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As the world's most popular web database, MySQL has quickly become the leading database for the cloud, with most providers offering MySQL-based services.
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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[Read more...]
When participating recently in a sprint held at Google to document four free software projects, I thought about what might have prompted Google to invest in this effort. Their willingness to provide a hotel, work space, and food for some thirty participants, along with staff support all week long, demonstrates their commitment to nurturing open source.
Google is one of several companies for which I'll coin the term "closed core." The code on which they build their business and make their money is secret. (And given the enormous infrastructure it takes to provide a search service, opening the source code wouldn't do much to stimulate competition, as I point out in a posting on O'Reilly's radar[Read more...]
I'm about to take a week off from my new gig as COO at Zendesk and it got me reflecting on the company and my decision to join. I stayed with MySQL through the Sun acquisition and left when Oracle acquired Sun. Although I have a lot of respect for Oracle, it seemed to me the only interesting jobs would be those that report directly to Larry Ellison. So I took some time off to travel, worked as an EIR at Scale Ventures for a few months and began thinking about what I wanted to do next.
I turned down offers from companies and investors to come in and "repeat the MySQL playbook" in Big Data or NoSQL[Read more...]
My previous post focused on some of the problems of doing multi-tenant MySQL.
One of the reasons why I started hacking on Drizzle was that the multi-tenancy options for MySQL just weren’t very good (this is also the reason why I run my blog in a VM and not a shared hosting solution).
What you really want is to be able to give your users access to a virtual database server. What you don’t want is to be administering a separate database server for each of your users. What you want are CATALOGs.
A CATALOG is a collection of SCHEMAs (which have TABLEs in them). Each CATALOG is isolated from all the others. Once you connect to a catalog, that’s it. They are entirely separate units. There are no cross-catalog queries or CHANGE CATALOG commands. It is as[Read more...]
A special extended edition of Tech Messages for 2010-12-22 through 2011-01-04:
I only recently found out about GigaOm's upcoming Net:Work conference. It's held December 9 at UCSF Mission Bay conference center. While the name of the conference is a bit ambiguous, the actual area of focus is very clear: how will we collaborate in the 21st century?
The impact of smartphones, tablet computing, social networks, Software-as-a-Service and Cloud computing is just starting. As a result, I think there are tremendous opportunities for startup companies to disrupt existing markets with more modern, lightweight applications[Read more...]
I wrote a guest column for GigaOm on how open source software, cloud and software as a service are helping to bring about the consumerization of IT: namely bringing simplicity where complexity reigned. I cited some examples including New Relic, Box.net and Apple.
Open source has gone a long way toward putting power back in the hands of developers, who can download, install and deploy software without having to go through any kind of convoluted sales or budget approval process. You want MySQL? You can download and install in
I have been a little bit stubborn on my concession that cloud computing is really going to be the wave of the future. Though lately I have been playing with a lot of cloud related technologies and am hooked. Spin up 10 (or 100) Linux servers in a minute from a web page with no real systems management skills and then you[Read more...]
There has been no shortage of lively discussion on open source software licenses with recent shifts in the top licenses, perspectives on the licenses or lack of them for networked, SaaS and cloud-based software, increased prominence of a Microsoft open source license and concern over the openness (or closedness, depending on your perspedtive) of the latest devices. Amid all of it, we’re pleased to present our latest long-form report, CAOS 12 - The Myth of Open Source License[Read more...]
A lot of people are into the whole cloud computing scenario these days. However, no one has talked about offering DBA-like services in the cloud, all automated, so that startups don’t have to get their own DBAs.
Enter FathomDB. They are poised to offer databases as a service (maybe they’ll charge per database - so you can in theory run both WordPress and Mediawiki, if you prefix wp_ and mw_ in your table creation, for example). They are using MySQL. They’ve also taken the worry of running a database out - they will backup, they will setup (so you don’t have to issue GRANT commands :P), and they will also monitor your databases for you.
But what really takes the cake? The fact that they will also offer performance advisors. This totally reminds me of the MySQL[Read more...]
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