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OblakSoft Cloud Storage Engine Newsletter, June 2012
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ClouSE version 1.0b.1.2 and WordPress on S3 / Yapixx refresh is released

OblakSoft is pleased to announce the release of ClouSE version 1.0b.1.2 and WordPress on S3 / Yapixx refresh.

This release addresses performances and usability issues reported by our early adopters.  Thank you all for your feedback.

  • Support for MySQL 5.5.25

Now ClouSE supports MySQL thru 5.5.25.  To keep the distribution small, we don’t build binaries for MySQL prior to 5.5.14 anymore.  If you need one, please contact us.

  • Weblob content type improvement

Now the content type for Weblobs is set based on their name.  Previously, the content type for all Weblobs was set to application/octet-stream, which could lead to undesirable Web Browser

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ARM based data center. Inspiring.
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In a previous post I wrote ARM based servers. Since then, and thanks to all the comments and responses I got, I looked more into this ARM thing and it's absolutely fascinating...

Look at this beauty (taken from the site of Calxeda, the manufacturer):

What is it? A chip? A server? No, it's a cluster of 4 servers...

And this:







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Do You Have What it Takes? Looking for a Few Daring Open Source Engineers...
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At a time when most companies are doing all they can to maintain the status quo, SkySQL is daring to imagine a new “normal”. We’re on a mission to change the way companies interact with and manage their data, both in the enterprise and in the cloud. Along with our strategic partners, in particular MariaDB, we’re working to develop new open source database solutions that challenge proprietary enterprise solutions and business models.

To help us achieve our goal, we’re looking for a few daring open source engineers to join our team and take on the status quo:

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Join SkySQL & Maria DB at the first ever MySQL/NoSQL/Cloud Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 26-28th
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Hosted by Binlogic, the MySQL/NoSQL/Cloud Latin American Conference at the Hilton Buenos Aires in Argentina, June 26-28th, will bring together key members of the of open source database community for two intense days of technical talks and tutorials on popular open source databases like MySQL, MariaDB, and Drizzle; NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and CouchDB; and related technologies such as the Soir and Sphinx search engines.

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Why shared-storage DB clusters don't scale
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Yesterday I was asked by a customer for the reason why he had failed to achieve scale with a state-of-the-art "shared-storage" cluster. "It's a scale-out to 4 servers, but with a shared disk. And I got, after tons of work and efforts, 130% throughput, not even close to the expected 400%" he said.

Well, scale-out cannot be achieved with a shared storage and the word "shared" is the key. Scale-out is done with absolutely nothing shared or a "shared-nothing" architecture. This what makes it linear and unlimited. Any shared resource, creates a tremendous burden on each and every database server in the cluster.

In a previous post, I identified database engine activities such as buffer management, locking, thread locks/semaphores,



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SkySQL Raises Additional 2.5 Million Dollars From California Technology Ventures
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Yesterday, it was announced that SkySQL has raised an additional 2.5 million dollars in Series A funding from California Technology Ventures.

This comes along with the news of the new CEO, Patrik Sallner, taking the CEO role at SkySQL on July 1st.

Here are some relevant snippets:

“SkySQL also announced today that CTV, a venture capital fund that makes direct investments in technology and life science companies globally, invested an additional $2.5 million as part of the company’s recent A round of funding. With this latest investment, SkySQL has collected EUR 6 million to fund further growth.”

“About California Technology Ventures, LLC
California Technology Ventures, LLC is a venture capital fund that makes direct investments in technology and life science companies. CTV has built a strong reputation for its entrepreneurial approach to investing and

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SkySQL Soaring to New Heights
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In case you may have overlooked yesterday’s post from Ulf Sandberg, I thought I’d go ahead and reiterate the main points, as it is big news, at least for those interested in SkySQL.

SkySQL has been like a rocket ship with it’s growth since we started, and now we’re making some even bigger changes to help accelerate that effort further.

As Ulf announced, we’ve named a new CEO, Patrik Sallner, to take over after the initial bootstrap period.

Patrik, a former executive at F-Secure, will officially become CEO on July 1st. “Patrik comes to SkySQL with demonstrated experience in building international software and services businesses, including delivering cloud storage solutions to the world’s largest telecommunications operators. The addition of

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Scale-out your DB on ARM-based servers
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Today, I think we witnessed a small sign for a big revolution...

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/256383/dell_reaches_for_the_cloud_with_new_prototype_arm_server.html
"Dell announced a prototype low-power server with ARM processors, following a growing demand by Web companies for custom-built servers that can scale performance while reducing financial overhead on data centers"
In short, ARM (see Wikipedia definition here) is an architecture standard for processors. ARM processors are slower compared to good old x86 processors from Intel and AMD, but have power-efficiency, density and price attributes that intrigue


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Webinar 5/31: Building a multi-master, multi-region MySQL solution in the Cloud
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Growth is good, right? Yes, unless you are the one building and managing a MySQL database tier to handle all this growth! Your company has built a great new app and launched it in the cloud. And now you are seeing what many wish for: an exponential adoption of your app.  But is your database tier really up to the job?  What happens if your MySQL server fails? Can you fail over to a replica
Install and configure MySQL on EC2 with RedHat Linux
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Recently I had to turn a few EC2 instances into MySQL database servers. The third time I had to do it, I grabbed the list of steps from my previous sessions and just replayed it. Later I thought maybe polishing information a little bit and publishing a step-by-step walkthrough on the blog may help a few people. So here it is.

Before you begin.

For my MySQL instances I used the following:

  • Extra Large, High-Memory, and High-CPU instances. Although the instruction should work on any type of instance.
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.2 64-bit AMI
  • For MySQL data storage, multiple identical EBS devices attached to each instance

The configuration template provided in this post assumes the new MySQL instance only needs InnoDB storage engine.

Grab the packages.

Download the appropriate packages from MySQL web

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WordPress on S3: the beauty of simplicity
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My first computer program was written almost quarter a century ago on a BK-0010 computer.  It was very simple: the program asked the user to enter their name and then greeted the user using the entered name, like “Hello, Artem!”.  I was fascinated.  A couple of lines written in Vilnius BASIC transformed a piece of metal and silicon into a considerate thing that cared about a person’s name enough to remember it :-).  Of course, the first experience doesn’t represent the day-to-day routine of software development, but the moments when I see a couple of lines making an amazing transformation still enchant me, and remind me why I’ve been writing code all this time.

I’ve just experienced this very same first-time feeling as we’ve released

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“WordPress on Amazon S3″, OblakSoft Cloud Storage Newsletter, May 2012
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WordPress on S3: run a beautiful website on Amazon S3 cloud storage

OblakSoft is proud to introduce the 1st ever dynamic WordPress site running on top of Amazon S3: Yapixx.  Now you too can launch your own beautiful website on Amazon S3.

While Yapixx stands for Yet Another Picture Sharing Site, it is actually one of a kind.  Yapixx is WordPress that was moved to run on top of Amazon S3 storage without changing a line of code in the WordPress core engine.

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WordPress on S3: how it works
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OblakSoft is pleased to showcase how simple it is to run LAMP applications on the cloud storage.  OblakSoft configured the WordPress web publishing platform to run on Amazon S3 storage and made the recipe available for anyone to replicate.  A ready-to-run WordPress site (configured as Yapixx) – is available for public use for FREE.  Yapixx is WordPress configured as a picture sharing website that runs on top of Amazon S3 (Yapixx stands for Yet Another Picture Sharing Site).

 

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Interesting behavior of a MySQL benchmark on EC2
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I had to benchmark an EC2 instance to see whether a database could be safely moved to it. It is a good practice, which helps avoiding surprises when an instance or its storage are allocated in a noisy neighborhood, where the neighbors use so much resources that it affects the performance of our MySQL database. It is understandable that one can never get very reliable results on EC2, this is a shared environment after all, and that some fluctuations should be expected, however it is still good to know the numbers. I started my benchmarks and everything seemed fine at first, but then sometimes statistics I was getting started looking quite odd.

I was running the benchmarks on a High-CPU Extra Large Instance and couldn’t see any reliability in the results at all. I mean, in one moment I was getting poor throughput and horrible response

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Impressions from Amazon's AWS Summit in NYC
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Yesterday (4/19) I attended the AWS Summit in NYC (http://aws.amazon.com/aws-summit-2012/nyc).

I'm a big fan and also a heavy user of AWS especially S3, EC2, and naturally, RDS. In every point in time I have several dozens of AWS machines running for me out there in the East region, and in some cases when we do some special benchmarks and tests, number of EC2 and RDS machines can easily reach 3-digit. As I said, I'm a fan...

A few quotes I was able to catch and document on my laptop, on my laps...:
"When you develop an app for facebook, you must be prepared (and be afraid) that to your party, not noone will show up, but everybody will show up!"
So true! Simple and true. We all want to succeed, to have success with our app. We have to think about scaling




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Tab Sweep: jBPM5, Hibernate Logging, Grizzly 2.2.5, Cache and JPA 2.0, Observer Pattern, . . .
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Recent Tips and News on Java, Java EE 6, GlassFish & more :

Using Java Persistence API for Java SE 7 Desktop applications in NetBeans 7 (Oracle Learning Library)
Use jBPM5 embedded within a Java EE 6 application (akquinet)
If JAX-RS had an MVC framework? (Mamadou Lamine Ba)



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SkySQL Raises $4 Million in Series A Round Funding
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I am very pleased to say that earlier today, SkySQL announced it has raised $4 Million in Series A Round Funding.

Let me post the main part of the press release here:

SAN JOSE – April 18, 2012SkySQL, the first choice in affordable database solutions for the MySQL® and MariaDB® databases in the enterprise and the cloud, today announces that the company has raised $4 million in Series A funding from a number of investors, including OnCorps, an elite peer-based community of veteran technology investors and advisors committed to bringing better, cost-disruptive technologies into the mainstream. Also funding the round are European investors including Finnish Industry Investment Ltd., Spintop Ventures and Open Ocean Capital.

SkySQL will primarily use the investment to fund growth in its new product development, including adding

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Can’t Travel to Collaborate 12? Plug-in Virtually Instead! (revised schedule)
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  Plug-in to Vegas The program focuses on key topics such as high availability, virtualization, security, business intelligence, Exadata, Cloud Computing and internals.  Recently added, we switched around the schedule to include the Thursday Deep Dive, Avoiding Downtime through the Maximum … Continue reading →
MySQL Conference 2012 Day 0
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Wow! A lot has changed since the last MySQL conference I blogged about in 2007.

MySQL has been acquired twice: once as MySQL by Sun and the second time around bundled with Sun when Oracle bought Sun. The conference is no longer organized by O’Reilly but by Percona. And the MySQL database itself has changed — we were talking about new features in MySQL 5.1, which wasn’t released yet, along with Falcon (where did it go?). 5.1 has long since been released as has 5.5, and we’re now talking about 5.6 instead of 6.0. There was no “Cloud” on the horizon, nor was there MariaDB, XtraDB, Drizzle, Schooner, or any of the other offshoots of MySQL, all of which are creating a new buzz around the product.

Yet, one thing remains constant: the vibrant community around MySQL.

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Collaborate 2012 Registration is Now Open!
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http://collaborate12.ioug.org   Double Down at COLLABORATE 12- The IOUG Forum with Two Ways to Save- and a Chance to Win! The user-driven Oracle event of the year is fast-approaching, and IOUG wants you to make youreducational experience a sure bet. Between … Continue reading →
A History lesson for Cloud Detractors
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Read the original article at A History lesson for Cloud Detractors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've all seen cloud computing discussed ad nauseam on blogs, on Twitter, Quora, Stack Exchange, your mom’s Facebook page... you get the idea. The tech bloggers and performance experts often pipe in with their graphs and statistics showing clearly that dollar-for-dollar, cloud hosted virtual servers can’t compete with physical servers in performance, so why is everyone pushing them? It's just foolhardy, they say.

On the other end, management and their bean counters would

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MySQL and PostgreSQL Cloud Offerings – linux.conf.au 2012 miniconf talk by myself and Selena
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Selena and I gave a talk on the various issues of running databases “in the cloud” at the recent linux.conf.au in Ballarat. Video is up, embedded below:

Top Ten for 2011
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It’s almost the end of the year – that means holiday cards, shopping, cooking, parties, and the inevitable year-end top lists (including gems like this one).

In the spirit of end of year list making, we fed our 60+ blogs this year through Google Analytics to find out what our own top ten blogs were (outside of product announcements). So if you missed an episode of the View (TokuView that is) we’ve got a Tokutek Top Ten for you (spoiler alert – they are mostly technical):

10. Cage Match: OldSQL, NoSQL and NewSQL – References to

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Fake O'Reilly Covers
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Here are some of the fake O'Reilly book covers I mentioned in a prior post.  These have been optimized for use as black & white Kindle screensaver wallpaper images.  If you haven't done so already, you can install a Kindle screensaver hack with a couple of downloads. 

Update: I've embedded a slideshow from PicasaWeb, but it requires Flash.  If you don't see it you can click on the links below to go directly to



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Limelight Networks Chooses TokuDB for New Cloud Storage Service
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Limelight Networks

Issue addressed: Managing metadata at exabyte scale

Delivering Agile Storage in the Cloud with Billions of Assets

The Company: Founded in 2001, Limelight Networks, Inc (NASDAQ: LLNW) is an Internet platform and services company that integrates the most business-critical parts of the online content value chain. Limelight’s cloud-based services enable customers to profit from the shift of content and advertising to the online world, from the explosive growth of mobile and connected devices, and from the migration of IT applications and

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Cloud Tech Day in Stockholm Tue Nov 29
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I'll be doing the keynote at Cloud Tech Day here in Stockholm on tuesday. I'll be speaking a bit about what Recorded Future is up to, about Clouds at Amazon and what it is like, about databases, like MySQL and MongoDB, in the Clouds and about Big Data in the Cloud! Really big data in Mongo, in MySQL and the lot.

As usual, I will express my opinions in no uncertain terms. What works? What doesn't work? What really should work, but which doesn't! What is considered new and waay cool but what is really some old technology that didn't use to work and has little chance of working now. And stuff like that, you know what it's like and maybe you even know what I am like :-)

Hope to see you on tuesday
/Karlsson
Nov 23: At Cloud Camp Stockholm
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I am Cloud Camp in Stockholm today. Some interesting ideas are bounced around, pretty cool stuff.

One thing hit me today though: the lack in innovation, in IT as a whole and in databases in particular is stunning. I have thus decided to write a few blogpost on this I think should, and probably eventually has to change, but noone wants to change it, and few even see it as a problem.

That said, I still got a few interesting ideas today, and I will test some products I saw here, and I will write a few blogpost on some of them.

I think the good usecases for clouds is also getting clearer, and that is a good thing. In difference to the current IT trends, IT press and many high-profile bloggers as well as IT influencers, I do not think that cloud computing will help resolve the conflict in the middle





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Clouds in Stockholm
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I'll be at Cloud Camp here in Stockholm on November 23. Some familiar faces will be there, beyond yours truly then. I will discuss and present some real-live Database Cloud experiences, but as this is an unconference, don't expect slides, rather I will talk from my heart and give you some annoying and upsetting views on how things really are. Really!

I hope to see you there, pop by and say hello!
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Public Clouds: Trust but Verify
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Review of Thursday’s Cloud Events in Boston

Everyone is well aware by now of the EC2 outage that Amazon had back in April and it would have surprised no one if that high profile had put a damper on cloud adoption. But judging what we heard yesterday at Boston’s two cloud events (MassTLC’s Cloud Computing Summit and Vilna’s Moving Your Data to the Cloud Panel), cloud solutions can work just fine. For example, there was the customer story told by Douglas Kim, Managing Director, Global Head, PaaS & Cloud Computing at

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From Under the Desk to the Cloud
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Review of the O’Reilly Strata Making Data Work Conference

(reprinted from my guest blog for the Cloud Council of 7)

Monica Rogati of LinkedIn told a story of the early days at the firm, when the reporting system consisted of a single server under someone’s desk. One day, someone needed an Ethernet cable and unplugged the machine from the data outlet in the wall. LinkedIn’s data reporting, its life blood, instantly came to a

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