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TempoDB’s timely DBaaS for the Internet of Things. ScaleBase 2.0. And more
For 451 Research clients: TempoDB has timely database service for the Internet of Things bit.ly/YcQuqA
— Matt Aslett (@maslett) February 13, 2013
For 451 Research clients: ScaleBase provides centralized management of distributed MySQL databases bit.ly/YcQTcs
— Matt Aslett (@maslett) February 13, 2013
For 451 Research clients: XtremeData turns its attention to cloud-based data warehousing bit.ly/XB7MLY
— Matt Aslett (@maslett)
DataStax and VoltDB launch their version 3.0s. And more
For 451 Research clients: DataStax adds security and manageability to distributed NoSQL database bit.ly/Vb1IiT
— Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 18, 2013
For 451 clients: LogiXML serves up fresh cut of BI stack with an eye to more embedded analytics deals bit.ly/SppzsH By Krishna Roy
— Matt Aslett (@maslett) January 21, 2013
We are doing a migration from Amazon RDS to EC2 with a customer. This, unfortunately, involves some downtime – if you are an RDS user, you probably know you can’t replicate an RDS instance to an external server (or even EC2). While it is annoying, this post isn’t going to be a rant on how RDS can make you feel locked in. Instead, I wanted to give you a quick tip.
So here’s the thing – you can’t stop replication on RDS read replica, because you don’t have (and won’t get) privileges to do that:
replica> STOP SLAVE; ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'usr'@'%' (using password: YES)
Normally, you don’t want to do that, however we wanted to run some pt-upgrade checks before we migrate[Read more...]
Read the original article at Cloud Operations Interview
What does a cloud computing expert need to know? How do you hire a cloud computing expert? Competition for operations & DBAs is fierce, so you’ll want to know how to find the best.
If you’re a systems administrator or ops guy, you may want to prepare for an interview for such a position. Meanwhile, if you’re a director of it or operations, a recruiter or manager in HR, you’ll want to have some idea how to find the right candidate.
Here’s my guide to do just that. You may[Read more...]
I feel a sense of pride when I think that I was involved in the development and maintenance of what was probably the first piece of software accepted into Debian which then had and still has direct up-stream support from Microsoft. The world is a better place for having Microsoft in it. The first operating system I ever ran on an 08086-based CPU was MS-DOS 2.x. I remember how thrilled I was when we got to see how my friend’s 80286 system ran BBS software that would cause a modem to dial a local system and display the application as if it were running on a local machine. Totally sweet.
When we were living at 6162 NE Middle in the nine-eight 292, we got an 80386 which ran Doom. Yeah, the original one, not the fancy new one with the double barrel shotgun, but it would probably run that one, too.[Read more...]
Amazon announced high I/O instances today. This is huge for anyone with a database larger than available memory, as it’s been a complete nightmare dealing with EBS up till now. Now your Cassandra, MongoDB, MySQL, or whatever your using should be able to perform well without requiring keeping your entire dataset in memory.
With each instance you get 2x1TB of disk. In this tutorial I’ll be setting it up as a RAID0 to get a single 2TB disk which should deliver excellent performance.
Before you get started, make sure you’ve got mdadm installed:
apt-get install mdadm
To begin, check fdisk and make sure your 1TB drives are mounted.
root@ip-10-140-128-232:~# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/xvda1: 8589 MB, 8589934592 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1044
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[Read more...]
Topics for this podcast:
*OpenStack, Amazon, Eucalyptus and Citrix engage in open cloud warfare
*Microsoft spins off new company for openness
*Updates on automation players Puppet Labs and Opscode with Chef
*Percona turns attention to MySQL high availability
*Open APIs as the fifth pillar of modern IT openness
We’ve seen the rise of open source software in the enterprise and also beyond the IT industry, but the real keys to openness and its advantages in today’s technology world — where efficient use of cloud computing and supporting services are paramount — exist in open application programming interfaces, or APIs.
Open source software continues to be a critical part of software development, systems administration, IT operations and more, but much of the action in leveraging modern cloud computing and services-based infrastructures centers on APIs. Open APIs are the new open source.
Read the full story at LinuxInsider.
Rapid7 secures new funding. Microsoft drops Dryad. And more.
# Rapid7 secured $50m in series C funding.
# Microsoft confirmed that it is ditching its Dryad project in favour of Apache Hadoop.
# Arun Murthy provided more details of Apache Hadop 0.23.
# The Google Plugin for Eclipse and GWT Designer projects are now fully open source.
# openSUSE released version 12.1.
# Amazon[Read more...]
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Amazon's spot market for computing power is set up as an open market for surplus servers. The price is dynamic and depends on demand. So when demand is low, you can get computing instances for rock bottom prices. When you do that you normally set a range of prices you're willing to pay. If it goes over your top end, your instances get killed and re-provisioned for someone else. Obviously this wouldn't work for all applications, like a website that has to be up all the time, but for computing power, say to run some huge hedge fund analytics, it might fit perfectly.
A recent post on SEO MOZ alerted us to an interesting story where spot instances spiked to[Read more...]
When I spoke at Percona Live (video here) on running an E-commerce database in Amazon EC2, I briefly talked about using RAID 10 for additional performance and fault tolerance when using EBS volumes. At first, this seems counter intuitive. Amazon has a robust infrastructure, EBS volumes run on RAIDed hardware, and are mirrored in multiple availability zones. So, why bother? Today, I was reminded of just how important it is. Please note that all my performance statistics are based on direct experience running a MySQL database on a m2.4xlarge instance and not on some random bonnie or orion benchmark. I have those graphs floating around on my hard drive in glorious 3D and, while interesting, they do not necessarily reflect real-life[Read more...]
In the press in the last two days has been the reported outage of Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in just one North Virginia data center. This has affected many large website includes FourSquare, Hootsuite, Reddit and Quora. A detailed list can be found at ec2disabled.com.
For these popular websites was this avoidable? Absolutely.
Basic scalability principles if deployed in these systems architecture would have averted the significant downtime regardless of your development stack. While I work primarily in MySQL these principles are not new, nor are they complicated, however they are fundamental concepts in scalability that apply to any technology[Read more...]
Netflix went down over three hours ago, and everyone is on edge here. My son just started reciting the script to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in an attempt to keep our courage up. This may be the last thing I ever write, so — Oh, never mind, it's back up again ... Crisis averted, and on to this week's developer news.
Amazon this week unleashed their own Appstore for Android devices. Apple took umbrage at the use of the (evidently trademarked) term "App Store"[Read more...]
Paranoid Android. Canonical and Gnome. A new OSI. And more.
If you are interested in the potential violation of the GPL by the Android kernel you have probably already immersed yourself in the numerous blog posts published on the topic. If not, start with Sean Hogle’s analysis or Bradley M Kuhn’s overview of the original allegations and work backwards from there, not forgetting a detour for the obligatory Microsoft connection. Linus Torvalds said claim “seems totally bogus”. In the
Amazon's EC2 and its sister S3 service have been indisputable leaders in IaaS for a long while now and GlassFish and more generally J2EE/JavaEE took advantage of it starting in 2008 (see here and here), with documented how-to's and significant production references.
Just yesterday, AWS's Evangelist Jeff Barr announced[Read more...]
Patents! Patents! Patents! Canonical’s perfect 10. And more.
# Google responded to Oracle’s claims that its Android OS infringes copyrights and patents related to Java.
# Matt Asay evaluated the various patent claims against Android and its related devices.
# Microsoft licensed smartphone patents from ACCESS Co and a subsidiary of Acacia Research.
# Glyn Moody assessed what Microsoft’s[Read more...]
Openworld 2010, despite the supposedly lagging economy, had record attendance again this year. No doubt this was the result of Oracle acquiring something like fourteen companies since last year, including Sun in 2009. The crowds were thick, divided about evenly between geeks in badly-fitting vendor t-shirts and slick sales-side hustlers with dress pants and shiny shoes. I landed somewhere in the middle of the two (badly-fitting dress shirt, comfortable jeans and loafers), proudly sporting a long dangling codpiece of ribbons from my attendee badge:
My OOW2010 Codpiece
Oracle made a number of important announcements this year at OpenWorld, including a the Exalogic machine, and support for Amazon EC2, which I blogged[Read more...]
We continue to see more evidence of the themes we discuss in our latest CAOS special report, Seeding the Clouds, which examines the open source software used in cloud computing, the vendors backing open source, the cloud providers using it and the impact on the industry.
First, as usual, we are seeing consistencies between our own research — which indicates open source is a huge part of today’s cloud computing offerings from major providers like Amazon, Google, Rackspace, Terremark and VMware — and that of code analysis and management vendor Black Duck. In its analysis of code that runs the cloud, Black Duck also found a preponderance of open source pieces, in many cases the same projects we profile in our report.
Indeed, open source software is an[Read more...]
We use nginx and its features a lot in Scribd. Many times in the last year we needed some pretty interesting, but not supported feature – we wanted nginx X-Accel-Redirect functionality to work with remote URLs. Out of the box nginx supports this functionality for local URIs only. In this short post I want to explain how did we make nginx serve remote content via X-Accel-Redirect.
First of all, here is why you may need this feature. Let’s imagine you have a file storage on Amazon S3 where you store tons of content. And you have an application where you have some content downloading functionality that you want to be available for logged-in/paying/premium users and/or you want to keep track of downloads your[Read more...]
I guess they got tired of people sending angry emails about data transfer fees:
“Amazon provides an online calculator to help customers decide whether it makes financial sense to ship data via mail rather than uploading over the Internet. You plug in the number of terabytes, devices, average file size, return shipping information and other factors, and find out how much the data transfer would cost via mail compared to standard Internet uploads.
For example, transferring data from a single device containing 2TB would require 26 hours of data loading time and cost $144.74. Uploading the same amount of data over the Internet would cost $204.80. The calculator does not show how long the Internet transfer would take.”[Read more...]
VMware and Salesforce.com launch VMforce. Red Hat provides Cloud Access. And more.
# VMware and Salesforce.com launched VMforce, a platform for developing and deploying Java cloud applications.
# Red Hat Cloud Access enables enterprises to use their Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription on Amazon Web Services.
# Novell[Read more...]
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