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DataBricks Announces Spark SQL for Manipulating Structured Data Using Spark

by Matt Kapilevich on  Apr 19, 2014

DataBricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced a new addition into the Spark ecosystem called Spark SQL. Spark SQL is separate from Shark, and does not use Hive under the hood. InfoQ reached out to Reynold Xin and Michael Armbrust, software engineers at DataBricks, to learn more about Spark SQL.

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Want to Make Sure that MySQL Is “Web-Scale”

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter have decided to make sure that a relational databases is “web-scale”, so they have put their efforts behind WebScaleSQL, a branch of MySQL 5.6 Community Edition.

Data Warehousing in SQL Server 2014 RTM

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 18, 2014

SQL Server has been released to manufacturing with general availability set for April 1st. Through this week we’ll be covering various aspects of the new release starting with data warehousing.

Espresso Logic DBaaS Now Wraps SQL Stored Procedures in RESTful APIs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 14, 2014

Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.

Going Offline with LocalForage

by João Paulo Marques on  Feb 26, 2014

The Mozilla Foundation has released localForage, a new JavaScript library that promises to simplify the process of storing offline data in web applications. What makes this library unique is the fact that it tries to combine the best of both worlds: the features of some more recent technologies (asynchronism and blob support) with a simple API.

Google Cloud SQL now Generally Available

by Chris Swan on  Feb 14, 2014

Google have announced general availability of their Cloud SQL service. At launch the service comes with automatic encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA and support for databases up to 500GB in size.

More on Indexes in In-Memory OLTP

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 03, 2014

Indexes in SQL Server’s In-Memory OLTP don’t work exactly like normal indexes. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the differences need to be kept in mind to avoid performance problems.

Presto-as-a-Service: Interactive SQL Queries on AWS

by Charles Menguy on  Jan 24, 2014

Presto, a technology from Facebook enabling interactive SQL queries on petabytes of data, has now taken a first step into mainstream adoption. Big Data startup Qubole has launched its Presto-as-a-Service alpha with integration to Amazon Web Services.

OpenAccess ORM Q3 2013 SP1 Adds VS 2013 Support, Discontinued Classic Wizards, Oracle 9i and MySQL 5

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 03, 2014

The recently released OpenAccess ORM Q3 2013 SP1 by Telerik has introduced support for Visual Studio 2013 in addition to extended support for Visual Studio 2008. Moreover, support for classic wizards, Oracle 9i and MySQL 5.0 will be discontinued beginning with the next release of OpenAccess ORM.

Open Source SQL-in-Hadoop Solutions: Where Are We?

by Michael Hausenblas on  Dec 10, 2013

With Facebook recently releasing Presto as open source, the already crowded SQL-in-Hadoop market just became a tad more intricate. A number of open source tools are competing for the attention of developers: Hortonworks Stinger initiative around Hive, Apache Drill, Apache Tajo, Cloudera’s Impala, Salesforce’s Phoenix (for HBase) and now Facebook’s Presto.

A First Look at Opserver, Stack Exchange's Monitoring Solution

by João Miranda on  Dec 09, 2013

Opserver is an open source monitoring solution, released by StackExchange, of StackOverflow's fame. Opserver provides a quick overall view of each monitored system's health, while allowing the user to deep dive using a drill-down approach. InfoQ talked with Nick Crave, one of Opserver’s creators, for additional insight.

Cascading 2.5 Supports Hadoop 2

by Boris Lublinsky on  Nov 19, 2013

New version of Cascading released this week incorporates Hadoop 2 support and includes Cascading Lingual - an open source project that provides a comprehensive ANSI SQL interface for accessing Hadoop-based data

Presto: Facebook’s Distributed SQL Query Engine

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 12, 2013

Facebook has open-sourced Presto, their distributed SQL query engine. Presto uses a pipelined architecture rather than the Map/Reduce design found elsewhere. In production since early this year, Facebook has since “deployed in multiple geographical regions and [they] have successfully scaled a single cluster to 1,000 nodes”.

SQL Makes a Comeback through NewSQL

by Abel Avram on  Nov 08, 2013 1

New database developments indicate a return to SQL, but not by running the traditional relational stores on bigger and better hardware, not even on sharded architectures, but through NewSQL solutions.

NuoDB Blackbirds 2.0 Gets Geo-distributed Capability

by Abel Avram on  Oct 17, 2013

NuoDB has announced version 2.0 of their NewSQL database, now a globally distributed database that can run in the cloud or on premises with real-time replication.

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