into a prototyping phase."

VoltDB raises $8m to boost big data solutions

March 19, 2014

Some $8 million (£4.8 million) has been made available to support the arrival of new next-generation solution to manage the growing volumes of business data.   VoltDB has announced it has secured the sum following discussions between a Silicon Valley luminary, two further investors and existing stakeholders.   The money will be used to enable the company to better support new smart applications that tap into some of the most important and innovative technological trends of the time, such as big data and the Internet of Things.   VoltDB is aiming to improve its sales and marketing operations, while it is also aiming to achieve global expansion. It currently has more than 400 commercial customers and these will be targeted with its upcoming range of highly effective solutions.   It is proud of its "no compromise" attitude when it comes to design, which ensures clients receive the world's most powerful platform. And it is not just power that is a priority of the firm's, as it also seeks to achieve unparalleled speed and capacity.   Bruce Reading, chief executive officer at VoltDB, said: "Organisations everywhere are looking to drive competitive business value from new big data applications that can consume, analyse and act on massive amounts of dynamic data in real-time."   He went on to suggest this is "exactly what VoltDB was built for", so it is no surprise the company is now witnessing demand for its products from every single part of the world.   "This new round of funding will enable us to expand to serve this growing customer base," Mr Reading stated.   Forbes recently explained that new trends within the technology market are changing the data landscape, with data warehouses now required to be more agile and innovative than ever before.   VoltDB's customers are known to utilise its in-memory architecture in order to run their everyday operations, whether they are mission critical applications, transportation systems, electricity management or advertising networks.   The company has often been dubbed the father of modern relational database technology.

Internet of Things 'to transform' how firms manage data

March 18, 2014

A huge influx of information into businesses' data centres as a result of the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to fundamentally transform the way companies store, manage and analyse their data.

This is according to Gartner, which predicted that by 2020, there will be 26 billion items in use around the world that are able to generate data and by that time, IoT product and service suppliers will generate more than $300 billion in revenue.

Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, said these deployments will create huge amounts of information, much of which will have to be processed and analysed in real-time.

He added: "Processing large quantities of IoT data in real time will increase as a proportion of workloads of data centres, leaving providers facing new security, capacity and analytics challenges."

As well as the physical and hardware challenges that this will create for businesses, the software tools firms use to manage their growing digital assets will need to be reviewed closely. For instance, database solutions will have to offer extremely fast performance and high levels of scalability in order to cope with the increased demands they will be under.

Because much of the information being generated by IoT items will be unstructured, how this is organised and managed within databases will also be a consideration that must be taken into account.

Taking advantage of technology such as cloud databases may also be highly useful for businesses, as Gartner suggested the amount of information could overwhelm traditional data centres and connectivity options.

Joe Skorupa, vice-president and distinguished analyst at the firm, said: "IoT threatens to generate massive amounts of input data from sources that are globally distributed. Transferring the entirety of that data to a single location for processing will not be technically and economically viable."

IoT is set for a major push in the next few years and it has the backing of several governments as a way to boost the global economy. Earlier this month, UK prime minister David Cameron announced his country would be investing £45 million of funding into research for the technology.

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