Microsoft has dramatically changed the support policy for SQL Server. In the past, the policy was essentially "wait for a service pack unless you have a problem". Now they want developers to proactively Cumulative Updates.
SQL Server 2016 is removing a lot of the limitations on memory-optimized tables including the inability to work with the large documents favored by NoSQL style designs.
After a brief beta period that saw customers migrate more than 1,000 on-premises databases to the cloud, AWS formally released their Database Migration Service. This on-demand cloud service supports live migration scenarios, and customers who wish to switch their database platform as part of the migration can do so, thanks to a free schema conversion tool.
InfoQ's Rags Srinivas caught up with Stephan Ewen, a project committer for Apache Flink about the 1.0.0 Release and the roadmap
Jinq, a library to provide a DSL for database queries, has been made available for Java and Scala. The work is inspired by .NET's LINQ, and aims at enabling easy-to-write queries with support for type safety. As commented by Ming-Yee Iu, creator of the tool, work on Jinq started in 2006 under project name Queryll; however, the adoption of lambdas in Java 8 is what has realised its full potential.
At the microXchg 2016 conference, held in Berlin, Germany, Uwe Friedrichsen presented a deep-dive into “real-world consistency explained”. Friedrichsen referenced multiple academic papers and discussed topics such as ACID vs BASE, his belief that many developers may not fully understand consistency guarantees with a typical SQL database, and how consistency affects microservice systems.
Microsoft’s executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie announced SQL Server is coming to Linux, thus once more confirming Microsoft’s new course on open source software. SQL Server will be generally available on Linux sometime mid 2017, with a private preview being available now.
Netflix has shed light on how the company uses the latest version of their Keystone Data Pipeline, a petabyte-scale real-time event stream processing system for business and product analytics. This news summarizes the three major versions of the pipeline, now used by almost every application at Netflix.
Funnel analysis is used to analyze a sequence of events to help with user engagement on a website or a mobile application. Data Science team at Twitter uses this concept to learn how users interact with user interfaces during sign up or tweeting for improving user engagement with Twitter.
A game simulation at Google's Deep Mind defeated expert humans at Go last month in a breakthrough for AI. Go is considered one of the great unsolved problems in AI.
RethinkDB has launched a Windows port of their database. This version of RethinkDB took a year of development, runs on Windows 64-bit and it is currently in beta.
SQL Server is add support for the statistical programming language R.
IBM has announced four new data services: Analytics Exchange, Compose Enterprise, Graph, and Predictive Analytics. IBM’s new data services are meant to enable users to analyze their own data or get access to datasets provided by IBM. While some of the services run on Bluemix, for others the data can be deployed on other clouds, including private ones.
Last year, Netflix Cloud Database Engineering (CDE) team introduced Dynomite. Dynomite is a proxy layer, aiming to turn any non-distributed database into a sharded, multi-region replication aware distributed database system. Now Netflix released a benchmark using Dynomite with Redis in AWS infrastructure.